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Christian Family Claims Their Relative Was Tortured to Death by Police in Pakistan

09/10/2019 Pakistan (International Christian Concern) – According to Morning Star News, police in Lahore, Pakistan have tortured a 28-year-old Christian man to death. Amir Masih’s family claims he was illegally detained by police on August 28, tortured for four days, and

Hate Speech Wins in Iraq

09/05/2019 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) – Iraq’s Christians have learned the importance of caring about words. In a country torn by decades of violence, a few brief words can quickly differentiate friend from foe. The words of religious authorities carry even more

Pastor in Southern Philippines Fears For Safety Over Red-tagging

09/04/2019 Philippines (International Christian Concern) – After posters and flyers were distributed last week branding him as a communist rebel, a pastor in southern Philippines has voiced concern over his safety. Father Rolando Abejo of the Philippine Independent Church was depicted

Bible Translator Killed in Northern Cameroon Conflict

08/29/2019 Cameroon (International Christian Concern) – Northern Cameroon has become a hotbed for political and military violence. In 2016, the English speaking parts of Cameroon declared that they wanted to become a new nation known as Ambazonia. Due to this conflict between

Malaysia Arrested 519 People As of July for Terrorism

08/26/2019 Malaysia (International Christian Concern) – The Malaysian police have arrested 519 people suspected of having been involved in terrorism as of July, according to Home Minister Muhyiddin Yassin. Without giving a breakdown of the numbers, he said that they comprise

Egyptian Christians Held to a Higher Standard

08/22/2019 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) – Social media is often present during the best of times — and the worst of times. In Egypt, where only 40% of its nearly 100 million population have access to social media, the situation is flammable.

Indonesian Muslim Scholar Calls the Cross “an Element of the Devil”

08/20/2019 Indonesia (International Christian Concern) – A Muslim preacher in Indonesia, has sparked religious controversy since a video of him calling the Christian cross “an element of the devil” during a sermon went viral on social media. The insulting remarks made

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
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