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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


Image courtesy of CSW-UKNORTH KOREA | CSW Welcomes UN Report, Urges Criminal Court Referral    10.31.14

CSW welcomes this week’s report by the UN Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, and calls on the UN General Assembly to adopt a resolution... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKARGENTINA | Attempted Murder of Baptist Pastor    10.28.14

CSW is calling for a full investigation and charges to be brought against those responsible for the attempted murder of Baptist Pastor Marcelo Nieva in Río Tercero... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKCUBA | Baptist Pastor’s Wife Arrested    10.21.14

Yoaxis Marcheco Suarez, wife of Cuban Baptist pastor and religious freedom activist Rev. Mario Felix Lleonart Barroso, was arrested in the town of Remedios... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKIRAN | Three Christians Face Six Year Sentences    10.20.14

CSW learned Pastors Behnam Irani and Matthias Haghnejad, and Deacon Silas Rabbani, who previously had capital charges against them dropped, have each been given six-year sentences... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKCAR | Clergy Targeted for Kidnapping    10.20.14

CSW is concerned at the ongoing targeting of clergy for kidnapping in the Central African Republic following reports a Polish Catholic missionary was kidnapped... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKPAKISTAN | Supreme Court Asked to Expedite Asiya Bibi Hearing    10.17.14

CSW calls on the Supreme Court of Pakistan to expedite a hearing in the case of Asiya Bibi, following the ruling on Oct. 16 ... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKMEXICO | Increase in Attacks on Roman Catholic Priests    10.16.14

Attacks on Roman Catholic priests in Mexico have increased by 80% over the past two years, according to a new report released by the Mexican... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKVIETNAM | Police Officer Arrested in Church Elder’s Death    10.16.14

A police officer involved in the death in police custody of Vietnamese church elder Hoang Van Ngai on March 17, 2013 was arrested... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKCUBA | Baptist Pastor Threatened with Criminal Charges    10.16.14

Cuban Baptist pastor and religious freedom activist Rev. Mario Felix Lleonart Barroso received official notice that he may face criminal charges if he does not break ties with “counter-revolutionary elements”... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKLAOS | Christians Released, Pastor Still Detained    10.14.14

Six Protestant Christians, who were arrested Sept. 28 by local authorities in Savannakhet province, Laos, after a religious meeting, were released from detention ... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKNEPAL | Commitment to Guarantee Religious Freedom Welcomed    10.8.14

CSW welcomes the Prime Minister of Nepal Sushil Koirala’s stated commitment to guarantee religious freedom in the forthcoming constitution, a pledge included in his message to Muslims and people of other faiths ... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKIRAN | Capital Charges Faced by Three Christians Dropped    10.2.14

CSW has learned that Pastor Matthias Haghnejad, Pastor Behnam Irani and Deacon Silas Rabbani from the Church of Iran denomination, who were facing capital charges that now appear to have been dropped... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKLAOS | Christians Arrested for Religious Meeting    9.30.14

Local authorities in Savannakhet province, Laos, arrested seven Protestant Christians after they held a religious meeting Sept. 29... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKEGYPT | Investigation Called for into Violent Police Raid    9.26.14

CSW is calling on the Egyptian Ministry of the Interior to launch an urgent and transparent investigation into raids conducted by police in Al-Minya on Sept. 23... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKINDIA | US Urged Not to Sideline Concerns of Religious Minorities    9.26.14

CSW is urging the US government to ensure that the concerns of India’s religious minorities are not sidelined in discussions with the Indian Prime Minister... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKSUDAN | UN Independent Expert Calls For Inquiry    9.25.14

The UN Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in the Sudan, Mashood Baderin, called for an independent judicial enquiry into the government crackdown of September 2013, which left at least 200 protesters dead... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKSUDAN | Meriam Ibrahim’s Lawyers to Make Constitutional Challenge    9.19.14

CSW learned the lawyers who represented Meriam Ibrahim, whose conviction for apostasy and adultery was overturned by the Appeal Court on June 23, are currently defending the case at the Supreme Court... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKPAKISTAN | Compensation Called For Near Church Bombing Anniversary    9.19.14

CSW is calling on the Pakistani government to fulfill its pledge to compensate the victims of the attack on All Saints Church in Peshawar, ahead of the anniversary... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKNIGERIA | Terror Attacks in Three States    9.18.14

Fifteen people were killed and 34 injured Sept. 17 when suspected members of the Islamist terror group Boko Haram launched a gun and bomb attack on the Federal College of Education... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKERITREA | CSW Calls for Compliance with African Commission Rulings    9.18.14

CSW is calling for international pressure on the government of Eritrea to ensure it complies with rulings passed by the African Commission calling for prominent politicians and journalists who have been detained incommunicado for the last 13 years to be released... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKCOLOMBIA | Court Upholds Right to Conscientious Objection    9.17.14

