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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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June 2021
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India: Call to pray over Covid crisis

Christian charities and organisations have called for prayer and much-needed supplies to help relieve millions of people suffering as a result of Covid-19’s rampage in India. According to the Disasters Emergency Committee, there were more than 2.7 million new cases in just one week in May, with more than a quarter of a million…

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June 2021
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China: Christians could face ‘re-education’ camps

Christians in China may find persecution stepping up a pace, with reports warning that they could find themselves in ‘re-education camps’. Press reports have cited ‘ever-growing evidence of the deteriorating treatment of religious groups in China’, highlighting the treatment of the Uyghur Muslims, who have been taken to camps in Xinjiang, as an example…

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June 2021
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Germany: Town bans street prayer outside abortion clinic

A pro-life group in Germany has been banned from gathering to pray, even in silence, near the centre of town where an abortion clinic stands. The ‘40 Days for Life’ group were banned from standing to pray or protest in Pforzheim in 2019, and have taken their case to the courts, stating they have…

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June 2021
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Ireland: Church lockdown ends, but politician calls for ‘conversion therapy’ ban

Churches in the Republic of Ireland have been allowed to restart in-person worship services. Church services were permitted to resume on 10 May after a blanket ban lasting almost a year. While church worship was banned, commercial public venues such as dry cleaners and off-licenses were allowed to open with safety measures in place.…

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June 2021
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Iran: Four Christian converts arrested by intelligence services

Four Christians in Iran who converted from Islam have been arrested by the Iranian intelligence services, according to reports. One of the men was beaten, and others were physically assaulted while in a detention facility. The four men – Esmaeil Narimanpour, Mohammad Ali Torabi, Alireza Varak-Shah and Hojat Lotfi-Khalaf – were later released. Following…

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May 2021
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Australia: New laws proposed to protect religious freedom

A bill that would make it harder to discriminate against a person on the basis of their faith and genuinely held belief has been backed by a parliamentary committee in New South Wales (NSW), Australia. Mark Latham, leader of NSW’s One Nation party, has put forward amendments to change the state’s anti-discrimination laws to…

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May 2021
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Global: Series of international legal actions taken against the forced closures of places of worship

Countries the world over have taken their governments to court over the forced closure of places of worship during the 2021 lockdown, and some have won. In Chile, the Supreme Court ruled unanimously that Covid-19 restrictions had been applied in a ‘discriminatory manner’ against believers. The ruling came at the start of Holy Week…

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