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All articles in category Persecution

August 2017

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…

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August 2017

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…

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August 2017

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…

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June 2017

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…

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June 2017

Pakistan – Blasphemy laws

Pakistan’s parliament has called for a reform to its controversial blasphemy laws, following yet another death at the hands of an angry, fanatical mob. The student, from Abdul Wali Khan University in north-western Pakistan, was allegedly set upon and lynched by Muslims for his views on sufi-Islam and socialism. He was killed by the…

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