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Image courtesy of CSW-UKALGERIA | Christians Unjustly Convicted                5.21.18

CSW’s sources confirmed that two Algerian Christians were convicted and fined for proselytizing. During a hearing on May 16, Noureddeine, a 30-year-old... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKNEPAL | Churches Targeted in Arson Attacks             5.16.18

Four Christian Churches in Nepal were attacked over a five-day period by unidentified assailants. The attacks, which began May 9, targeted... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKBURMA | Army Targets Christian Mission School             5.15.18

Burmese military jetfighters bombed the Kachin Baptist Mission School in Bawmwang village, northern Kachin State, at 11 a.m. on May 12. While there were no casualties... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKERITREA | Minute of Silence Held at Vigil             5.15.18

TOn May 17, CSW will join Human Rights Concern Eritrea, Release Eritrea, the Medhanie Alem Eritrean Orthodox Church and the British Orthodox Church to protest the continuing repression of freedom... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKINDONESIA | Churches Hit in Bomb Attacks                    5.14.18

Three churches in Indonesia’s second-largest city, Surabaya, were hit in bomb attacks which killed 13 people and injured dozens... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKCHINA | Independent Church Pastors Under Pressure                 5.14.18

Pastor Su Tianfu of Living Stone Church in Guizhou Province, China was sentenced to one year in prison which was suspended for two years with a further... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKVIETNAM | Nuns Beaten During Peaceful Protest                    5.10.18

A group of Catholic nuns peacefully protesting construction on land belonging to their congregation were physically assaulted May 9... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKINDIA | Compensation Awarded to Kandhamal Victims                 5.10.18

The Delhi High Court has awarded enhanced compensation to 14 Christians who were victims of targeted attacks in Kandhamal in 2008, in a step that has been welcomed... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKIRAN | Sentences Upheld for Christians          5.9.18

CSW has confirmed that the 10-year sentences handed down to Pastor Yousef Nadarkhani, Mohammadreza Omidi (Youhan), Yasser Mossayebzadeh... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKNEPAL | Catholic Church Set on Fire          5.9.18

St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Kohalpur, Banke District in Nepal was set on fire at around 1 a.m. on May 5 by unidentified arsonists... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKCAR | Gunman Attack Mass Service                 5.4.18

At least 15 people were killed and 100 were injured when gunmen attacked a mass service at the Our Lady Fatima Church in Bangui, Central African Republic... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKINDIA | Christian Attacked, Anti-Christian Campaigns Increase              5.3.18

A church-run vacation Bible school was disrupted when two men stormed into the Victory and Light Prayer House in Palavanatham village, Virudhunagar... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKNIGERIA | Churches Protest Violence           5.1.18

Churches across Nigeria protested peacefully April 29 against Fulani herder militia violence and the continuing captivity of Leah Sharibu... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKBURMA | Renewed Fighting in Kachin State          5.1.18

The Kachin community worldwide has appealed to the United Nations Security Council to refer the government of Burma to the International... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKERITREA | Jehovah’s Witnesses Die in Prison          4.30.18

Two elderly Jehovah’s Witnesses, who had been detained since 2008, reportedly died in early 2018 in Mai Serwa Prison near the Eritrean capital... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKNIGERIA | Priests Killed During Morning Mass           4.25.18

Two Catholic priests were killed during morning Mass when Mbalom village in Gwer West Local Government Area of Benue State, Nigeria, was attacked in the early... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKCHINA | Protestant, Catholic Churches Under Pressure              4.23.18

CSW is concerned by reports that authorities in China’s Henan Province have demolished crosses and churches, destroyed religious... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKINDIA | Christian Attacked, Anti-Christian Campaigns Increase              4.23.18

A Christian laborer from the District of Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, was attacked April 19 by a neighbor who accused him of sharing... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKBURMA | Kachin Christians Freed from Prison       4.20.18

Two ethnic Kachin Christians, who were imprisoned in 2017 for assisting journalists reporting on the bombing of a Catholic Church by the Burma Army, were freed... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKNIGERIA | Prayer, Fasting Called for Leah Sharibu        4.20.18

The Evangelical Church Winning All called for three days of prayer and fasting for the release of Leah Sharibu, the Nigerian school girl held by the Boko Haram... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKPAKISTAN | Third Attack on Christians in Five Months         4.19.18

Two Christian men were killed and three injured April 15 after unknown gunmen opened fire on the Christian neighborhood of Essa Nagri... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKVIETNAM | Lawyer Sentenced to 15 Years                 4.5.18

Six Vietnamese defendants, tried on April 5, were sentenced to 7-15 years in prison for activities against the state. Christian human rights lawyer... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKVIETNAM | Religious Freedom Defenders Stand Trial              4.3.18

Six Vietnamese defendants, including Christian human rights lawyer and pro-democracy activist Nguyen Van Dai, pastor and activist Nguyen Trung Ton and legal expert Nguyen Bac Truyen, will stand trial... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKPAKISTAN | Men Acquitted of Murdering Christian Couple                3.28.18