The Colombian Constitutional Court upheld the right to conscientious objection, freedom of worship and religious freedom on Sept. 16 in the case of Jhonatan David Vargas Becerra, who was forcibly inducted into the military... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKCHINA | Two More Nanle Church Detainees Sentenced    9.16.14

Two more detainees from Nanle County Christian Church, Henan Province, who were detained in November 2013 after a group of church members attempted to petition a higher authority about a land dispute involving the church, were found guilty... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKMEXICO | Hidalgo State Official Defends Religious Freedom Violations    9.8.14

An official in the Hidalgo state government made public statements defending religious freedom violations, including barring children from attending primary school... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKIRAN | Christian Converts Charged with Capital Offenses    9.5.14

CSW received reports that two more Iranian Christians from the Church of Iran denomination have been charged with “spreading corruption on earth”... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKIRAN | Pastor Irani Faces 18 New Charges    9.3.14

CSW learned Iranian pastor, Behnam Irani, is being held in solitary confinement and is facing 18 new charges, including “spreading corruption on Earth"... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKNIGERIA | Boko Haram Overruns Town, Imposes Rule    8.22.14

Islamist terrorist group Boko Haram reportedly overran the headquarters of Gujba Local Government Area in Yobe State and is imposing its religious strictures... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKCHINA | Pastor Zhang Shaojie Loses Appeal    8.22.14

Chinese Pastor Zhang Shaojie, who was sentenced to 12 years in prison and fined approximately $15,500 for fraud and “gathering a crowd to disturb public order” on July 4, lost his appeal... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKINDIA | Church of England, Partners Observe Kandhamal Day    8.21.14

The Church of England and its Ecumenical partners will be observing Kandhamal Day on Aug. 25 to mark the sixth anniversary of communal violence... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKIRAN | Pastor Pressured for False Confession    8.20.14

CSW learned that Pastor Abdolreza “Matthias” Ali-Haghnejad, who faces charges of “Moharebeh” (warring against God), was briefly held in solitary confinement... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKCHINA | Rights Lawyer Unable to Access Medical Care    8.14.14

Chinese human rights lawyer, Gao Zhisheng, who was released from prison Aug. 7, is suffering from a “broad range of physical and mental health problems”... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKNEPAL | Briefing Highlights Concerns Over Proposed Anti-Conversion Clauses    8.11.14

A new briefing on freedom of religion or belief in Nepal, published by CSW, expresses concern about a proposed anti-conversion clause... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKNIGERIA | Gwoza Residents Await Assistance in the Hills    8.8.14

CSW was informed residents of Gwoza in northeastern Nigeria are still hiding in nearby hills after their town was overrun by militants from the Islamist terror groupree bomb attacks that rocked the capital of Kano State in northern Nigeria within a 24-hour period... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKTURKEY | Prominent Human Rights Activist Dead; Others Receive Threats     8.8.14

Turkish Police announced the results of an autopsy on prominent Iranian human rights activist Seyed Jamal Hosseini (Esfandiar Baharmas), who died Aug. 4... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKCHINA | Human Rights Lawyer Released    8.7.14

Chinese human rights lawyer, Gao Zhisheng, was released today and is with his brother, Gao Zhiyi, according to unconfirmed... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKCUBA | Religious Freedom Violations Continue to Rise    8.7.14

CSW released a new report on religious freedom in Cuba, which shows the number of documented violations of religious freedom almost doubled... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKLAOS | Christians Found Not Guilty Of Murder, Remain Detained       8.6.14

Five Christians accused of the murder of a Christian convert in Savannakhet province, Laos, were found “not guilty,” according to the non-profit advocacy organization ... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKIRAN | Pastor Charged With “War Against God”    8.5.14

CSW was informed that Matthias Haghnejad, a pastor from the Church of Iran denomination, was charged with “Moharebeh,” enmity against God... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKCHINA | Buddhist Leader, Followers Detained, Homes Searched    8.5.14

Chinese Buddhist leader Wu Zeheng (also known as Shi Xingwu) and approximately 18 of his followers remain in detention after police searched residences at Yinshi Yayuan complex in Zhuhai City... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKNIGERIA | Gunmen Attack Catholic Church     8.4.14

At least one person is confirmed dead and several others injured when Fulani gunmen attacked a church service in the southern part of Kaduna State... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKNIGERIA | Boko Haram Destroys Churches; Bombs Mosques     8.1.14

At least eight people have died in three bomb attacks that rocked the capital of Kano State in northern Nigeria within a 24-hour period... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKMEXICO | Protestants in Palenque Threatened     8.1.14

