A Christian advocacy organisation has welcomed a report endorsed by HRH The Prince of Wales, which has concluded that Christians are the ‘most persecuted religious minority in the world’.
According to the report from Roman Catholic charity, Aid to the Church in Need, the past two years have seen a period of serious decline in religious freedom in many parts of the world.
The prince was quoted as saying, ‘It is an indescribable tragedy that Christianity is now under such threat in the Middle East’.
Data from Release International has revealed that more than 30,000 Christians have been detained inside North Korea’s prison and concentration camps. More than 1000 Christians remain imprisoned without trial in Eritrea, while there are continual crackdowns and imprisonment for Christians in Vietnam, India and Iran.
Paul Robinson, chief executive of Release International, said, ‘Add to this China, Nigeria, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Sudan and many more. Increasing numbers of Christians face violence, imprisonment and death, as global instability and uncertainty increase’.
During 2014 Release International held a day of prayer to encourage the UK churches to remember the persecuted church. It produced a 10-minute DVD, called Scattered, which includes brief testimonies of Christian former prisoners in Iran, with specific prayer points.
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