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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
News > International

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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July 2019
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Eritrea: crack down on Christians

Eritrean authorities rounded up more than 140 Christians in raids ahead of its Independence Day, according to Release International. The Christian advocacy organisation claimed fourteen children were among the 141 people who were arrested at a private meeting in the Eritrean capital, Asmara. Release International partners said the streets were filled with police and…

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June 2019
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India: Decisive victory for religious freedom

A pastor of a small Indian village in Madhya Pradesh was acquitted of the charges held against him under disputed anti-conversion laws, according to religious liberty group ADF International. In 2016, Pastor Balu, his wife, his son, and members of his congregation were violently attacked, later detained by the police and falsely accused of…

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June 2019
News > Persecution

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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