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Image courtesy of CSW-UKNIGERIA | 21 Dead in Fulani Raids          2.21.17

Heavily-armed Fulani herdsmen carried out raids on communities in Kaduna State, central Nigeria, on Feb. 19 and 20, destroying homes and claiming... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKCHINA | Living Stone Church Deacon Sentenced          2.20.17

On Feb. 15, Zhang Xiuhong, the former deacon of Living Stone Church, Guizhou province, was sentenced to five years... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKEGYPT | New Report States Improvements for Some Religious Minorities          2.16.17

A new report on Egypt by CSW found that while there have been improvements for some religious minorities during President Abdel Fattah el Sisi’s term... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKGLOBAL | CSW Denied UN Access       2.7.17

The United Nations Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations voted on Feb. 3 to reject Christian Solidarity Worldwide’s application for official UN accreditation... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKCUBA | Report Reveals Ongoing Religious Restrictions    2.6.17

CSW’s new report on violations of the right to Freedom of Religion or Belief in Cuba reveals that, despite developments in Cuba’s relationships with the United States... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKINDONESIA | CSW Calls for Acquittal    2.3.17

CSW is calling on the North Jakarta District Court to acquit Jakarta’s governor, Ahok, who is currently on trial for blasphemy... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKPAKISTON | Court Acquits 115 Accused in Attack       2.1.17

On Jan. 29, Pakistan’s Anti-terrorism Court acquitted 115 people accused of violence and the burning of over 100 homes in the Christian... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKBURMA | Assassination of Lawyer Condemned    1.31.17

CSW condemned the assassination of U Ko Ni, a prominent lawyer and advisor to the National League for Democracy (NLD), and expressed condolences... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKSUDAN | Rev. Abduraheem, Two Others Sentenced     1.30.17

The trial judge in the case of Rev. Hassan Abduraheem, Petr Jašek and Abdumonem Abdumawla found them guilty of a number of charges... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKINDIA | Government Urged to Uphold Constitutional Guarantees                1.25.17

CSW urges the government of India to uphold constitutional guarantees on the right to freedom... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKSUDAN | Decision Postponed in Trial           1.23.17

The judgement in the case of Rev. Hassan Abduraheem, Petr Jašek and Abdulmonem Abdumawla has been postponed ... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKPAKISTAN | Concerns Raised About Missing Activists      1.19.17

CSW is concerned about the enforced disappearance of four human rights... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKCHINA | Senior Pastor Arrested       1.13.17

Pastor Gu Yuese, also known as Joseph Gu, the former pastor of the state-sanctioned Chongyi Church in Zhejiang Province, was formally arrested... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKSUDAN | CSW Calls for Peace Agreement Implementation         1.10.17

CSW is calling on the governments of Sudan and South Sudan to honor their commitments under the Comprehensive Peace Agreement, by withdrawing unauthorized... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKSUDAN | Defense Closes Case in Security Crimes Trial         1.10.17

Lawyers representing three men charged with national security crimes in Sudan opened and closed the defense case... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKCHINA | Church Pastor Sentenced    1.6.17

Almost two weeks after his trial on Dec. 26, Pastor Yang Hua of Living Stone Church, Guizhou, was sentenced... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKINDIA | Court Rules Using Religion to Win Votes Corrupt             1.5.17

The Supreme Court of India delivered a decision Jan. 2 that an appeal by a political candidate to vote or refrain from voting on grounds... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKCHINA | Human Rights Lawyers Issue Message       1.5.17

A new year message calling for “rule-based governance” and “the betterment of human rights in China” has been issued... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKSUDAN | Reverend Released from Prison      1.3.17

Rev. Kuwa Shamal, one of four men on trial in Sudan for national security-related crimes, was released from prison... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKINDIA | Catholic Bishops Conference to Empower Dalit          12.16.16

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India issued a policy document on Dalit empowerment, in which it acknowledged that “caste discrimination is a grave social... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKPAKISTAN | Ahmadi Mosque Attacked    12.14.16

An Ahmadi mosque in Chakwal district, 90 miles south of Islamabad, was attacked by a mob of approximately 1,000 people... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKCHINA | Organs Removed from Prisoner of Conscience    12.13.16

Authorities in China removed organs from the body of Christian prisoner of conscience, Peng Ming, against his family’s wishes... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKEGYPT | Coptic Orthodox Church Attack Kills 25             12.12.16

The funeral service for those who died Dec. 11 in a bomb attack on a church adjoining the main Coptic Orthodox Cathedral took place... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKPAKISTAN | Nine Ahmadis Charged After Raid          12.9.16

