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July 2021
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India: Nationalism is ‘existential threat’ to Christians

The violent nature of persecution against Christians in India is not only particularly horrific, it is also systemic and often carefully orchestrated, a hard-hitting report has claimed. The 12-page report, Destructive Lies: Disinformation, speech that incites violence and discrimination against religious minorities in India, stated that Christians in India are facing ‘imminent existential threat’…

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August 2021
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OAS: Commission candidate sent ‘bigoted’ questionnaire over his Christian beliefs

A Christian who sought election to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights has been questioned in a ‘loaded and pejorative manner’ about whether his faith will interfere with his job. Religious liberty campaigners have written to the Organization of American States (OAS) to complain about the treatment of Dr Carlos Bernal Pulido, who later…

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August 2021
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China: crackdown on Christians ahead of party’s 100th anniversary

Chinese authorities arrested religious believers and placed activists under house arrest ahead of the 100-year anniversary of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), advocacy group Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) has claimed. Activists, dissidents, and former prisoners of conscience across the country were placed under house arrest or had their movement restricted in the run-up to…

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August 2021
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Sudan: Evangelical Presbyterian leader arrested

An Evangelical church leader in Khartoum, Sudan, was arrested and charged with impersonating others, based on claims from a committee mistakenly granted authority over the church. Rafat Obid, who is a leader of the Sudan Presbyterian Evangelical Church (SPEC) in Khartoum and leads the church’s council, was arrested, charged under Article 113 of the…

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August 2021
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DRC: Church bombing leaves two women injured

Two women were injured when a bomb exploded inside a church in Beni, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). This was one of three blasts that took place in the city over the last weekend in June. Hours after the church bombing, a suicide bomber died in an attack outside a bar; the…

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July 2021
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Spain: Twitter suspends politician’s account for saying men cannot get pregnant

The Twitter account of a politician in Spain was temporarily suspended after he tweeted that a ‘man cannot get pregnant’ because he has ‘no womb or eggs’. Francisco José Contreras was tweeting in response to an article about the first transgender male to have given birth in Spain. The now-deleted tweet said, ‘This is…

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July 2021
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Global: MAF is flying Covid vaccines to world’s poorest and most remote places

Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) has been working with local agencies to deliver much-needed Covid-19 vaccines to the world’s poorest countries. The Christian ministry has also been helping with the delivery of testing kits and personal protective equipment. MAF has been working in several countries, including Guatemala, Madagascar, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, and South Sudan.…

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July 2021
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Finland: Prosecution of Christian MP is an ‘act of oppression’

Law professors from Harvard, Yale, Princeton, and other respected institutions are calling on the US to intervene in the prosecution of a Finnish MP over her views on marriage and sexuality. As previously reported in ET, Päivi Räsänen is facing up to six years in prison for ‘inciting hatred’ after expressing biblical views on…

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July 2021
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Iran: Christian convert with Parkinson’s faces prison

An Iranian Christian convert from Islam, who has Parkinson’s disease, faces a jail sentence along with his wife because they belong to a house church in Iran. Homayoun Zhaveh, who is 62, and his wife Sara Ahmadi, 42, were sentenced in November 2020 to two and 11 years in prison, respectively for membership and…

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July 2021
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Kenya: Atheist leader resigns after coming to faith in Christ

A leader of an atheist organisation in Kenya has resigned because he has come to faith in Jesus Christ. Seth Mahiga had held the role of secretary in the Atheists In Kenya Society, but the group announced on Twitter that he was stepping down. The organisation said, ‘Seth’s reason for resigning is that he…

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July 2021
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Pakistan: Couple facing death for ‘blasphemy’ are acquitted

Lahore High Court has acquitted Shafqat Emmanuel and his wife Shagufta Kausar, two Christians sentenced to death under Pakistan’s blasphemy laws. According to International Christian Concern, the acquittals end a nearly eight-year legal struggle that saw the Christian couple jailed separately on death row. After the acquittal, the couple’s lawyer, Saif-ul-Malook, said, ‘I am…

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June 2021
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Finland: MP faces jail over Bible verses tweet

A Finnish politician is facing two years of jail time for so-called ‘hate speech’, after the prosecutor general brought three criminal charges against her. As reported in previous editions of ET, former minister of the interior Päivi Räsänen has been under investigation ever since 2019 when she objected to the Evangelical Lutheran Church’s decision…

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