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June 2021
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Finland: MP faces jail over Bible verses tweet

A Finnish politician is facing two years of jail time for so-called ‘hate speech’, after the prosecutor general brought three criminal charges against her. As reported in previous editions of ET, former minister of the interior Päivi Räsänen has been under investigation ever since 2019 when she objected to the Evangelical Lutheran Church’s decision…

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June 2021
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India: Call to pray over Covid crisis

Christian charities and organisations have called for prayer and much-needed supplies to help relieve millions of people suffering as a result of Covid-19’s rampage in India. According to the Disasters Emergency Committee, there were more than 2.7 million new cases in just one week in May, with more than a quarter of a million…

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June 2021
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China: Christians could face ‘re-education’ camps

Christians in China may find persecution stepping up a pace, with reports warning that they could find themselves in ‘re-education camps’. Press reports have cited ‘ever-growing evidence of the deteriorating treatment of religious groups in China’, highlighting the treatment of the Uyghur Muslims, who have been taken to camps in Xinjiang, as an example…

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June 2021
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Germany: Town bans street prayer outside abortion clinic

A pro-life group in Germany has been banned from gathering to pray, even in silence, near the centre of town where an abortion clinic stands. The ‘40 Days for Life’ group were banned from standing to pray or protest in Pforzheim in 2019, and have taken their case to the courts, stating they have…

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June 2021
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Ireland: Church lockdown ends, but politician calls for ‘conversion therapy’ ban

Churches in the Republic of Ireland have been allowed to restart in-person worship services. Church services were permitted to resume on 10 May after a blanket ban lasting almost a year. While church worship was banned, commercial public venues such as dry cleaners and off-licenses were allowed to open with safety measures in place.…

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June 2021
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Iran: Four Christian converts arrested by intelligence services

Four Christians in Iran who converted from Islam have been arrested by the Iranian intelligence services, according to reports. One of the men was beaten, and others were physically assaulted while in a detention facility. The four men – Esmaeil Narimanpour, Mohammad Ali Torabi, Alireza Varak-Shah and Hojat Lotfi-Khalaf – were later released. Following…

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May 2021
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Australia: New laws proposed to protect religious freedom

A bill that would make it harder to discriminate against a person on the basis of their faith and genuinely held belief has been backed by a parliamentary committee in New South Wales (NSW), Australia. Mark Latham, leader of NSW’s One Nation party, has put forward amendments to change the state’s anti-discrimination laws to…

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May 2021
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Global: Series of international legal actions taken against the forced closures of places of worship

Countries the world over have taken their governments to court over the forced closure of places of worship during the 2021 lockdown, and some have won. In Chile, the Supreme Court ruled unanimously that Covid-19 restrictions had been applied in a ‘discriminatory manner’ against believers. The ruling came at the start of Holy Week…

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May 2021
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Ireland: Opposition grows against Euthanasia bill

A coalition of campaigners have spoken out against Ireland’s proposed euthanasia bill, calling it ‘dangerous’ and claiming it will undermine palliative end-of-life care for vulnerable people. The Dying with Dignity Bill, which is going through the Irish parliament, aims to legalise euthanasia and assisted suicide in the Republic of Ireland. It also contains provisions…

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May 2021
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Eritrea: Christians arrested during two prayer meetings

Christians have been arrested in Eritrea in a brace of government-sanctioned raids. In March, the army raided a prayer meeting held by 23 women in the capital city of Asmara and imprisoned the women at Mai Sarawa prison. Shortly after this, another 12 Christians were arrested in Assab, near the border with Djibouti, when…

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May 2021
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Indonesia: Christians increase security after church is bombed during Easter

Indonesian Christians were forced to step up security over Easter after a terrorist carried out a suicide bombing at a church in Makassar, Sulawesi, on Palm Sunday. According to Al Jazeera, there are approximately 23 million Christians in Indonesia, compared with 270 million Muslims. Al Jazeera stated the bomber was known to Indonesian police,…

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May 2021
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US: Jim Elliot plaque is reworded to remove references to ‘savages’

Wheaton College, an evangelical liberal arts college in Illinois, is revising wording on a plaque commemorating the deaths of the five missionaries killed in Ecuador in 1956. The plaque, which hung in the foyer of the college’s main chapel for 64 years, had been donated by the class of 1949. According to a letter…

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