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A Slow Strangulation: Turkey’s Disappearing Christian Leadership

08/15/2019 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) – A melody is slowly quieting in Turkey. For centuries, the soft chanting of psalms flowed across churches flooded with worshipers. They knelt in prayer, their petitions floating like the incense which enveloped them. Candles were lit

Single Christian Mothers in Iran Say #MeToo

08/13/2019 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) – “Single moms are looked upon as prostitutes. Society doesn’t care for them. They are outcasts, someone to be used. It is different in Iran than other parts of the world; here, there is no compassion or

Christian Arrested for Sharing Christian Literature in Nepal Released

08/08/2019 Nepal (International Christian Concern)- A 73-year old Christian, Cho Yusang was released from jail in Nepal on August 7, 2019 after being arrested for two weeks because he was allegedly forcefully converting Nepali locals. He was arrested on July 23,

5 countries our presidential candidates should be talking about

As the second Democratic presidential debate nears and 20 candidates gear up to spar with one another, the press continues to speculate over what topics these men and women will be discussing. Will they tackle health insurance, immigration, foreign policy, climate change?

Young Christian Boy Beaten to Death by Muslim Employer

08/01/2019 Pakistan (International Christian Concern) – Badil, a ten-year-old Christian Pakistani boy, was working at factory to care for his mother and two brothers, was raped and tortured by his Muslim employers before he finally died on July 10, 2019. His

Myanmar’s Highest Buddhist Body Calls Ultranationalist Monk Group ‘Illegal’

07/31/2019 Myanmar (International Christian Concern) – The government-appointed council, Myanmar’s highest Buddhist body declared a hardline monk organization an illegal association and ordered the nationwide removal of all its signage, three weeks after their leader, ultranationalist monk U Wirathu was issued

Christian Arrested Upon Return to Iran

07/25/2019 Iran (International Christian Concern) –  A 58-year-old Iranian convert to Christianity who fled her country was denied asylum in Germany, and immediately arrested upon her deportation back to Iran. Fatemeh Azad reportedly converted to Christianity against the will of her

How Islamic Extremists Are Using Social Media To Target Christians

Emerging trend leverages blasphemy laws Facebook posts may be a new persecution tactic that Islamic extremists are using against Christians, says Open Doors Middle East Director. He just returned from Egypt when he learned about several incidents involving blasphemous Facebook

Christian Woman Stoned to Death in Syria

07/17/19 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) – International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that on July 8, 2019, an Armenian Christian woman living in the Syrian Governorate of Idlib went missing. Suzan Der Kirkour was 6o years old and her body

Asean Should Prepare for a New Wave of Terrorism

07/13/2019 Singapore (International Christian Concern) – At the 13th ASEAN Defense Ministers Meeting (ADMM) in Thailand, Singapore Minister of Defense Ng Eng He warned that member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) must expect increase in terrorist activity.

Car Bomb Strikes Syrian Christian Church

07/11/19 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) – International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that on July 11, 2019, a car bomb exploded next to the Virgin Mary Orthodox Church in the Syrian city of Qamishli. The Assyrian Monitor for Human Rights wrote in

Christians Report Another Discriminatory Job Posting in Pakistan

07/09/2019 Pakistan (International Christian Concern) – International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that the office of the District and Session Court Judge, Justice Abdual Ghani Somro, in Hyderabad published a discriminatory job advertisement in a local newspaper on July 3. The

Woman Charged with Blasphemy in Indonesia

07/03/2019 Indonesia (International Christian Concern)– A Catholic woman in Indonesia was charged with blasphemy despite reports she is mentally ill. After entering a mosque in Bogor still wearing shoes and carrying a dog, acts deemed offensive to Muslims, she was

10 Countries Singled Out For ‘Chilling Array Of Abuses’ In New Religious Freedom Report

The U.S. State Department’s annual Report on International Religious Freedom, released last week in Washington, is a catalog of “a chilling array of abuses committed by oppressive regimes, violent extremist groups, and individual citizens,” said U.S. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo. The report,

Christian Pakistani Girls Sold into Sex Trafficking in China

06/19/2019 Pakistan (International Christian Concern)- Young girls from a majority Christian community in Punjab, Pakistan were discovered to be repeatedly sold off into sex trafficking in China. These girls, who are from extremely poor Christian families, are sold with dreams of

Leaders Call for Improved Pakistani Religious Freedom Law

06/23/2019 Pakistan (International Christian Concern)- In a meeting in Islamabad, the capital city of Pakistan, held to assess the effectiveness of Pakistan’s religious freedom law signed 5 years ago, many prominent activist, lawyers, and religious leaders complained about the ineffectiveness of

Iraq Schools Celebrate Clean Water

06/20/2019 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) – “When can I get water?” An elderly man appearing in his mid-seventies looked hopefully at ICC’s field representative. Although he certainly needed water in his neighborhood, he was not asking the question for himself. He was

Sri Lankan Christians Continue to Live in Fear

06/17/2019 Sri Lanka (International Christian Concern)- Sri Lankan Christians have expressed deep trauma and fear following the Easter attacks which killed more than 250 people and left 300 injured in April 2019. The attacks, targeted at churches and leading hotels, were

Family Claims Christian Teen Was Kidnapped and Forcefully Converted to Islam in Pakistan

06/09/2019 Pakistan (International Christian Concern) – According to Asia News, the family of a Christian teen in Faisalabad have claimed that their daughter has been kidnapped and forcefully converted to Islam. The issue of kidnappings and forced conversions to Islam remains

Conversion, Trials, and Provision: The Story of Sarah Ayu Ibrahim

05/31/2019 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) – International Christian Concern has obtained approval from Sarah, the wife of imprisoned Indonesian pastor Abraham Ben Moses, to feature her testimony that she shared recently at an Indonesian church in New York. Pastor Abraham Ben Moses

Churches reopen in Sri Lanka four weeks after Easter Day bombings

Services resumed on Sunday 19 May at Sri Lankan churches that had been closed for four weeks following the Easter Sunday suicide bombings in which 253 people died and more than 500 were injured. Police advised prominent churches on the island to

Philippine city of Marawi still in ruins two years after Islamic State attack

The Philippine government is dawdling in its rebuilding of the battle-ravaged Philippine city of Marawi, which means 100,000 people are still displaced after it was left in ruins by an invasion of Islamist extremists. In May 2017 about 100 Islamic State-allied

Four detained Christians freed by court in Nepal

Four Christians were released from custody on 29 April after a court hearing in Nepal, six days after they were accused of trying to “lure conversions” to Christianity. The two Nepali men and one Indian national had been working with a US

Children Massacred in Assault on Syrian Christian Town

05/13/2019 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) – International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that the Syrian Christian town of al-Suqaylabiyah came under heavy assault on May 12, 2019. Five children playing near a monastery, and one woman on a nearby street, were
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