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Image courtesy of CSW-UKEGYPT | Extremist Murders Orthodox Priest              10.16.17

A 50 year-old Coptic Orthodox priest from Upper Egypt was stabbed to death, and another was wounded, by a suspected extremist... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKCHINA | Commentary by Detained Human Rights Lawyer Released          10.16.17

A new commentary by Chinese human rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng said the human rights situation in China has deteriorated to an unprecedented level... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKNIGERIA | Journalist Released From Custody    10.13.17

Journalist Luka Binniyat was reunited with his family on Oct. 12, after spending 96 days in custody on charges related to the publication... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKSUDAN | Protests Against Forced Sunday Opening        10.11.17

Sixty Christian and Muslim parents gathered outside the Council of Ministers in Khartoum on Sept. 10 to protest against an order requiring Christian schools to open... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKCUBA | Charges Dropped Against Activist    10.6.17

Felix Yuniel Llerena López, a religious freedom activist, was informed Oct. 2 that criminal charges against him were dropped by Cuban state security... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKTURKEY | President Proposes Unacceptable Exchange    10.4.17

The president of Turkey has suggested an American pastor, who has been jailed for over a year, could be released in exchange for the extradition... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKBURMA | Army Arms Embargo Called For       9.19.17

CSW urged the United Nations to take immediate action to stop the Burma Army’s campaign of ethnic cleansing against the Rohingya people, in an oral statement... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKERITREA | Questions Arise Concerning Patriarch Status       9.15.17

There are renewed questions regarding the current status of Patriarch Antonios of the Eritrean Orthodox Church, after he failed to deliver the traditional televised ... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKINDIA | Journalist, Rights Activist Killed    9.8.17

Gauri Lankesh, a senior journalist and activist, was shot dead by three unidentified assailants outside her home in Rajarajeshwari Nagar, Bengaluru... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKKENYA | Residents Call for Enhanced Security    9.8.17

Residents of Lamu County held protests on Sept. 6 and 7 demanding enhanced security measures after four men were beheaded and several houses raided... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKCHINA | Revisions to Religious Regulations Released    9.8.17

China’s State Council recently released a set of revisions to the 2005 Regulations on Religious Affairs which strengthen state control over religious... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKIRAN | Christian Children Face Education Ultimatum    9.7.17

CSW was informed that children from families belonging to the Church of Iran denomination in the cities of Rasht and Shiraz were told they must either study Shi’a Islam... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKNIGERIA | Journalist Denied Bail Review       9.6.17

Journalist Luka Binniyat was remanded in custody for 40 additional days on Aug. 31 after a judge refused to review... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKSUDAN | Church Challenges Government Interference       9.1.17

The Sudanese Church of Christ is challenging a government decision to impose an unelected leadership committee on the church. The Ministry of Guidance and Religious Endowments, which oversees... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKIRAN | Four Christians to Appear Before Appeal Court    8.31.17

CSW was informed that the appeal hearing for Pastor Yousef Nadarkhani, Mohammadreza Omidi (Youhan), Yasser Mossayebzadeh and Saheb Fadaie will be heard by a judge accused of having overseen miscarriages of justice... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKSUDAN | Synod Leader Released on Bail    8.23.17

Rev. Yahia Nalou, leader of the Sudan Evangelical Presbyterian Church's Synod, was arrested Aug. 21, charged with trespass for allegedly entering ... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKNEPAL | Bill Criminalizes Religious Conversion          8.22.17

The Nepali parliament passed a Bill on Aug. 8 criminalizing religious conversion and the “hurting of religious sentiment.” It is expected to become law... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKKENYA | Three Killed in Attack       8.21.17

At least three men were beheaded and several houses torched Aug. 18 during an early morning raid on a village on the northern coast of Kenya by members... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKERITREA | Christian Mother Dies in Prison    8.11.17

Fikadu Debesay, who was detained with her husband in May during raids targeting Evangelical Christians in Adi Quala town, Eritrea, died... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKCHINA | Hong Kong Christian Politician Allegedly Tortured       8.11.17

Howard Lam, a Christian and member of Hong Kong's Democratic Party, said he was abducted and tortured by men believed to be Chinese... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKCHINA | Church Deacon Released on Probation    8.9.17