Four Ahmadis were arrested Dec. 5 on charges of “hate speech” related to the publication of their community magazine... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKNEPAL | Eight Christians Acquitted in Charikot Case          12.7.16

Eight Christians in Charikot, Nepal, who were accused of attempting to convert children to Christianity through the distribution of a comic book, were acquitted ... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKSUDAN | Four Still Await Justice           12.7.16

CSW is calling for the release of Rev. Hassan Abduraheem, Rev. Kuwa Shamal, Petr Jašek and Abdumonem Abdumawla, ahead of the first anniversary of their... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKCAR | CSW Calls for Civilian Protection Amid Clashes       12.6.16

CSW is calling for the UN peacekeeping mission to prioritize the protection of civilians in the Central African Republic... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKCOLOMBIA | Congress Approves Revised Peace Deal            12.5.16

The revised Colombian peace agreement between the government of Colombia and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia was approved... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKEGYPT | Coptic Community Attacked Because of Rumors          12.5.16

Buildings belonging to the Coptic community of Al-Nagameesh village in the Sohag governorate, Upper Egypt, were attacked Nov. 25 by a mob... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKCHINA | Prisoner of Conscience Peng Ming Dies in Prison                 12.2.16

Peng Ming, a long-term political prisoner, died in prison in Hubei, China, and doubts have been cast over... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKNIGERIA | Church Voices Concern Over Rise in Fulani Attacks       11.18.16

The Evangelical Church Winning (ECWA) has voiced concerns over a surge in attacks by Fulani militia on villages in the Sanga... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKNORTH KOREA | BBC Korean Language Service Welcomed       11.18.16

CSW welcomes the decision by the BBC World Service to provide a Korean language service... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKNIGERIA | Suspects Discharged in Blasphemy Murder       11.14.16

Five suspects detained in connection with the June 2 murder of Bridget Agbahime, a 74-year-old Christian market trader, in Kano State... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKIRAN | Azeri Christians Released From Prison             11.14.16

CSW welcomes news of the release of three Azeri Christians... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKSUDAN | Concerns Arise Over Trial Delays        11.2.16

The trial of Rev. Hassan Abduraheem, Rev. Kuwa Shamal, Petr Jašek and Abdulmonem Abdumawla has been postponed for the second time in two weeks... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKCUBA | Pastor Awaits Outcome of Appeal    11.1.16

Rev. Juan Carlos Núñez Velázquez, from Las Tunas in eastern Cuba, is awaiting the outcome of his appeal... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKVIETNAM | International Call for Release of Lawyer          10.25.16

Members of parliament from around the world sent an open letter to Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuân Phúc on Oct. 24 calling on the government in Hanoi to immediately and unconditionally release... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKERITREA | Commission Permitted to Report Back to General Assembly          10.20.16

On Oct. 14, the Third Committee of the General Assembly approved a decision to invite the Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in Eritrea, to present... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKNIGERIA | At Least 40 Killed in Fulani Herder Attack    10.19.16

Heavily-armed Fulani herders attacked the Godogodo Chiefdom in Sanga Local Government Area (LGA), southern Kaduna State, from Oct. 15 ... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKIRAN | Pastor Behnam Irani Released From Prison          10.19.16

CSW confirmed that Church of Iran leader Pastor Behnam Irani was released from prison in Karaj... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKSUDAN | Trial Resumes for Four Men After Three Week Recess         10.18.16

The trial of Rev. Hassan Abduraheem, Rev. Kuwa Shamal, Petr Jašek and Abdulmonem Abdumawla resumed in Sudan on Oct. 17 after a three-week... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKIRAN | Christians Sentenced to 80 Lashes for Drinking Communion Wine       10.7.16

A court in the Iranian city of Rasht sentenced Church of Iran members to 80 lashes each after finding them guilty... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKVIETNAM | Government Urged to Further Revise Religion Draft Law       10.7.16

CSW, together with over 50 civil society organizations and Vietnamese religious groups, called upon the Vietnamese government to further revise... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKCOLOMBIA | Government Urged to Continue Working on Peace Agreement        10.3.16

CSW urges the government of Colombia and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia to continue working toward a peace agreement after the current deal... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKTURKEY | Perpetrators of Malatya Murders Arrested        10.3.16

Five men who were convicted Sept. 28 of the murders of three Christians in Malatya, Turkey in 2007... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKBURMA | Government Urged Not to Demolish Mosques    9.27.16

CSW called on the Rakhine (Arakhan) State Government, Burma, to halt plans to demolish more than 3,000 buildings associated with the Rohingya population... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKNORTH KOREA | Report Finds Freedom of Religion “Largely Non-Existent”    9.23.16

