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February 2021
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India: Christians celebrate return to their homes

Christian villagers in Chhattisgarh, India, have celebrated being able to go home after months of enforced exile. In September 2020, the group of 16 families had to flee their homes after a series of physical attacks, with local women reporting that a violent mob of 500 turned up at their doors, beating them and…

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February 2021
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Austria: Court calls for legalisation of assisted dying

Austria has become the latest country where lawmakers have called for assisted suicide to become legal. In December, the Vienna Constitutional Court ruled that the country was violating fundamental rights in keeping assisted suicide illegal and ordered the government to lift the ban in 2021. The decision came as a result of a class…

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February 2021
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US: Chinese exiled pastor hounded out of his home

Bob Fu, a renowned campaigner for Christian freedom in China, has received death threats and been hounded out of his home in Texas, USA. According to China Aid, Mr Fu and his family had been ‘traumatised’ by bomb threats and protests, which continued for weeks outside his home. He has promised to continue with…

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February 2021
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Release International reports on persecution trends for the next year

Release International has published a report looking ahead to persecution trends in 2021. The report highlights the countries where Christians are likely to face the most hostility. In Africa, the organisation highlights the nations of Nigeria, Kenya, and Eritrea. The report says, ‘Some 300 evangelical Christians remain detained without trial inside repressive Eritrea where…

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February 2021
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Australia: Churches could be banned from teaching biblical sexual ethics

The Australian state of Victoria is seeking to ban churches from teaching worshippers to follow the Bible’s teaching on sexual ethics. Under the proposals, a religious leader could be sent to prison for encouraging someone with feelings of same-sex attraction to ‘live a celibate life’. Neil Foster, an Australian Associate Professor of Law, has…

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February 2021
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Nigeria: Urgent need for prayer as persecution escalates

Nigerian Christians are living in constant fear as attacks have escalated against them since 2009. According to a 13-page dossier compiled by the International Society for Civil Liberties and Rule of Law, headquartered in eastern Nigeria, more than 2,200 Nigerian Christians were killed because of their religion in 2020, making the total death count…

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February 2021
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Norway: Parents lose European Court appeal over children’s removal

Christian parents who had their five children removed by the Child Welfare Services in Norway have had their case dismissed by the European Court of Human Rights. Ruth and Marius Bodnariu claimed that the Norwegian state had infringed their rights and discriminated against them because of their Pentecostal beliefs. But judges at the European…

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January 2021
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Canada: Euthanasia for woman who couldn’t face Christmas lockdown

An elderly Canadian woman was euthanised to avoid a second Covid-19 lockdown over the Christmas period, according to news reports. Canadian TV station CTV reported that 90-year old Nancy Russell, who was neither chronically ill nor dying, was allowed to die by elective lethal injection to avoid going through another lockdown. While she was…

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January 2021
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North Korea: More people are seeing Bibles despite increased persecution

More people in North Korea are seeing Bibles even though persecution has worsened in the country, according to a new report. The findings are published in the ‘White Paper on Religious Freedom in North Korea’ written by the Database Center for North Korean Human Rights. Twenty years ago, only 16 North Korean defectors claimed…

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January 2021
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US: Supreme Court blocks limits on worshipers in New York State

The US Supreme Court has ruled against the imposition of ‘severe restrictions’ on public worship in New York State during the Covid-19 pandemic. Governor Cuomo wanted to limit the number of worshippers to as few as ten people in the worst affected regions of the State. But in a 5-4 majority verdict, the court…

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January 2021
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Global: Christians are being targeted ‘in plain sight’

Christian organisations galvanised believers across the UK and elsewhere to pray for persecuted believers around the world. In November last year, the Evangelical Alliance, Christian Solidarity Worldwide, Open Doors and Release International mobilised people for the 24th International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church (IDOP), as reports of rising persecution showed Christians were…

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December 2020
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Poland: Court’s abortion ruling protects disabled unborn babies

Poland’s highest court has ruled that abortions on the grounds of disability will no longer be permitted. The Constitutional Tribunal ruled that the current law is unconstitutional. It is under this law that 98 percent of the country’s abortions are carried out, including for conditions such as Down’s syndrome. Once the court’s decision comes…

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