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August 2020
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Montenegro: Call for more religious freedom

Two British MPs, who are normally on the opposite sides of the political divide, have joined forces to call for more religious freedom in Montenegro. Tim Farron and Steve Baker have called on the UK, the EU, and NATO to apply pressure on the country’s president, Milo Djukanovic. Montenegro is a small Balkan nation…

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August 2020
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Armenia: Evangelical wins important court case

The Administrative Court in Armenia has upheld the right to freedom of religion in what advocacy group Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) International has called a precedent-setting case. The case centred on a decorated police officer, Edgar Karapetyan, who was dismissed from his position as a senior lieutenant in the police force in late 2018…

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August 2020
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US: University removes George Whitefield statue

The University of Pennsylvania, also known as Penn, has decided to remove a statue of the 18th century evangelical preacher George Whitefield from its campus. The university issued a statement saying, ‘The case for removing Whitefield is overwhelmingly strong. He was a well-known evangelical preacher in the mid-eighteenth century, who notably led a successful…

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August 2020
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Nigeria: Mass violence against Christians could turn into genocide

Former US Congressman Frank Wolf has warned the ‘failed’ response by the US government to the religious violence being committed against Christians in Nigeria could lead to another mass genocide, as seen in Rwanda and Darfur. Mr Wolf – the erstwhile Republican representative from Virginia – took part in a Zoom call with advocacy…

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July 2020
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China: 48 churches shut down

Chinese officials have shut down at least 48 state-registered churches and meeting venues in Yugan county, China, between 18 and 30 April. According to religious liberty and human rights publication Bitter Winter, religious items have been stripped from churches in Yugan county and replaced with images of President Xi Jinping and Mao Zedong. Chairman…

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July 2020
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France: Court orders ban on church gatherings to be lifted

The French government has been ordered to lift the ban on meetings in churches within eight days by its top administrative court. Although the government recently eased its coronavirus restrictions by allowing private meetings of up to ten people, this did not apply to religious settings. As a result, all church meetings were still…

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July 2020
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Nigeria: Fulani militants claim more Christian lives

Fulani militants have killed 620 Christians in the first five months of 2020 in Northern Nigeria, a report has claimed. The report, by the International Society for Civil Liberties & Rule of Law (ISCLRL), stated the attacks are growing and have the characteristics of an undeclared jihad against Christians. According to the ISCLRL, 32,000…

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June 2020
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France: Evangelical church gets death threats after being unfairly blamed for coronavirus outbreak

The pastor of an evangelical church in France unfairly blamed by the French government for spreading coronavirus across the country has spoken to the BBC. Pastor Samuel Peterschmitt described death threats faced by his congregation and hit back at accusations that the church was responsible for the outbreak in France. He said members of…

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June 2020
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Kenya: Islamic militants order Christians to leave the north

The al-Qaeda-linked group, al-Shabaab, has told local Somalis and Kenyans living in northern Kenya to ‘drive out’ any non-local Christians in the area. In a report from International Christian Concern (ICC) a video clip posted online urged Muslims living in the area to get all the local jobs and for Christians to leave the…

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June 2020
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Germany: Churches reopen but singing hymns is banned

Churches in Germany have been allowed to reopen, but singing has been banned and strict social distancing restrictions must be observed. The German government believes the singing of hymns increases the risk of transmitting the virus. Some epidemiologists have argued that singing is as dangerous as coughing for spreading the virus. Lothar Wieler, the…

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June 2020
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US: Christian charity hospital denounced by LGBT activists

LGBT activists have objected to an emergency field hospital set up in New York’s Central Park because it’s run by an evangelical charity. The facility was put in place to treat Covid-19 patients as the epidemic in New York ravaged the city and the surrounding region. The 68-bed crisis centre is run by Samaritan’s…

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May 2020
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Sri Lanka: PM hints at anti-conversion bill

Religious and human rights campaigners have warned against draconian measures being considered by Mahinda Rajapaksa, the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka. According to reports, he has hinted of his preparedness to introduce an anti-conversion bill to appease traditional Buddhist voters. He said the new law would be necessary to ‘save the country’ from falling…

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