The Persecuted Church Across the World

Absolute Denial of Religious Freedom – September 15th 2021

Church in Chains, 8 September 2021 (excerpts) A new report by the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom describes the North Korean government’s religious freedom violations as an “absolute denial of religious freedom”. The report was launched on 18 August and is based on interviews conducted in 2020 and 2021 with survivors, witnesses, and […]

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Muslims open fire on Christians in Pakistan – September 15th 2021

Barnabas Fund, 13 September 2021 (excerpts) Several Christians were injured in a shooting incident on 6 September in the Shera Kot district of Lahore, Pakistan. A group of six or seven Muslims opened fire on the houses of Christian residents in the district at about 2.30 p.m. Five Christian women, one of them pregnant, and […]

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Becoming Homeless for Christ – September 15th 2021

The Voice of the Martyrs, 9 September 2021 (excerpts) Momina Namee, 30, grew up in a Muslim family and was pressured to marry a Muslim man while she was young. Soon after they married, they had a son. But three years after their son’s birth, Momina’s husband suddenly fell ill and passed away. Devastated and […]

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Lethal Trap for Convert to Christianity – September 1st 2021

Morning Star News, 26 August 2021 (excerpts) Muslim relatives of a former Islamic teacher in Uganda who became a Christian set a trap for him last month, hiring killers to bury him alive in a large ant mound, sources said. Saban Sajabi, 32, had gained repute as an itinerant sheikh, teaching Islam in various mosques […]

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Rewards for reporting “illegal religious activities” – September 1st 2021

Barnabas Fund, 19 August 2021 (excerpts) Qiqihar, the second largest city in China’s Heilongjiang province, on 9 August joined an increasing number of cities, districts, and county governments to offer cash rewards to anyone who reports to the authorities on “illegal religious activities”. Whistle-blowers could pocket between 500 yuan (£56, $77, €65) and 1,000 yuan […]

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Romania marks Day of Violence against Christians – September 1st 2021

Barnabas Fund, 20 August 2021 (excerpts) Romania celebrated a national day to commemorate Christian martyrs and victims of violence on 16 August. The date was selected to coincide with commemoration of Constantin Brâncoveanu, Prince of Wallachia, who was captured and tortured by the Ottomans in 1714. Along with his four sons, he was martyred when […]

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Naser speaks from Evin prison in Iran – August 18th 2021

Church in Chains, 10 August 2021 (excerpts) On 3 August Christian convert Naser Gol-Tapeh celebrated his 60th birthday behind bars. Naser, in poor health, has been serving a ten-year prison sentence for “acting against national security through the formation and establishment of an illegal church organisation in his home” since January 2018.  His three appeals […]

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Buddhist extremists attack Bangladeshi Christians – August 18th 2021

Barnabas Fund, 2 August 2021, 2021 (excerpts) The inhabitants of a Christian village in the Chittagong Hill Tracts, Bangladesh, were forced to flee after suffering threats and two violent attacks from Buddhist radicals. The villagers, who converted from Buddhism 16 years ago, were attacked after they refused to re-convert and demolish their church building. The […]

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Christian books labelled as extremist in Luhansk – August 18th 2021

Forum 18, 10 August 2021 (excerpts) The Luhansk People’s Republic has added four Christian books to an official list of Extremist Materials. A court ruled in May that the books were “extremist” and they were therefore banned. There are now 18 Christian works on the list, including a Russian version of the Gospel of John. The […]

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Evangelicals Take the Brunt in Vietnam – August 4th 2021

Morning Star News, 15 July 2021 (excerpts) The vilification of the Revival Ekklesia Mission church in Vietnam has somewhat quieted, but its linking of evangelicals with COVID-19 is feared to have done long-lasting damage. State media, government agencies and the public in social media all reviled the church following the positive COVID-19 tests of two […]

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