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February 2019
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Netherlands: Dementia patient euthanised despite saying she ‘didn’t want to die’

A doctor has been charged with unlawfully ending a patient’s life in the first case of its kind since euthanasia was legalised in the Netherlands in 2002. The nursing home doctor, who remains anonymous, administered a lethal injection to a 74-year-old dementia patient despite the fact that her will was ‘unclear and contradictory’. Prosecutors have said that the doctor had ‘not acted carefully’ and ‘overstepped a line’. Though the dementia-sufferer had earlier expressed a desire for euthanasia when ‘the time was right’, in the days before she was killed, she had said she did not want to die.

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February 2019
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Germany: Court upholds removal of children from home-school family

The German state acted within Convention law in removing children from a home-schooling family, the European Court of Human Rights has ruled. The Wunderlich family are considering a potential appeal to the Grand Chamber of the court. In August 2013, more than 30 police officers and social workers stormed the home of the Wunderlich family. The authorities forcibly removed the children from their parents and their home, leaving the family traumatised.       The children were ultimately returned to their parents but their legal status remained unclear as Germany is one of the few European countries that penalises families who want to home school. After domestic courts...

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February 2019
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Greece: Court rules against the forced application of Sharia law

The European Court of Human Rights ruled against Greece in a case involving the forced application of Islamic Sharia law in an inheritance dispute. The case centred on a Muslim Greek man’s will in which he bequeathed all he owned to his wife. But it was deemed invalid after it was challenged by his sisters. However, the man’s widow appealed to the European court in 2014, having lost three quarters of her inheritance. She argued she had been discriminated against on religious grounds as, had her husband not been Muslim, she would have inherited his entire estate under Greek law. The European court agreed. In...

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February 2019
News > International > Persecution

China: Police given quotas for arrests of Christians

The religious liberty magazine Bitter Winter is reporting that police stations in the major port city of Dalian (a population of 6.6 million) in northeast China are being evaluated based on the number of Christians they arrest. A police officer from Dalian, the second-largest city in Liaoning Province, near the North Korean border, told the magazine that his station had received a notice from the National Security Bureau which, as part of a performance-assessment plan, set out how many Christians they would have to arrest. The officer said that all stations in the city had received a similar plan, assessing the station’s performance with a...

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February 2019
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Iran: More than 100 Christians arrested amidst Govt crackdown

More than 100 Christians have been arrested in Iran in just one week and ordered to cut all contact with religious groups and house churches. They were detained by Iranian authorities, questioned on their involvement in Christian activities, and told to expect a call from Iran’s Ministry of Intelligence. Christian charity Open Doors UK, which speaks out against persecution of believers, has described the news as ‘highly concerning’. Many of the 114 believers were converts to Christianity from Islam who were accused of proselytising. Conversion to Christianity is an offence punishable by more than ten years’ imprisonment. The recent events are part of a growing...

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February 2019
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Vietnam: Napalm girl testifies, ‘Those bombs led me to Christ’

In 1972, at the height of the Vietnam War, a picture of a young girl shocked the world. She had torn her burning clothes from her skin, and was screaming in agony as the napalm continued to burn into her flesh. But Kim Phuc Phan Thi survived the napalm attack and has now explained how her horrific experience brought her to Christ. Aged just nine at the time of the attack, she awoke in a morgue, and was rescued by her parents, but her agony would continue. She was also ostracised when she returned to her village because of her disfigurement. She initially prayed to...

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February 2019
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US: Christian teacher fired for not using preferred pronouns

A Christian schoolteacher has been fired from his position at West Point High School, in the US state of Virginia, after he refused to use a student’s preferred pronouns. Peter Vlaming, a French teacher, said that using male pronouns for a female student identifying as ‘male’ violated his conscience. Despite offering to use the student’s name the school board dismissed him on the grounds of discrimination. Mr Vlaming stressed that he was not intending to be offensive or discriminatory saying: ‘I’m happy to avoid female pronouns not to offend because I’m not here to provoke’. ‘I can’t refer to a female as a male, and...

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February 2019
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US remains polarised after mid-term elections

When Donald Trump was elected President of the United States, the nation, and indeed the world was stunned to see such a monumental political upset as Trump won against Hillary Clinton in 2016. The election baffled pundits and populace alike as Trump won the electoral vote whilst losing the popular vote to Clinton. Despite his political incorrectness and explosive personality, his mantra of ‘Make America Great’ won the hearts of the rural and working class population. Since his election, the country has only become more demarcated, especially in regards to race issues, foreign policy, and immigration. According to the Pew Research Center, 54 per cent...

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January 2019
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Netherlands: Man fails in bid to legally change his age

A 69-year-old Dutchman who tried to argue he should be allowed to officially change his age because he ‘feels’ 20 years younger has lost his legal bid to do so. Emile Ratelband claims he faces discrimination as a 69-year-old. He said, ‘We live in a time when you can change your name and change your gender. Why can’t I decide my own age?’ He also wants to change his legal age so that he is more appealing to younger women on dating websites and apps like Tinder. However, a court in the Netherlands refused to allow him to legally change his age. The judges said,...

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December 2018
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International – Brunson: ‘Millions prayed for Turkey’

Pastor Andrew Brunson believes that God was sovereignly involved in his two-year incarceration in Turkey because ‘millions of people prayed for Turkey during that time, and God is bringing blessing out of it’. In an interview with American TV programme CBS This Morning after his release, Pastor Brunson revealed that the book of 2 Timothy sustained him during his two months in a Turkish prison. ‘Where Paul talks about suffering and finishing the race well, and this became my prayer: I want to be faithful and endure and finish well’. Pastor Brunson was originally arrested along with his wife. On being arrested they were both...

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December 2018
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International – OM update on Sulawesi

Christian missionary organisation Operation Mobilisation (OM) has thanked its supporters for backing its work in Indonesia with prayer following the devastating 7.4 earthquake which struck in the Central Sulawesi region on 28 September. Over 2 million people were affected by the impact of such a large-scale disaster. Homes, hospitals, water and communication lines were destroyed, making thousands homeless, afraid and in need. In the midst of such suffering OM said it continues to call out to Jesus in prayer and ask that comfort and aid would surround the people of Indonesia as they struggle to piece together their lives and communities after such a catastrophic...

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December 2018
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International – Rising intolerance among India’s youth

There is increasing intolerance in India amongst Hindu youths towards other religious minorities, one Indian Christian leader has told a meeting in the House of Lords. Speaking at a reception organised by religious freedom group ADF International, Dr Michael Williams blamed India’s ‘fundamentalist’ government. He said it was comparable to Islamic radicalisation or fascism in Germany in the 1930s. He quoted government statistics showing attacks in the communities have risen 30 per cent in over three years, with almost 1,000 incidents recorded in 2017, leading to 111 people being killed and over 2,500 being injured. Dr Williams, who is Dean of Mount Carmel Schools in...

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