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  • Pakistan may review Bibi acquittal, forbids travel

    November 7 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Pakistan may review Bibi acquittal, forbids travel

    Christian mother Asia Bibi’s freedom is once again in jeopardy, just days after Pakistan’s Supreme Court acquitted her of blasphemy and freed her from death row. The government is allowing her detractors to request a review of the Oct. 31 acquittal and are forbidding Bibi to flee the country, The Guardian reported Nov. 2.

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  • Christian, ethnic persecution ‘nightmare’ in China

    October 11 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 1 comments
    Christian, ethnic persecution ‘nightmare’ in China

    Christians and ethnic minorities are living a “nightmare” in China under President Xi Jinping, a congressional commission report released Oct. 10 documents. Jinping’s unmerciful program to “Sinicize” religion into a government-controlled framework, marginalize ethnic minorities including Uyghur Muslims, and redefine human rights intensified in 2018, making life a nightmare for civilians …

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  • Christian mother’s life in hands of Pakistani court

    October 10 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Christian mother’s life in hands of Pakistani court

    Christian mother Asia Bibi only offered a Muslim coworker a drink of water. Subsequently convicted of blasphemy and sentenced to death in 2010, Bibi awaits the result of her final court appeal heard Oct. 8. The coworker said Bibi’s Christianity made the water ceremonially unclean, setting off a chain of false accusations …

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  • China shutters churches, demands recant of faith

    September 13 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    China shutters churches, demands recant of faith

    China is raiding and shuttering churches, assaulting worshipers, destroying crosses and burning Bibles in escalating persecution of Christians under a Communist constitution that claims to grant religious freedom. Police shut down the largest house church in Beijing Sunday (Sept. 9), the multisite Zion Church, Reuters reported.

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  • U.N. accuses Myanmar military of Rohingya genocide

    August 29 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    U.N. accuses Myanmar military of Rohingya genocide

    Murder, rape, enslavement and other crimes against Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslims necessitate the country’s military leaders be charged with genocide, the United Nations said Aug. 27. “Criminal investigation and prosecution is warranted, focusing on the top Tatmadaw generals, in relation to the three categories of crimes under international law,” the U.N. said in a special report …

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  • Christian ‘genocide’: naming Nigeria’s mass slaughter

    August 7 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 1 comments
    Christian ‘genocide’: naming Nigeria’s mass slaughter

    The mass slaughter of Christians in Nigeria is calculated genocide abetted by the government in the nation that is Africa’s most Christian, cries a growing number of leaders calling on the United States to intervene. Evangelical John Stonestreet, president of the Colson Center for Christian Worldview, is among the latest to describe as genocide …

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  • N.C. lawmakers urge release of Pastor Andrew Brunson

    July 10 2018 by K. Allan Blume, BR Editor | with 0 comments
    N.C. lawmakers urge release of Pastor Andrew Brunson

    Forty-eight of 50 North Carolina senators signed a senatorial statement urging the Turkish government to release Pastor Andrew Brunson. A Presbyterian minister from Black Mountain, N.C., Brunson has been imprisoned by Turkey since Oct. 7, 2016. He was arrested and wrongly associated with a group that Turkish authorities say …

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  • Pew: Religious restrictions spreading globally

    June 25 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Pew: Religious restrictions spreading globally

    Religious restrictions continue to spread globally in Pew Research Center’s ninth annual study of laws and social hostilities in 198 countries, although most countries still rank low to moderate on a study scale researchers devised. Less than half of the countries, 42 percent, ranked high or very high on Pew’s scale of restrictions including both …

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  • Mother’s Day suicide bombers hit Indonesia churches

    May 15 2018 by Morning Star News | with 0 comments
    Mother’s Day suicide bombers hit Indonesia churches

    Islamic extremists in Indonesia, including a family of suicide bombers that targeted three churches, launched multiple attacks beginning Mother’s Day that reportedly killed at least 25 people. East Java police told reporters May 14 that 13 of the 25 dead were the assailants, according to the Jakarta Post.

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  • ERLC: Make religious freedom a priority in Africa

    May 11 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    ERLC: Make religious freedom a priority in Africa

    Religious freedom should be a priority for U.S. relations with autocratic regimes in Sub-Saharan Africa, a Southern Baptist policy specialist told members of Congress. Steven Harris called for the focus on religious liberty during his testimony to a House of Representatives subcommittee of the Foreign Affairs Committee.

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  • North Korea prisoners’ release spurs hope for revival

    May 11 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    North Korea prisoners’ release spurs hope for revival

    The release of three American Christians from North Korea is hopefully an early sign of Christian revival in the Asian nation, Paul Kim said. “It’s bigger than just releasing the three individuals,” said Kim, Asian American relations consultant to the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee. “I think there will be very exciting things happening.”

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  • USCIRF: Persecution grows despite elevated awareness

    April 27 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    USCIRF: Persecution grows despite elevated awareness

    While egregious acts of religious persecution are more likely to cause global protest 20 years after the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998, many countries are increasingly denying such freedoms, a federal watchdog commission reported. The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom noted the dichotomy in releasing its religious freedom violations.

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  • Rwanda closes thousands of churches, arrests 6 pastors

    April 9 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 1 comments
    Rwanda closes thousands of churches, arrests 6 pastors

    An estimated 6,000 churches have been closed across Rwanda and six pastors arrested in a government crackdown with 700 closures in the nation’s capital of Kigali. The six pastors, who reportedly tried to rally public support for the churches in Kigali, were accused of “masterminding” a plot to disobey the government.

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  • Solace amid persecution for India’s Christian minority

    April 5 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Solace amid persecution for India’s Christian minority

    Christians comprising just 2.3 percent of India’s population noted two legal successes this Easter as religious persecution mounts under the Hindu nation’s ruling Indian People’s Party. In Meghalaya, one of three Indian states where Christians comprise a population majority, the government responded to widespread public protests and withdrew an order to halt Good Friday observances.

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  • Kidnapped pastor’s family ‘solid and secure in Jesus’

    March 27 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Kidnapped pastor’s family ‘solid and secure in Jesus’

    A Malaysian pastor threatened with death for trying to convert Muslims to Christianity remains missing more than a year after his February 2017 kidnapping in Kuala Lumpur. The family of 63-year-old Raymond Koh has heard nothing of his whereabouts or health since his abduction by as many as a dozen masked men in broad daylight.

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