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Image courtesy of CSW-UKSUDAN | Trial Begins for South Sudanese Clergymen    5.20.15

The trial of Rev. Yat Michael and Rev. Peter Reith, the South Sudanese clergymen facing six serious criminal charges, began May 19 at the Khartoum Bahri... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKCUBA | Request for Precautionary Measure Filed for Pastor    5.20.15

RA Request for Precautionary Measures was filed with the Inter-American Human Rights Commission on behalf of Rev. Yiorvis Bravo Denis and members of the Apostolic Movement whose property has been arbitrarily confiscated... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKBURMA | Organizations Urge Ban Ki-Moon to Negotiate Aid Access    5.20.15

CSW joined 26 other international humanitarian aid and advocacy organizations as a signatory to a letter to the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, urging him to give his “personal attention” to the humanitarian crisis... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKBURMA | Action Urged on Stranded Rohingya Refugees    5.18.15

CSW called on the British government to press for EU Foreign Ministers meeting May 18 to discuss the case of Rohingya refugees currently stranded ... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKCUBA | Government Pressure Intensifies in Eastern Cuba    5.7.15

Registered and unregistered Protestant denominations in reported an intensification of government pressure on their organizations in recent weeks... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKSUDAN | Clergymen Brought Before Criminal Court    5.5.15

Two South Sudanese clergymen from the Presbyterian Evangelical Church (SSPEC), were brought before Khartoum Bahri Criminal Court... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKNIGERIA | Emir of Kano Orders Church Rebuilding    4.30.15

The Emir of Kano ordered the rebuilding of a Baptist church and pastor’s house in Rogo Local Government Area, Kano State, and warned against further attacks... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKMEXICO | Evidence Presented for Imprisoned, Forcibly Displaced Protestants    4.29.15

Court hearings, held by the State Commission for Human Rights and the Public Ministry, heard new evidence supporting the case of two men imprisoned... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKCHINA | More Crosses Removed from Zhejiang Churches    4.29.15

A year since the demolition of Sanjiang Church in China’s Zhejiang Province as part of a campaign by the provincial government, crosses are still being removed... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKLAOS | Five Christians File Appeal Against Conviction    4.27.15

Five Laotian Christians convicted of “performance of the medical profession without a license” after praying for a Christian convert confirmed they will appeal ... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKETHIOPIA | Christians Killed By Daesh    4.20.15

A video released April 19 purports to show the killing of a group of Ethiopian Christians by Daesh (Islamic State)... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKMEXICO | Court Hearing Planned For Imprisoned Protestants    4.20.15

A court hearing is planned for April 22 in the city of Huejutla los Reyes, Mexico, concerning the case of two men who were imprisoned... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKPAKISTAN | Boy Dies After Being Set on Fire    4.15.15

Noman Maish, the 13 year-old boy who was set alight by two men in Lahore, Pakistan, on April 10 after identifying himself as a Christian, has died... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKPAKISTAN | Boy Suffers Burns After Professing Faith    4.13.15

A 13 year-old boy sustained burns to 55 percent of his body after he identified himself as a Christian... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKNIGERIA | One Dead, Church Torched in Village Attack    4.8.15

A pastor's daughter died, several people were injured and a Baptist church was torched during an attack on a village in the Rogo Local Government Area... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKKENYA | Al Shabaab Attacks University    4.2.15

Al Shabaab, the Somali-based Islamist terror group, attacked Garissa Universtiy in northeast Kenya on April 2. At least 70 people were reportedly killed... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKCUBA | US Government Urged to Discuss Religious Freedom    3.30.15

CSW is calling for violations of freedom of religion or belief to be raised in a human rights dialogue between the United States and Cuba on March 31... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKINDIA | Concerns Over Rising Attacks on Christian Minorities    3.17.15

CSW expressed concern over the increasing number of attacks on Christian communities in India... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKPAKISTAN | Government Urged to Tackle Roots of Violence Against Minorities    3.17.15

CSW called on the Pakistani government to tackle the root causes of violence against minorities and ensure the perpetrators of attacks... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKBURMA | Using Religious Defamation Laws Deteriorates Freedoms    3.17.15

CSW continues to be deeply concerned about the violations of freedom of religion or belief and freedom of expression in Burma, amid growing religious... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKPAKISTAN | Two Churches Bombed in Lahore    3.15.15

Initial reports indicate at least 14 people were killed and 68 wounded after two churches were bombed March 15 in Youhanabad, a Christian neighborhood... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKVIETNAM | Christian Lawyer’s Home Attacked at End of House Arrest    3.12.15

Vietnamese human rights lawyer and activist, Nguyen Van Dai, reported his home in Hanoi was attacked by “thugs”... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKCUBA | Pastor Imprisoned, Held Without Charge    3.11.15

