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November 2019
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Nigeria: Fulani crisis worsens

Christians are being systematically wiped out in the north of Nigeria, while pastors and church leaders are being killed and kidnapped. The United Nations has claimed that religious violence in the African country is ‘spiralling out of control’, describing a ‘pressure cooker of injustice’ in Nigeria. Release International has warned that the Fulani militia…

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November 2019
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UN: President Trump calls for global religious freedom

Donald Trump has become the first sitting US president to ever convene a meeting at the UN on the issue of religious freedom. ‘That’s very sad in many ways’, Trump said. The President called the issue one of his ‘highest priorities’. ‘Today, with one clear voice, the United States of America calls upon the…

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October 2019
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DRC: Christians abducted and churches looted

More than 200 people have been abducted and a church mission hospital and shops looted by Islamist extremists during a raid on Boga, Democratic Republic of Congo. The Bishop of Boga Diocese, eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Rt Rev. William Bahemuka, said the Muslim militant group ADF (Allied Democratic Forces) had attacked the…

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October 2019
News > Persecution

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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September 2019
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Indonesia: Churches face closure

Two new churches in Java are facing the threat of closure in a rising tide of persecution in Indonesia. The Family of God Church in West Jakarta received its official permit earlier this year, but has yet to meet because of local protests. Pastor Timotheus said the church has received threats from Islamic Defenders…

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September 2019
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Nigeria: Imam given award for saving nearly 300 Christians

An elderly Imam who saved the lives of hundreds of Christians fleeing a murderous attack by Muslim Fulani militants in Nigeria, has received an award recognising his courage. The 83-year-old man, called Abubakar Abdullahi, was given the US International Religious Freedom Award for selflessly risking his own life. On 23 June 2018 militants attacked…

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September 2019
News > International > Religious liberty

Christians hit as government restrictions on religion rise

Christians are being harassed in 143 countries worldwide as governmental restrictions on religion increase, according to a major report released recently. A squeeze on religion is happening not only in authoritarian countries, but also in many of Europe’s democracies, according to the findings. The Pew Research Center, which released its 10th annual Report on…

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