Zhang Xiuhong, the former deacon of Living Stone Church, Guizhou Province, was released on Aug. 7 after spending more than two... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKCUBA | Pastor Permitted to Resume Work                8.9.17

Pastor Ramon Rigal, of the Church of God in Cuba, appeared in court Aug. 8, where he was informed that he will be allowed to resume... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKVIETNAM | Lawyer Imprisoned 600 Days Without Trial    8.8.17

Activists in London, Dublin and Prague marked the 600th day of the unjust imprisonment of Vietnamese human rights lawyer, Nguyen Van Dai with a solidarity action... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKCUBA | Pastor Barred From Working as Church Leader             8.4.17

Pastor Ramon Rigal, of the Church of God in Cuba, was informed by government officials in Guantanamo Province on July 31 that he is no longer permitted... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKINDIA | Jharkhand State Introduces Anti-Conversion Bill             8.4.17

An anti-conversion bill was approved in India’s Jharkhand State on Aug. 2 and may become law if it is approved... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKERITREA | Patriarch Still Held Incommunicado              8.4.17

CSW is concerned that the legitimate patriarch of the Eritrean Orthodox Church, Abune Antonios, has not been seen in public since attending Mass ... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKVIETNAM | Prisoner of Conscience Released        7.31.17

Pastor Nguyen Cong Chinh, a Vietnamese pastor and former prisoner of conscience, arrived with his family in the U.S. following release from prison... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKNIGERIA | Journalist Returned to Jail    7.21.17

Luka Binniyat, a Christian journalist in Nigeria’s Kaduna State, has been returned to jail following a bail hearing... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKERITREA | Concerns Expressed About Patriarch’s Wellness           7.19.17

Concerns are being expressed regarding the well-being of the patriarch of the Eritrean Orthodox Church, as further information emerges of the circumstances ... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKNIGERIA | Concerns Raised About Prosecuted Journalist    7.17.17

CSW is concerned at the remanding in custody of a Christian journalist for publishing an incorrect story... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKERITREA | Patriarch Participates in Sunday Mass       7.17.17

CSW confirmed that the legitimate patriarch of the Eritrean Orthodox Church, Abune Antonius, who has been under house arrest since 2007, participated... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKIRAN | More Christians Receive Excessive Sentences    7.12.17

CSW learned that Pastor Yousef Nadarkhani, Mohammadreza Omidi, Yasser Mossayebzadeh and Saheb Fadaie were sentenced to 10 years in prison each... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKTANZANIA | Christians Arrested for Cooking During Ramadan    7.10.17

CSW is concerned to learn that three Christians were arrested in Zanzibar on June 16 for cooking food in a private home during... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKIRAN | Christians Receive 10-Year Sentences    7.4.17

A judge in Iran sentenced four Christians to 10 years imprisonment each for engaging in missionary activities and “conducting activities against national security... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKVIETNAM | CSW Calls for Release of Religious Freedom Defenders     7.4.17

CSW, together with over 40 human rights and civil society organizations, called on the Prime Minister of Vietnam to release... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKVIETNAM | Investigation Called for in Suspicious Death    7.4.17

In an open letter to the Vietnamese Minister of Public Security, over 30 civil society organizations, including CSW, have called for an independent, impartial and effective investigation... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKCHINA | Pastor Zhang Shaojie Tortured    6.28.17

Pastor Zhang Shaojie of Nanle Country Christian Church, Henan Province, is barely alive after suffering various forms of torture in prison... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKIRAN | Notorious Judge Intervenes in Court Hearing    6.28.17

CSW has learned that during a court hearing June 14 for four members of the Church of Iran denomination in Rasht, who are charged with “action against... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKERITREA | Christian Women Held in Island Prison    6.28.17

CSW has learned that 33 Eritrean women are being held in an infamous island prison in the Red Sea... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKSRI LANKA | Human Rights Lawyer Threatened    6.27.17

Prominent Sri Lankan human rights lawyer, Lakshan Dias, was criticized by government officials and threatened with being disbarred... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKCUBA | Religious Freedom Defender Blocked from Leaving          6.19.17

A religious freedom defender was blocked from leaving Cuba to attend a conference on human rights and democracy... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKPAKISTAN | Death Sentence for Blasphemy on Facebook       6.15.17

Taimoor Raza, a Shi’a Muslim, became the first person to be sentenced to death by Pakistan’s Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) on June 10, for allegedly... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKERITREA | 122 Christians Detained               6.15.17