A new report on freedom of religion or belief in North Korea, released by CSW, provides further evidence that freedom of religion ... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKIRAN | Christians Await Sentencing Following Trial          9.16.16

Three Iranian Christians, who were arrested during a series of raids on Christian homes in the city of Rasht... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKSUDAN | Charges Against Czech National Underpin Case      9.16.16

CSW can confirm that Czech Christian Petr Jašek is being tried jointly with Rev. Hassan Abduraheem... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKSYRIA | CSW Welcomes Plan for Political Conflict Solution    9.15.16

CSW welcomed a new initiative launched by the Syrian opposition’s High Negotiation Commission during the Friends of Syria meeting... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKIRAN | Five Christians Arrested at Picnic       9.8.16

Five Iranian Christians were arrested by Intelligence Ministry (VEVAK) agents Aug. 26 at a picnic... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKEGYPT | Parliament Passes Controversial Law       9.7.16

Egypt’s Parliament approved a controversial new law governing the building and renovation of churches by a two-thirds majority... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKSUDAN | Family Visits Finally Permitted for Clergymen    9.6.16

As the prosecution in the trial of Rev. Hassan Abduraheem, Rev. Kuwa Shamal and Abdulmonem Abdumawla continues to outline its case, their families... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKCHINA | CSW Calls Attention to Ongoing Human Rights Abuses              9.2.16

CSW remains deeply concerned about the situation of freedom of religion or belief and other human rights violations in China ahead of the G20 summit... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKCHINA | Judicial Review Called for in Uyghur Case          8.31.16

CSW is calling for a judicial review in the case of Uyghur Christian Alimujan Yimit, who is currently serving a 15-year... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKINDIA | Kandhamal Violence Victims Continue to Seek Justice          8.24.16

Ahead of the 8th anniversary of India’s worst incidence of anti-Christian violence in Kandhamal, Odisha State, CSW stands in solidarity with victim-survivors... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKPAKISTAN | High Court Moves to Protect Threatened Heritage Sites       8.22.16

CSW welcomes the decision by the Lahore High Court on Aug. 19 to uphold a writ petition challenging the construction... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKSUDAN | Clergymen Appear in Court          8.22.16

Reverends Hassan Abduraheem and Kuwa Shamal appeared in court Aug. 21 along with Abdulmonem Abdumawla to hear the investigator outline the evidence... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKCUBA | Church Demolitions Gather Pace       8.16.16

The first half of 2016 has seen church demolitions in Cuba gather pace as the government crackdown on freedom... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKSUDAN | Prison Authorities Fail to Transport Clergymen       8.15.16

Rev. Hassan Abduraheem, Rev. Kuwa Shamal and Abdulmonem Abdumawla missed their first court hearing Aug. 14 after prison authorities failed ... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKMEXICO | US Ambassador to Raise Concerns With Government       8.15.16

CSW welcomes this week’s unprecedented visit to Mexico by the United States Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom, who will raise ongoing issues... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKCHILE | Arson Attacks Target Churches          8.12.16

A Catholic church in Collipulli, in the Araucanía region of Chile, was burned down in the early hours... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKERITREA | Doubts Cast on Report of Patriarch’s Apology       8.11.16

Doubts have been cast on the veracity of a report circulating via social media that the Patriarch of the Eritrean Orthodox Tewahdo Church has apologized... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKSUDAN | Reverends Charged with National Security Crimes       8.11.16

Reverends Hassan Abduraheem and Kuwa Shamal, who have been in held without charge in police holding cells for several months, were moved... READ THIS STORY

 

Image courtesy of CSW-UKINDIA | Supreme Court Orders Re-Opening of Kandhamal Cases       8.5.16

On Aug. 2, the Supreme Court of India directed the Odisha State government to re-investigate 315 cases of communal violence... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKCHINA | Sentences Handed Down Following Crackdown       8.5.16

The first sentences were handed down to lawyers and activists arrested as part of the “709 crackdown” on China’s community of human rights lawyers... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKSUDAN | Detained Pastors Ask to Submit Case        8.4.16

After several months in detention without charge, Sudanese Reverends Hassan Abduraheem and Kuwa Shamal asked the prosecutor to either send their case... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKGLOBAL | CSW Reaffirms Commitment to Advocacy with EU Institutions       8.3.16

The United Kingdom's historic vote to leave the European Union (EU) will affect the political structures within which CSW... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKEGYPT | Security Urged to Act After Video of Latest Attack    8.1.16

Homes belonging to Coptic families in Saft al-Kharsah village in Beni Suef Province, Upper Egypt, were destroyed by a mob July 22 amid rumors that one story... READ THIS STORY