The family of Rev. Jesús Noel Carballeda, the 44 year-old Cuban pastor of an unregistered church in Havana, is calling for his release... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKVIETNAM | Concerns Raised about Restrictions on Religious Freedom    3.10.15

In his report presented to the UN Human Rights Council on March 10, the UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief, Heiner Bielefeldt “identifies positive developments but also a number of serious problems”... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKSYRIA | 23 Assyrian Christians Released     3.4.15

Four Assyrian Christians, including a six year-old girl, who were among a group of at least 220 Christians abducted by Daesh (Islamic State) from their villages in northeast Syria on Feb. 24, were released... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKSYRIA | At Least 90 Abducted from Christian Villages     2.24.15

The Islamist jihadi group Daesh (Islamic State) kidnapped at least 90 people from mainly Assyrian Christian villages in northeast Syria... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKSUDAN | Lawyers Appeal Court Order to Close Church    2.19.15

Lawyers representing the Khartoum Bahri Evangelical Church are due to lodge an appeal today against a court decision to confiscate the remaining property... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKCHINA | Hong Kong Christians Demand Information About Imprisoned Bishop    2.18.15

Hong Kong Catholics have demanded official confirmation of the reported death of imprisoned Chinese Bishop Cosmas Shi Enxiang ... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKIRAN | Authorities Raid Homes, Pastor Irani Refused Conditional Release    2.18.15

CSW was informed that Iranian intelligence agents raided the homes of Yasser Mosayebzadeh, Saheb Fadaie and Mehdi Reza Omidi (Youhan) in Rasht on Feb. 16, confiscating bibles... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKSUDAN | Authorities Detain Two Clergymen, Harass Church Official     2.18.15

CSW confirmed that South Sudanese clergymen Rev. Yat Michael and Rev. Peter Yein Reith are currently detained in Khartoum... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKLAOS | Christians Cleared of Murder Convicted on New Charges    2.16.15

Five Christians cleared of murder charges related to the death of a Christian convert from an unidentified long-term illness June 21, 2014, were found guilty... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKEGYPT | Air Strikes Launched in Response to Murders    2.16.15

Egypt launched a series of air strikes in response to the murders of 21 Egyptian Christians by Daesh (Islamic State) in Libya... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKCHINA | Timeline Charts Year of Zhejiang Province Church Demolitions    2.12.15

A new interactive timeline released by CSW collates over 400 reports of incidents related to whole or partial demolitions of churches or church-run buildings ... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKINDIA | Minister Urged to Honor Pledge for Police Investigation     2.6.15

CSW urged India’s Union Minister for Home Affairs, Shri Rajnath Singh, to honor his pledge for the police to investigate the desecration... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKVIETNAM | Religious Freedom Report Issued     2.4.15

Twenty-four independent Vietnamese civil society organizations, co-signed a report drawing attention to human rights abuses in Vietnam in 2014... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKMEXICO | Report Reveals Highest Number of Catholic Priests Killed Globally    2.2.15

A new report on religious freedom violations in Mexico reveals more Roman Catholic priests and lay leaders were killed in Mexico in 2014... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKCOLOMBIA | Church Leaders Receive Death Threats    1.30.15

Five church leaders in the north of Colombia received death threats from neo-paramilitary groups, apparently because of their pastoral care... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKBURMA | Chin State Government Orders Removal of Cross, Elder Prosecuted    1.28.15

An ethnic Chin elder is due to appear in court Jan. 28 on trumped-up charges which CSW believes are connected with his involvement in the planting of a cross ... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKNEPAL | Future Uncertain After Constituent Assembly Misses Deadline     1.27.15

Nepal’s Constituent Assembly was unable to agree on a draft of the new constitution by the Jan. 22 deadline, raising fears among religious minorities... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKMEXICO | Displaced Protestants Refused Re-Entry to Village    1.27.15

A group of 47 displaced Protestants from Chiapas State, Mexico, were refused re-entry to their village despite state government promises that village leaders... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKCUBA | Religious Freedom Violations Continue to Increase    1.26.15

Violations of religious freedom in Cuba continued to rise in 2014, according to a new report by CSW detailing 220 separate violations... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKINDIA | CSW Asks President Obama to Address Religious Minorities Situation    1.23.15

CSW calls on US President Barack Obama to raise the concerns of India’s religious minorities in his bilateral meetings with Prime Minister Narendra Modi... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKBURMA | Religious Conversion Bill “Major Setback for Religious Freedom”    1.23.15

CSW expressed profound concern that a new law restricting religious conversions, passed earlier this week by the upper house of Burma’s parliament, will be a major setback for religious freedom... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKBURMA | Rape, Murder of Kachin Teachers Condemned     1.22.15

