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President Erdogan declared the building a mosque and said the first prayers would be held there within two weeks [Murad Sezer/Reuters]
14 July

Turkey to cover Hagia Sophia's Christian icons during prayers

Governing party's statement comes days after Ankara turned the iconic monument from a museum into a mosque.

14 July

Where Is the Outrage Over Anti-Semitism in Sports and Hollywood?

The Hollywood Reporter columnist calls out the hateful outbursts against Jews by Ice Cube, DeSean Jackson and others and explains how the muted response "perpetuates racism" and contributes to an overall "Apatholypse."

13 July

The relationship between blasphemy laws and religious extremism in the Middle East and North Africa

While an estimated 69 countries across the globe possess blasphemy laws of some kind, no geographical region has as many countries with such laws as the Middle East and North Africa. In many of these countries the penalties are among the most severe.

13 July

Bangladesh restricts public Eid prayers amid pandemic

Bangladesh has barred congregational prayers on the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha on traditionally-designated open grounds to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, according to senior officials.

A Hindu temple in Mithi, Pakistan.Credit...Rizwan Tabassum/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images
08 July

Islamists Block Construction of First Hindu Temple in Islamabad

A Hindu temple planned for Islamabad, the city’s first, was supposed to be a symbol of tolerance. Instead, violence and controversy have turned it into an emblem of Pakistan’s troubled relationship with its religious minorities.

08 July

City to pay $50,000 to evangelist banned from park

The Portland, Oregon city government has paid a street evangelist $50,000 after acknowledging last fall it was wrong to ban the man from a downtown park for preaching.

08 July

The Truro Review

United Kingdom Bishop of Truro’s Independent Review for the Foreign Secretary of Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (FCO) Support for Persecuted Christians

Darbar Sahib By Marsmux Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0
03 July

Sikhs Blocked on Instagram and Facebook

Sikh users of Facebook and Instagram discovered they could not post messages if they used the #sikh hashtag.

02 July

President Ji needs to go

The most populous nation in the world is a critical international player and needs to take a credible role in the world. And the present leadership is making a mockery of his own people.

30 June

New Law in Iran Threatens More Arrests of Christians, Rights Advocates Say

Legislation passed by parliament in Iran could make it easier to arrest and imprison Christians and other religious minorities, rights advocates said.

Cancelling the Hajj would be unprecedented in modern times, but curbing attendance from high-risk areas has happened before [Saudi Press Agency via Reuters]
20 June

Indonesia to skip Hajj pilgrimage over coronavirus fears

Largest contingent of worshippers will not be doing the annual trip to Saudi Arabia.

The Cox's Bazar camps are home to nearly a million refugees(Photo: Tearfund)
20 June

Fears for Rohingya refugees as Covid-19 reaches camps

There are fears for hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh after the first confirmed cases of Covid-19 were reported in the camps this week. The Cox's Bazar camps are home to over 850,000 Rohingya refugees.

19 June

Hopes Wilt for Teaching Christianity in Schools in Sudan

Hopes that the transitional government in Sudan would bring back Christianity as a school subject alongside Islam wilted when officials omitted it from an academic schedule released last week.

Rahim Akhundov, 2016 c. Rahim Akhundov [CC BY-NC-ND 4.0]
18 June

AZERBAIJAN: Will fired parliamentary staffer be reinstated?

Former parliamentary staff member Rahim Akhundov, who says he was dismissed from his jobin December 2018 on the orders of the secret police because of his Christian faith, will take his suit for reinstatement to Azerbaijan's Supreme Court.

17 June

YouTube censors John Piper's audiobook, 'Coronavirus and Christ'

YouTube has censored the audiobook version of Reformed theologian John Piper's new book, Coronavirus and Christ, claiming it violated "community standards."

17 June

Blasphemy a Capital Offense in Some Countries, Expunged in Others

More than seventy of the world’s countries have some kind of anti-blasphemy laws, the worst of which are Iran Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia, Qatar, Egypt and Italy. Western nations have no blasphemy laws so detractors may say what they want.

15 June

Nigeria: Unfolding Genocide?

The All-Party Parliamentary Group for International Freedom of Religion or Belief has launched a new report into Nigeria. Members have been alarmed by the dramatic and escalating violence in Nigeria characterised as the farmer-herder conflict.

Iranian authorities target at least 77 Baha’is across the country in recent weeks despite the present health crisis.
11 June

Escalation in persecution of Baha’is in Iran

Iranian authorities have escalated their persecution of the Baha’is, targeting at least 77 individuals across the country in recent weeks despite the present health crisis afflicting the country.

10 June

Freedom of Religion or Belief in China Today

Repressed, Removed, Re-Educated: The stranglehold on religious life in China

Pastor Acharya and his family (c) Morningstarnews.org
09 June

Nepalese police arrest pastor for preaching about COVID-19

In Nepal, praying in public could mean prison time. Recently, the police arrested a pastor for allegedly spreading misinformation about Corona virus and praying for his congregation in fear of the pandemic.

President and Mrs. Trump visit the John Paul II Shrine prior to the President signing the Executive Order. (Photo credit: LifeSite News)
05 June

A Huge Step for Advancing International Religious Freedom

President Trump has issued an executive order “Advancing International Religious Freedom.” The Institute on Religion and Democracy commends the President for his ongoing commitment to defend persecuted Christians and other religious believers.

04 June

The Gospel According to Xi

Beijing considers publishing official translations of holy texts like the Bible. (requires a log in)

AP Video Screenshot. Terrence Floyd condemns violent riots, asks for peaceful protests
02 June

George Floyd's Brother Condemns Riots: 'He Would Not Want You All to be Doing This'

George Floyd’s younger brother is begging for the violence to stop. "Do this peacefully, please," he pleaded on Monday as a crowd of grieving protesters gathered at the site where his brother died after being pinned under a police officer’s knee.

Left to right: Khalil Dehghanpour, Mohammed Vafadar, Kamal Naamanian, Hossein Kadivar.
02 June

Iranian House Church Leaders Summoned to Begin Five-Year Prison Sentences

Four Iranian Christian converts have been summoned to begin their five-year jail sentences for leading house-churches, for which they were convicted of “acting against national security.”