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January 2021
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Canada: Euthanasia for woman who couldn’t face Christmas lockdown

An elderly Canadian woman was euthanised to avoid a second Covid-19 lockdown over the Christmas period, according to news reports. Canadian TV station CTV reported that 90-year old Nancy Russell, who was neither chronically ill nor dying, was allowed to die by elective lethal injection to avoid going through another lockdown. While she was…

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January 2021
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North Korea: More people are seeing Bibles despite increased persecution

More people in North Korea are seeing Bibles even though persecution has worsened in the country, according to a new report. The findings are published in the ‘White Paper on Religious Freedom in North Korea’ written by the Database Center for North Korean Human Rights. Twenty years ago, only 16 North Korean defectors claimed…

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January 2021
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US: Supreme Court blocks limits on worshipers in New York State

The US Supreme Court has ruled against the imposition of ‘severe restrictions’ on public worship in New York State during the Covid-19 pandemic. Governor Cuomo wanted to limit the number of worshippers to as few as ten people in the worst affected regions of the State. But in a 5-4 majority verdict, the court…

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January 2021
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Global: Christians are being targeted ‘in plain sight’

Christian organisations galvanised believers across the UK and elsewhere to pray for persecuted believers around the world. In November last year, the Evangelical Alliance, Christian Solidarity Worldwide, Open Doors and Release International mobilised people for the 24th International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church (IDOP), as reports of rising persecution showed Christians were…

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December 2020
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Poland: Court’s abortion ruling protects disabled unborn babies

Poland’s highest court has ruled that abortions on the grounds of disability will no longer be permitted. The Constitutional Tribunal ruled that the current law is unconstitutional. It is under this law that 98 percent of the country’s abortions are carried out, including for conditions such as Down’s syndrome. Once the court’s decision comes…

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December 2020
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Pakistan: Reports of ‘extreme’ persecution against Christians

Advocacy organisations have warned against rising threat levels against Christians in Pakistan, highlighting the continued use of highly contentious blasphemy laws and institutionalised aggression. Open Doors has branded the persecution level in the country – which is the fifth-largest by population – as ‘extreme’. In its 2020 World Watch List, it cited ‘dozens of…

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November 2020
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Nigeria & China: Still major concern for Release International

Nigeria and China remain major concerns in 2020 for Release International, according to its latest report. The Christian advocacy organisation cited rising Islamist terrorism in Nigeria and neighbouring countries as a significant cause for ‘alarm’, with Christians increasingly in danger because of their professed faith. In its annual accounts, Release reported, ‘The persecution of…

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November 2020
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France: Court rules against ‘mother’ name for man

France’s highest court has ruled that a man who lives as if he is a woman cannot be listed as the mother of his child. The Cour de Cassation overturned a 2018 ruling which gave the 51-year-old man the new status of ‘biological parent’ for his now six-year-old child. He had asked to be…

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November 2020
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US: Mark Dever’s church sues local officials in Washington DC

A prominent evangelical church in Washington, D.C., has filed a lawsuit against the District of Columbia over restrictions on worship gatherings. The legal action, taken by Capitol Hill Baptist Church, claims that the District’s administration is violating its First Amendment rights by openly tolerating mass protests while prohibiting worship services of more than 100…

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November 2020
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Vietnam: Pastor released after four years in prison

A Vietnamese pastor has been released after four years of imprisonment, advocacy organisation Alliance Defending Freemdom International has revealed. Pastor A Dao was imprisoned for his faith in 2016 after attending the Southeast Asia Freedom of Religion or Belief Conference. The leader of the Montagnard Evangelical Church of Christ had presented a talk at…

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November 2020
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Russia: Draft bill aims to curb foreign-trained pastors

Lawmakers in Russia are proposing a bill to restrict foreign-trained pastors from preaching. Commentators warn it could deal a ‘powerful blow’ to religious freedom in the country. In September, the bill on freedom of conscience and religious association amending federal law was expected to be passed by the State Duma. The original date of…

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November 2020
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Iran: Research suggests big surge in number of Christians to one million

Fresh research has revealed the rapid growth of the church in Iran, with Iranian Christians now thought to number around one million. The study was conducted by The Group for Analyzing and Measuring Attitudes in Iran (GAMAAN). The Netherlands-based research group seeks to access the opinions of Iranians on sensitive issues that cannot be…

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