On March 24, an anti-terrorism court in Lahore, Pakistan, acquitted 20 men accused in the murder of Christian couple, Shama and Shezad Masih, who were burned... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKNIGERIA | Call to Prayer for Sharibu             3.26.18

Churches worldwide held prayers March 25 in response to a call to prayer issued by the Christian Association of Nigeria for the release of Leah Sharibu... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKNIGERIA | Lawyers Call for Release of Girl          3.23.18

The Christian Lawyers Fellowship of Nigeria called on President Buhari to ensure the release of Leah Sharibu, the Christian girl from Dapchi currently being held... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKIRAN | Church Served Eviction Notice          3.9.18

CSW has learned that a retreat center belonging to the Assemblies of God (AoG) Churches in Iran was served with an evacuation notice March 7... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKSRI LANKA | State of Emergency Following Violence        3.7.18

A 10-day state of emergency has been imposed in Sri Lanka in the wake of communal violence between Buddhist nationalists... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKERITREA | Muslim Elder Dies in Detention                3.6.18

Haji Musa Mohammed Nur, the highly-respected nonagenarian Honorary President of Al Diaa Islamic School in Asmara, has died in detention. Initial reports state... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKCUBA | Religious Freedom Defender Released                 3.2.18

A prominent Cuban advocate for freedom of religion or belief, Leonardo Rodríguez Alonso, was released from detention March 2. He was detained... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKCUBA | Defender Detained, Churches Harassed              2.28.18

A prominent Cuban advocate for freedom of religion or belief, Leonardo Rodríguez Alonso, was detained Feb. 28 in Villa Clara and is being held without charge... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKCHINA | Death of Human Rights Lawyer Suspicious           2.26.18

Well-known Chinese Christian human rights lawyer, Li Baiguang, died in a military hospital Feb. 25, despite being in good health... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKSUDAN | Government Demolishes Church              2.14.18

CSW has learned that a Sudanese Evangelical Presbyterian Church in El Haj Yousif, Khartoum North, was demolished Feb. 11 by Sudanese security agents... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKMEXICO | Catholic Priests Killed                2.12.18

CSW is calling for a full investigation into the murders of two Roman Catholic priests in Mexico. Father Iván Añorve Jaimes and Father Germain Muñiz Garcia were killed... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKVIETNAM | Hoa Hao Buddhists Sentenced           2.12.18

Six Hoa Hao Buddhists in Vietnam have been sentenced to up to six years in prison after holding a peaceful demonstration against suppression... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKCUBA | Number of Violations Remains High           1.24.18

The wife of a Cuban political prisoner ended her 19-day hunger strike Jan. 23 after Cuban authorities made verbal promises to respect... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKCHINA | Crackdown on Unregistered Churches       1.22.18

Christians have been detained and churches shut down or destroyed in China in the month before revised Regulations on Religious Affairs are due to come into effect ... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKIRAN | Christians Receive Eight Year Sentences       1.11.18

Two Iranian Christians were sentenced to a total of eight years in prison by a revolutionary court in December 2017 after being convicted of national... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKCUBA | Priest Detained, Pressured        1.10.18

Cuban Yoruba priest, Alexei Mora Montalvo, was forcibly detained by the Cuban political police Jan. 5... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKERITREA | No Improvement for Detained Patriarch             12.7.17

There has been no significant improvement in the circumstances of the detained head of the Eritrean Tewahdo Orthodox Church, despite official attempts to give... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKMEXICO | Multiple Religious Minorities Forced from Homes             12.7.17

Multiple expulsions of religious minorities from their homes in Tuxpan de Bolaños in Mexico’s Jalisco State led to 64 men, women and children from the Huichol indigenous group being forcibly... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKNORTH KOREA | Defectors Forcibly Repatriated       11.30.17

Ten North Korean defectors, who were arrested Nov. 4 after police raided the house where they were sheltering in Shenyang, northeast China... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKCHINA | Lawyer Sentenced to Prison    11.23.17

Chinese human rights lawyer, Jiang Tianyong, was sentenced to two years in prison on the charge of “inciting subversion of state power”... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKVIETNAM | Organizations Call for Release of Prisoners        11.13.17

A joint initiative by 14 Vietnamese and international organizations, including Christian Solidarity Worldwide, is calling for the immediate and unconditional release... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKCHINA | North Korean Defectors Face Forcible Repatriation      11.8.17

CSW is calling on the Chinese government to halt moves to forcibly repatriate 10 North Korean defectors... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKSUDAN | Religious Leaders Unjustly Convicted           11.6.17

Two leaders of the Sudan Evangelical Presbyterian Church were unjustly convicted on Oct. 30 of criminal misappropriation and criminal trespass... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKERITREA | Government Clampdown Sparks Protest          11.3.17

Infringements on the right to education of children from two of Eritrea’s permitted religious groups caused a rare show of public resistance against... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKBURMA | Kachin Christians Jailed             11.2.17

Dumdaw Nawng Lat, 67, was sentenced to four years and three months in prison, while Langjaw Gam Seng, 35, was sentenced to two years and three months in prison on Oct. 27. In 2016, the ethnic Kachin Christians... READ THIS STORY