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Prisoner release puts Iran’s human rights abuses, persecution in spotlight

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Iran | Although Iran freed Pastor Saeed Abedini and three other Americans in a recent prisoner swap, Christians and religious minorities in the Islamic republic…

Former Soviet republics are Central Asia’s persecution hotspot

By Julia A. Seymour
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Persecution | Worsening persecution in the Middle East and Africa commanded headlines in 2015, but Christians in many other countries also saw a deterioration of religious…

Irish pastor acquitted of anti-Muslim hate speech

By Julia A. Seymour
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Free Speech | A court in Belfast, Ireland, has acquitted an evangelical preacher accused of hate speech in 2014 for calling Islam “satanic.” Dismissing the case against…

Muslims protect Christians in Kenyan bus attack

By Julia A. Seymour
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Religion | Islamic militants with Somalia’s al-Shabaab are suspected of attacking a commuter bus in northeast Kenya on Dec. 21. The attack killed two people and…

Indonesia deploys 150,000 police to protect churches for Christmas

By Julia A. Seymour
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Persecution | Concerned about the threat of Islamic terrorism, Indonesian authorities dispatched 150,000 police officers to protect churches in North Sumatra province…

Christianity growing in northern India despite Hindu hostility

By Julia A. Seymour
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Persecution | Missionaries in northern India say Hindu extremists are increasingly trying to entrap them with trumped-up accusations of forced conversions. But the rise in…

African troops free Boko Haram hostages, arrest militant fighters

By Julia A. Seymour
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Terrorism | Troops killed and arrested hundreds of Boko Haram fighters in an offensive in Cameroon late last month. Soldiers from Cameroon, Nigeria, Chad, and Benin swept…

Proposed Iraqi law would force some children to become Muslim

By Julia A. Seymour
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Persecution | Religious minority groups in Iraq are protesting a new law that would force some children to become Muslim. Chaldean Patriarch Louis Sako of Baghdad urged…

Justice is rare for Christian women raped in Pakistan

By Julia A. Seymour
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Persecution | Two Muslim men accused of raping Christian sisters in Pakistan were acquitted in October, an all too common outcome for rape trials in the Islamic nation. The…

Christian groups cheer State Department’s latest religious liberty report

By Julia A. Seymour
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Persecution | Groups focused on persecution of Christians around the world welcomed the Oct. 14 release of the U.S. State Department’s latest report on international…

Islamists detained in Bangladesh for trying to kill pastor

By Julia A. Seymour
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Persecution | Authorities in Bangladesh have arrested five militant Islamists suspected of trying to murder a Christian pastor. The five detained men are members of the…

Aid shortfalls are driving desperate Syrians back home

By Julia A. Seymour
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Syria | Desperate conditions and cuts to humanitarian aid helped drive many Middle Eastern refugees into Europe in recent months. But a new scarcity of aid is now…

 
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