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24 January

China brings its cruel crackdown on Uighur advocates to the U.S.

I have had the privilege of meeting with Ziba Murat and Rushan Abbas to hear their agonizing story - of a elderly relative, a retired medical doctor being punished by the Chinese regime because they dare to speak up about the Uighur persecution.

24 January

Turkish Parliamentary approves extradition with China in its hunt for Uyghur refugees

China continues to expand its global reach to punish those who dare to speak out about the regime’s abuses.

24 January

USCIRF Condemns Harsh Sentence for Christian Bookseller in China

The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) condemns the harsh and disproportionate sentence handed down to Chinese Christian bookseller Chen Yu.

24 January

Attacks on Christian churches at Christmas in Nigeria results in death and destruction

We need to keep reminding the world of the impact of hatred – Boko Haram continues its campaign of viciousness

06 January

A region in Sudan is allowing the construction of church buildings

The Governor of Sudan’s Gezira state, Abdalla Ali Ahmed Idriss, has authorized the construction of four church buildings and has granted land for the construction, in what is a unique historic development.

05 January

Treasure Hunters Damage Chapel in Turkey

Turkey now has a dubious reputation for limiting rights of religious and cultural minorities. Rhetoric used by political figures appears to validate social perceptions about Christians that lead to treasure hunting and other types of challenges.

04 January

Indonesia Bans Hardline Muslim Group FPI

The security minister of Indonesia has announced that the Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) was being disbanded for violating the law and disrupting peace and security.

31 December

Hindu temple demolished in Pakistan province

Another example of the failure of Pakistan to put in place the controls to limit extremism.

30 December

USCIRF Calls for Release of Ramy Kamel

Coptic activist Ramy Kamel was arrested in late 2019 by Egyptian authorities and has been held in pretrial detention since. This call for his release comes following news of his rapidly declining health.

30 December

Legal Restrictions to Religious Freedom in Brunei

The US Commission on International Religious Freedom has done a series of excellent reports on specific nations and their activities on religious freedom. Here is a recent Spotlight episode on Brunei

19 December

Intolerance in India continues to grow

The failure of government leaders to condemn acts of violence on minorities has contributed to growing fears amongst faith groups.

Government officials in Shanxi’s Taiyuan city destroyed a temple’s religious books and threw them to the trash.
15 December

The Chinese government has turned up the pressure on Christians withing China

After banning anyone under 18 from even entering a church building they are now going after printed material. Books that were previously published are now being used as evidence to sentence printers and authors to long term prison sentence.

14 December

Christmas in China’s prison cells

Here is a tribute to so many in China who were paying a price this Christmas for their courage.

14 December

Boko Haram claims attack in Niger that killed dozens

Attacks by Boko Haram in northeastern spread to neighbouring countries such as Niger, Cameroon and Chad. Here is the account of a preChristmas attack in Niger

09 December

It's Time to Get Concerned About Russia

Russian persecution of religious minorities has continued to accelerate over the last year. While the evidence is abundant, the consequences have been minimal and Russia has only accelerated its persecution in recent years.

09 December

Detention of human rights defender Ramy Kamel

On 27 February 2020, the Criminal Court of Cairo rejected the appeal of human rights defender Ramy Kamel and renewed his detention for an additional 15 days. The human rights defender has been detained since 23 November 2019.

08 December

Extremist Group Arrests Villagers in Syria

Although the Yazidi community had suffered immense persecution at the hands of ISIS, their safety is not assured even as people return to the area in which the once lived as other groups move and continue persecution.

Arzoo Raja, 13-year-old Christian girl in Karachi, and Ali Azhar on far right. (Photo released by Sindh government)
23 November

Parents Denied Custody of Allegedly Kidnapped Daughter

A high court in Pakistan has ruled that a 13-year-old Catholic girl allegedly abducted and forcibly converted and married to a Muslim man must remain in a government shelter home until she reaches age 18.

28 October

UN HRC 45 Side Event: China Bans Faith for All Children

Here is an introduction to a very important event highlighting the incredible pressure China is putting on parents and children as they continue to decimate personal rights, in this case the right to belief.

23 October

Answering the Call to Protect Religious Freedom: A Year in Review

A report from the U.S. Department of State on work to protect religious freedom over the past year.

Professor Naeem Ud Din Khattak was shot dead on his way home from college in a religiously motivated attack. (Photo supplied)
06 October

Ahmadi professor shot dead in Pakistan for his faith

Persecution of Ahmadis in Pakistian continues, with more deaths.

03 October

Religious freedom under assault in 'Europe's last dictatorship'

Belarus President Lukashenko makes no secret of his atheism. He has mostly refrained from overt actions against religious groups, but now there are worrying signs that his government is actively undermining the independence of religious groups.

The Snezhkov family at a protest in Gomel on September 27
03 October

Old Believers denounce illegal detention of peaceful family in Belarus

Children taken by Belarus officials after parent express personal beliefs by protesting

Members of the mob damage a home in one of the villages. Credit: CSW
29 September

Christian families from tribal communities in five villages attacked by mob

Christian families belonging to the Scheduled Tribe community located in five villages in Kondagaon District, Chhattisgarh had their homes ransacked and farmland and property destroyed by a large mob in attacks which took place over two days.

28 September

Genocide Should Be Bad For Business

How far Do regimes like China and Mynamar have to go before right minded people and governments make them pay a price for their cruelty?