CSW was informed that 122 Eritrean Christians were detained during the month of May in a series of round-ups... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKPAKISTAN | Christian Sanitation Worker Dies    6.12.17

A Christian sanitation worker, who fell ill after cleaning a manhole, died at Civil Hospital in Sindh on June 1 after he was refused treatment... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKEGYPT | Attack on Vehicles Kills 28    5.27.17

At least 28 people were killed and 23 injured on May 26 when masked gunmen opened fire on three vehicles transporting... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKERITREA | Patriarch Spends Decade Under House Arrest           5.26.17

CSW remains gravely concerned about the wellbeing of His Holiness Abune Antonios, the legitimate Patriarch of the Eritrean Orthodox (Tewahdo) Church... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKINDONESIA | UN Experts Call Ahok’s Release       5.25.17

CSW welcomes the statement by United Nations human rights experts urging the Indonesian government to review and repeal... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKMALAYSIA | 100 Days Since Pastor Abduction           5.23.17

CSW is calling for the Malaysian government to secure the release of Pastor Raymond Koh and to bring his kidnappers to justice... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKERITREA | Christians Arrested as Crackdown Continues        5.18.17

A number of Christians were arrested in Eritrea in round-ups of members of unregistered denominations that occurred during... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKSUDAN | Abduraheem, Abdumawla Pardoned        5.11.17

Sudanese clergyman Rev. Hassan Abduraheem and activist Abdulmonem Abdumawla, who were serving 12-year prison sentences for espionage... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKSUDAN | Last Church in Soba Aradi District Demolished       5.10.17

The last remaining church in the Soba Aradi district in the south east of the Sudanese capital, Khartoum, was demolished May 7... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKCUBA | Activist Expelled from University       5.10.17

Felix Yuniel Llerena López, a 20-year-old religious freedom defender, was expelled from the Enrique José Varona Pedagogical University in Havana... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKINDONESIA | Jakarta Governor Found Guilty of Blasphemy    5.9.17

The governor of Jakarta, Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, known as Ahok, was found guilty of blasphemy and sentenced to two years... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKCHINA | Lawyer Given Suspended Sentence, Not Released              5.3.17

Chinese human rights lawyer, Li Heping, was convicted of the crime of “subverting state power” on April 28 and given a three-year prison sentence... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKCUBA | Religious Freedom Activist Threatened       5.2.17

Felix Yuniel Llerena López, 20 year-old religious freedom activist and university student, was detained and threatened on his return to Cuba following a visit... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKNIGERIA | Violence Campaign Continues in Southern Kaduna             4.21.17

At least 12 people were killed and many more injured when Fulani militiamen attacked Asso Village in the Jemaa local government area... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKBURMA | Organizations Call for Prisoner Review    4.20.17

On the occasion of the third anniversary of the death of U Win Tin, 22 organizations are calling for the immediate release of all individuals detained or imprisoned on fabricated, politically motivated charges... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKGLOBAL | CSW Receives UN Accreditation    4.19.17

CSW has been granted official UN accreditation by the 54 membered United Nations Economic and Social Council after eight years of deferrals... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKGLOBAL | Dignitaries Support CSW           4.11.17

Thirty dignitaries from around the world, including Nobel Laureates Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Jose Ramos-Horta, the former President of Timor Leste, have signed a joint letter... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKINDIA | Christians Face Intolerance on Palm Sunday             4.11.17

Christians in six states in India witnessed harassment and attacks as they gathered to celebrate Palm Sunday... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKEGYPT | State of Emergency Following Church Attacks           4.10.17

The Egyptian government declared a three-month state of emergency, three days of mourning and increased security following attacks... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKBANGLADESH | Villagers Injured After Police Attack         4.6.17

CSW is calling for an independent investigation after an alleged attack by police officers on a Christian community... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKMEXICO | Catholic Priest Honored for Investigating Attacks       4.5.17

Father Omar Sotelo Aguilar, a Catholic priest who has documented attacks on priests and other Catholic Church members by criminal groups in Mexico for over... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKSUDAN | Church Leader Killed During Protest    4.5.17

CSW has learned that an elder of the Sudan Evangelical Presbyterian Church was killed April 3 during a peaceful protest at the Evangelical School... READ THIS STORY