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All articles in category Persecution

November 2017
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Persecution: UK – Double standards at Sheffield University

Sheffield University has been accused of ‘appalling double standards’ over LGBT, Islam and Christian beliefs. During a hearing at which Christian student Felix Ngole sought to appeal against the university’s decision to expel him after he expressed his belief in Christian marriage on Facebook, new evidence was submitted to the High Court showing there had been a conflict of interest. The evidence submitted at the judicial review highlighted how the Fitness to Practise committee, which booted Mr Ngole off his social work course, had been chaired by a prominent and long-standing LGBT campaigner, Professor Jacqueline Marsh. Both she and the university had failed to disclose...

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October 2017
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Persecution: UK – Street preacher freed

Christian street preacher, Ian Sleeper, has been released after being held in a cell for 13 hours for sharing the truth about Islam. Mr Sleeper was arrested outside Southwark Cathedral on 23 June. He was at the time displaying placards depicting love for Muslims and criticising the ideology of Islam. However, he was informed by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) in August that no charges will be brought against him, after he had been on strict bail conditions for six weeks. Mr Sleeper was supported by the Christian Legal Centre (CLC) throughout. He is the owner of the Singleton Tandoori Indian Balti House in Ashford....

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September 2017
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Persecution: UK – Richard Page

A Christian who was dismissed as a magistrate by the Lord Chancellor and Lord Chief Justice, after expressing his view that it was in a child’s best interests to be raised by a mother and a father, is challenging the NHS trust which subsequently removed him as a director. Richard Page, who had nearly 20 years’ experience as a finance director in the NHS, was suspended from his role as a non-executive director of Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust in March 2016. The trust believed this expression of his views about family life had ‘undermined’ the confidence of staff, particularly LGBT...

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September 2017
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Persecution: India cracks down on Christian camps

Indian Christians have been arrested on trumped-up charges after holding church camps. The High Court of Madhya Pradesh, a stronghold of the Hindutva ideology, decided to hear the case of 10 Christian pastors and co-workers. They were arrested on charges of kidnapping, cruelty and forceful conversion. On 23 May, at Ratlam train station in Madhya Pradesh, local police detained a group of pastors and fellow Christians, including two women and two minors, who were accompanying more than 60 children. The group was on its way to a Christian summer camp, in the neighbouring state of Maharashtra. All parents immediately confirmed in front of the local...

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August 2017
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Persecution: UK – Two street preachers acquitted

Two street preachers, who were arrested in 2016 and charged with using ‘threatening’ or offensive words, have been acquitted. Mike Overd and Michael Stockwell were convicted of religiously aggravated public order convictions in February 2017. They had been arrested for preaching at a Bristol shopping centre in July 2016, along with two other men. In February, the court had dismissed the case against a third man, Adrian Clark, ruling that there was no case to answer. Video evidence submitted to the court shows Mr Overd being interrupted and forcibly removed from the scene by a police officer, who arrived more than an hour after the preaching began. In February,...

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August 2017
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Persecution: Nigeria – schoolgirls released

Islamic militant group Boko Haram has released a further 82 of the 276 Chibok schoolgirls who were abducted in April 2014. In June, the 82 girls, 75 of whom are Christians, were set free. A Christian leader from Chibok said, ‘God is answering the prayers of his people’. Boko Haram has deliberately targeted Christians and Western-style educational establishments since the Islamist group, whose name means ‘Western education is forbidden’, began its campaign of terror in 2009. In a newsletter, Barnabas Fund urged the government to allow the girls to return home — 21 girls released last year are still being kept in Abuja — so...

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August 2017
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Persecution: India – Anti-Christian attacks surge

Attacks against Christian communities in India have surged over the past three years, especially after the right-wing governing body, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), swept to power in May 2014. Release International, the advocacy body which supports persecuted Christians globally, has warned that violent Hindu nationalism has been gaining ground, causing a sharp spike upwards in attacks against other marginalised religions, particularly Christianity. A report by the All India Christian Council recorded that violence against Christians rose by 40 per cent last year, while murders doubled. The sharpest rises have been recorded in Telangana and Uttar Pradesh. The document, Atrocities on Christians in India, reported,...

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June 2017
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India – Hindu nationalism threatens India

Attacks against Christians in India have been rising at an alarming rate, according to reports from Christian advocacy group Release International. Reports from the Hindu-majority country have described an ‘upswing’ in politically motivated attacks since the March 2017 elections, which saw a landslide victory for Hindu nationalists. According to a statement from Release, the latest report of the All India Christian Council records an increase of almost 20 per cent in attacks against Christians in 2016. It says physical violence against Christians is up 40 per cent and murders have doubled. In states across India, church workers have been beaten, threatened and killed. Attempts have...

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