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October 2019
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Cameroon: Bible translator murdered

Anti-Christian violence in Cameroon has intensified, with seven Christians killed in one village during an overnight attack. Among the seven murdered in the village of Wum, in the northwest, was a man called Angus Abraham Fung. Fung, a Cameroonian national, worked with Wycliffe Bible Translators. His wife, Eveline, had a hand cut off and…

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October 2019
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China: Cries for freedom met with tighter control

Release International has called on the Chinese government to grant freedom of religion to Christians who face increasing persecution on the mainland. According to Paul Robinson, chief executive of the international advocacy organisation, the scenes of protest and counter-measures unfolding on the streets of Hong Kong reflect the desperate cry for freedom in mainland…

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October 2019
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Australia: New religious freedom bill proposed

New legislation is being proposed in Australia to protect a person’s freedom of religious expression, after Christian rugby player Israel Folau was fired for posting comments about hell on social media. As reported in Evangelical Times, the former Wallabies star had his multi-million dollar contract terminated, after posting a message on his Instagram account.…

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October 2019
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Northern Ireland churches face rise in attacks

Northern Ireland has witnessed nearly 450 recorded attacks on places of worship over the past three years, according to a Freedom of Information Act request. The data revealed a significant spike upwards in acts of crime against churches and other religious buildings in recent years, prompting calls for immediate action to protect churches and…

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August 2019
News > International > Persecution

China: Pastor’s wife freed from jail

A reformed presbyterian church in China celebrated the release of Jiang Rong, wife of Pastor Wang Yi, in June, although the church has claimed that state persecution of its members is still continuing. In a statement from Early Rain Covenant Church (ERCC), Jiang Rong and another female church member, Li Xiaofeng, were finally freed…

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July 2019
News > International > Persecution

Global: religious persecution on the rise, reports claim

Global persecution of Christians and people from other minority religions is at its highest level for years, two major reports have found. The 234-page annual report from the US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) cited appalling religious and human rights abuses in countries such as China, Pakistan, North Korea and Burma (Myanmar). It…

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July 2019
News > Persecution > Religious liberty

Former magistrate appeals against ban

Richard Page, a former magistrate who was removed from the judiciary for his beliefs about best interests of children has challenged the Lord Chief Justice and Lord Chancellor over his dismissal. Mr Page told an employment appeal tribunal in May that his dismissal amounted to discrimination against his Christian faith. He was supported by…

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June 2019
News > Persecution

Global rugby stars under siege

Polynesian Christian rugby players have spoken out against the draconian manner in which Australian rugby star Israel Folau has been treated over an Instagram post. Mr Folau – an international player with 73 caps – looks set to be kicked out of the sport by Australia’s rugby authorities after posting an Instagram image which…

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June 2019
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Canada: Asia Bibi reunited with family

Pakistani woman Asia Bibi who was imprisoned for nine years on baseless charges of insulting the prophet Mohammed, has finally been freed to join her family in Canada. Asia Bibi had first been arrested on the false charges of blasphemy in 2009 after sharing a cup of water with Muslim farmworkers, who called her…

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June 2019
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Prince Charles speaks up for persecuted Christians

Prince Charles has spoken out on behalf of persecuted Christians worldwide, claiming he has been ‘moved and humbled’ after meeting some victims. Writing in The Telegraph, the Prince of Wales stated he had been overwhelmed by the knowledge that approximately 245 million Christians worldwide have faced persecution. He wrote, ‘The most vulnerable are the…

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March 2019
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Pakistan: Asia Bibi’s acquittal upheld

Asia Bibi, the Roman Catholic woman who has been on death row in Pakistan for allegedly committing blasphemy against Islam, has had her acquittal upheld. The Supreme Court of Pakistan maintained its decision to overturn her conviction and death sentence. She was originally convicted in 2010 after being accused of insulting the Prophet Muhammad…

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February 2019
News > Ethics > Persecution > Religious liberty > Society

Christian magistrate can challenge his dismissal over gay adoption comments

A Christian former magistrate has won the right to legally challenge his dismissal over remarks he made about same-sex couples adopting children. Richard Page, from Kent, lost his role after saying in a BBC interview that a child would be better looked after by a man and a woman rather than a gay couple.…

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