CSW condemned the rape and murder of two Kachin women in their church compound on the night of Jan. 19 and called on the government of Burma... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKNIGERIA | Boko Haram Kills Hundreds in Several Villages       1.14.15

Boko Haram’s violent campaign in the northeast of Nigeria left hundreds dead in Baga and at least 15 villages in Borno State... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKSRI LANKA | President Urged to Uphold Election Pledge     1.13.15

CSW urges President Maithripala Sirisena to uphold his election pledge to ensure religious harmony and to adopt... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKIRAN | Christian Released From Prison    1.7.15

Christian Solidarity Worldwide was informed that Amin Khaki, a member of the Church of Iran denomination, was released on bail... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKSUDAN | Christians Call Off Protest    12.22.14

A protest planned by Sudanese Christians for Dec. 22 against the illegal sale of church property in Khartoum has been called off... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKEGYPT | Christian Convert Facing Maltreatment in Prison    12.16.14

CSW received confirmed reports that Bishoy Armia Boulous, an Egyptian convert to Christianity who is currently serving a prison sentence, is being mistreated... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKIRAN | Charges Dropped Against Church of Iran Clergy    12.16.14

CSW was informed that the six-year sentences handed down to three members of the Church of Iran denomination have been revoked... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKSUDAN | Lawyers Appeal Eviction Notice    12.10.14

Lawyers representing the Anglican Church in Sudan and 12 tenants in one of the church’s properties in Omdurman, Khartoum State, lodged a constitutional appeal... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKIRAN | Second Appeal Hearing for Three Iranian Clergymen    12.9.14

Pastors Behnam Irani, Matthias Haghnejad and Deacon Silas Rabbani attended a second court session on Dec. 9 as part of their appeal against six-year... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKARGENTINA | Lawyer Lobbies US Policymakers   12.8.14

Dr. Alejandro Zeverin, the lawyer for a Baptist church in Colombia which has endured ongoing and escalating attacks for two years, briefed US policymakers... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKSUDAN | Authorities Demolish Church, Arrest 37 Christians    12.4.14

Sudanese authorities demolished part of the main church building belonging to Khartoum Bahri Evangelical Church on Dec. 2 and arrested 37 people who were praying... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKCOLOMBIA | Activists Raise Religious Freedom Concerns    11.24.14

Two Colombian activists met with US policymakers last week to raise concerns about freedom of religion or belief in Colombia and presented a report outlining ... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKIRAN | Lawyer for Christians Denied Access Before Second Trial    11.24.14

The lawyer representing Pastor Behnam Irani, Pastor Matthias Haghnejad and Deacon Silas Rabbani was denied access to his clients ahead of their appeal hearing... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKNEPAL | Constituent Assembly Urged to Heed Commission Call    11.19.14

CSW urges Nepal’s Constituent Assembly to guarantee the rights of religious minorities in the new constitution, in line with the recent recommendation of the Chairman of the National Human Rights Commission... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKMEXICO | Organizations Call for Pressure Regarding Religious Freedom    11.19.14

CSW joins Impulso 18, Open Doors-Mexico and Voice of the Martyrs-Mexico in calling on the international community to hold Mexico to account on religious freedom... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKNORTH KOREA | UN Vote Recommending Referral Welcomed    11.19.14

CSW welcomes the vote on Nov. 18 by the UN General Assembly, recommending the Security Council refer North Korea to the International Criminal Court... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKPAKISTAN | Inquiry Called into Kasur Lynching    11.12.14

CSW joins human rights groups in Pakistan in calling for an impartial inquiry into the lynching of Christian couple Shehzad Masih and Shama Bibi... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKGLOBAL | International Coalition of Parliamentarians for Religious Freedom    11.10.14

CSW welcomes the launch on Nov. 8 of an international coalition of parliamentarians committed to combating religious persecution... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKARGENTINA | Church Wants Investigation Into Attempted Murder of Pastor    11.10.14

The first oral hearing into the case of the attempted murder of Pastor Marcelo Nieva in Rio Tercero, Cordoba Province on Oct. 21 will take place in Cordoba Federal... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKMEXICO | Victims to Give Testimony of Religious Freedom Violations    11.4.14

Victims of religious freedom violations will give testimony at a national conference on religious freedom in Mexico City on Nov. 6. The group will be joined by... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKCHINA | Latin American Lawyers Raise Case With Chinese President    11.4.14

The Inter-American Federation of Christian Legal Professionals sent a letter this week to Chinese president Xi Jinping expressing its concern over the situation of fellow lawyer Gao Zhisheng... READ THIS STORY