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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


Image courtesy of CSW-UKPAKISTAN | Blasphemy Accusation Triggers Violence    7.29.16

One person was killed and another critically injured by a mob attack targeting the Hindu community in Mirpur Mathelo of Sindh district... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKIRAN | Pastor Nadarkhani Charged with National Security Crimes    7.25.16

CSW learned that Yousef Nadarkhani, the Church of Iran pastor acquitted of apostasy in 2012, was charged with... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKPAKISTAN | Greater Protection Called for Human Rights Defenders    7.15.16

CSW is calling on the government of Pakistan to uphold greater protections for human rights defenders following the murder of activist... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKNORTH KOREA | CSW Welcomes Sanctions on Regime    7.12.16

CSW welcomes the decision by the United States Department of the Treasury to apply targeted sanctions to top members... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKSUDAN | Church Members Convicted of Obstruction    7.11.16

CSW learned that 14 members and leaders of the Khartoum Bahri Evangelical Church who were arrested on July 7 were convicted... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKCHINA | Legal Assistant Released Ahead of Crackdown Anniversary    7.11.16

CSW welcomes the release on bail of 24 year-old legal assistant Zhao Wei on July 7 but remains concerned about those still in detention... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKSUDAN | Church Members Arrested    7.11.16

Members of the Khartoum Bahri Evangelical Church were arrested twice on July 7, after protesting against the sale... READ THIS STORY



Image courtesy of CSW-UKERITREA | Resolution Enables Accountability for Crimes Against Humanity    7.4.16

The United Nations Human Rights Council adopted a resolution July 1 extending the mandate of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKNIGERIA | Details Available on Death of Abducted Catholic Clergyman    6.30.16

The Rev. Father John Adeyi, whose decomposing body was found June 23 in Benue State, may have died because he could not access his medicatio... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKCHINA | CSW Welcomes Inquiry on Human Rights    6.30.16

FCSW welcomes a new report by the Conservative Party Human Rights Commission on the crackdown on human rights... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKCOLOMBIA | CSW Welcomes Ceasefire     6.23.16

CSW welcomed the announcement June 23 of a ceasefire and an end to hostilities between the Government of Colombia... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKPAKISTAN | Third Targeted Killings Against Ahmadiyya Muslim Community    4.22.16

A homeopathic doctor belonging to the Ahmadiyya community was shot dead in his clinic... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKEGYPT | Coptic Homes, Property Attacked    6.21.16

Homes and property belonging to the Coptic community of Qarayat al Bayda village near Alexandria were attacked June 17 by angry crowds... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKIRAN | Mohammadreza Omidi Released on Bail   6.9.16

CSW learned that Mohammadreza Omidi (Youhan), a Church of Iran member who was arrested May 13 in Rasht, Iran, was released... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKERITREA | CSW Welcomes Commission of Inquiry Findings    6.8.16

CSW welcomes the findings by the United Nations Commission of Inquiry on human rights in Eritrea (COIE) that crimes against humanity... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKBANGLADESH | Two Murdered by Extremists    6.8.16

A Christian and a Hindu were murdered in Bangladesh, the latest in a spate of attacks targeting religious... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKNIGERIA | Armed Herdsmen Attack Village    6.6.16

One person was killed and churches and homes set on fire during an attack by armed Fulani herdsmen on Ninte Village... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKIRAN | Two Church of Iran Members Released; One Still in Custody    6.1.16

Church of Iran members, Yasser Mossayebzadeh and Saheb Fadaie, who were arrested May 13 in Rasht, Iran, were released on bail... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKMEXICO | Evangelical Church Leader Stabbed    5.31.16

CSW supports a statement by the Baja California state Evangelical Alliance (AEBC) condemning an attack on a church leader... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKSUDAN | Church Of Christ Minister Re-Arrested    5.31.16

Rev. Kwa Shamal, a minister of the Sudan Church of Christ, was re-arrested by the police... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKEGYPT | Elderly Woman Assaulted, Homes Destroyed    5.27.16

Seven Coptic families lost their homes and an elderly woman was stripped and beaten during an outbreak of sectarian violence... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKIRAN | Exorbitant Bail Set For Imprisoned Christians    5.25.16

Yasser Mossayebzadeh, Saheb Fadaie and Mohammadreza Omidi (Youhan), who were arrested May 13 in Rasht, Iran, remain in custody after exorbitant bail... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKEGYPT | Human Rights Defender Detained Longer    5.25.16

Egyptian human rights defender Mina Thabet, who was arrested May 19, was remanded in custody for an additional... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKMEXICO | Victims Brief U.S. Policymakers     5.24.16

Casto Hernandez Hernandez and Fidel Lopez Hernandez will meet with U.S. policymakers in Washington, D.C. this week to share their testimonies... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKVIETNAM | Father Ly Released    5.24.16

Father Nguyen Van Ly was granted an early release from prison May 20. Media outlets have reported the release as a goodwill gesture... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKERITREA | Protest Vigil Marks Campaign of Repression Against Christians    5.20.16

Representatives of seven NGOs from the UK and Ireland joined members of the Eritrean diaspora in a protest vigil... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKEGYPT | Human Rights Defender Arrested    5.20.16

Mina Thabet, a human rights activist specializing in Coptic and Minority rights, was arrested May 19 at his home... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKCAR | CSW Welcomes Interfaith Partnership for Peace    5.19.16

Christian Solidarity Worldwide welcomed the creation of the Interfaith Partnership for the Consolidation of Peace... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKVIETNAM | Activist Beaten, Interrogated; Son Arrested    5.17.16

Tran Thi Hong, a Vietnamese activist and wife of imprisoned pastor Nguyen Cong Chinh, said her family was harassed by the authorities and her son arrested... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKIRAN | Pastor Nadarkhani Released; Three Church Members Held    5.15.16

According to CSW’s sources, Pastor Nadarkhani and his wife, who were arrested after VEVAK officers raided their home in Rasht on May 13... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKIRAN | Pastor Nadarkhani Arrested    5.13.16

CSW learned that Yousef Nadarkhani, the Church of Iran pastor acquitted of apostasy in 2012, was arrested May 13 in Iran along with his wife... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKSUDAN | Christian Activist Released, Reverend Still Detained    5.11.16

Talahon Nigosi Kassa Ratta, a Christian activist and member of the Khartoum Bahri Evangelical Church, was released from prison ... READ THIS STORY