Protestant Christians in Chiapas, who have been targeted by threats and physical attacks, are calling on state and federal government officials to protect... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKVIETNAM | UN Expert Finds “Serious Violations” During Visit    7.31.14

CSW condemns the surveillance and intimidation of witnesses by police during the visit to Vietnam of the UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKBURMA | Secretary Urged to Raise Religious Freedom Violations on Trip     7.31.14

Members of the US-based International Religious Freedom Roundtable, a multi-faith informal group of organizations and individuals advocating for freedom of religion or belief, have written to US Secretary of State John Kerry... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKNIGERIA | Kano Bomb Attacks Claim Eight Lives    7.28.14

At least eight people have died in three bomb attacks that rocked the capital of Kano State in northern Nigeria within a 24-hour period... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKCHINA | Concerns Raised About Church Demolitions     7.28.14

CSW is concerned about ongoing church demolitions and removal of religious symbols in Zhejiang Province, amid growing reports of the use of extra-judicial... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKNORTH KOREA | Pope Francis Urged to Highlight North Koreans Suffering     7.25.14

CSW today urged Pope Francis to highlight the suffering of the people of North Korea during his Papal visit to South Korea next month ... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKSUDAN | Meriam Ibrahim Arrives in Italy    7.24.14

Meriam Ibrahim and her family arrived safely in Italy after criminal charges against her and her husband were dismissed and they were permitted to leave Sudan... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKNIGERIA | Kaduna State Capital Explosions Claim 70 Lives    7.24.14

A 24-hour curfew, imposed on the Kaduna State capital after separate explosions targeting a prominent Sufi Sheikh and a former military leader on July 23 left at least 70 people dead, has been lifted... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKINDONESIA | President-Elect Asked to Address Rising Religious Intolerance    7.23.14

CSW today called on Indonesian President-elect Joko Widodo and his new government to make it a priority to address rising religious intolerance... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKVIETNAM | UN Special Rapporteur Visits Vietnam    7.21.14

As the United Nations Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief, Heiner Bielefeldt, visits Vietnam from July 21-31, CSW recommends he demand full access to all parts of the country and all religious communities... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKCHINA | Human Rights Lawyer to be Released    7.18.14

Prison authorities told the family of Chinese human rights lawyer, Gao Zhisheng, he will be released Aug. 7, according to his wife... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKSUDAN | Appeal Challenging Meriam Ibrahim’s Acquittal Lodged    7.18.14

CSW learned Meriam Ibrahim’s alleged family has lodged an appeal to the Sudanese Supreme Court, challenging the Court of Appeal decision to quash her death sentence for apostasy... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKSUDAN | Policy Denying New Permits to Build Churches Reaffirmed    7.16.14

The Sudanese Minister for Guidance and Religious Endowments reaffirmed July 12 that the government will not issue permits for the building of new churches... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKCHINA | Two Nanle Church Detainees Released; Pastor Sentenced    7.9.14

Two more detainees from Nanle County Christian Church, Henan Province, who were detained Nov. 15, 2013, were released July 5... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKCAR | Seleka Attack Church Compound Sheltering Displaced Civilians    7.8.14

At least 20 people were killed and 22 injured when Seleka fighters and armed Muslim civilians attacked St. Joseph's Catholic Cathedral in Bambari City... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKIRAN | Iranian Security Forces Arrest Christian Converts    7.8.14

Iranian Christians Mohammad Roghangir, Suroush Saraie and Pastor Matthias Haghnejad were arrested by security forces at the pastor’s home in Bandar-Anzali... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKCUBA | Government Demolishes House Church    7.4.14

Cuban government agents, including state security and Cuban Communist Party officials, destroyed the home of Pastor Esmir Torreblanca in the eastern city... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKCHINA | Pastor Zhang Shaojie Sentenced to 12 Years    7.4.14

Pastor Zhang Shaojie of Nanle Country Christian Church, Henan Province, was sentenced to 12 years in prison for fraud... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKSUDAN | Authorities Demolish Church Building, Mosque Left Standing    7.2.14

Sudanese authorities demolished the Church of Christ in Thiba Al Hamyida, North Khartoum on June 30, after giving the church’s leaders 24 hour notice... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKLAOS | Deceased Christian’s Friend Pressured to Recant     7.2.14

On June 29, days after the authorities accused five Christians in Savannakhet province, Laos, of murdering Christian convert Mrs. Chan, the friend who introduced Chan to the Christian faith was pressured to recant... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKNIGERIA | Breakthrough in Chibok Abductions After Week Marked by Violence    7.1.14

The Nigerian military announced the arrest of a key figure in the abduction of over 200 girls from a school in Chibok, southern Borno State on April 14 and the disruption of a Boko Haram terrorist cell... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKLAOS | Funeral Disrupted, Christians Charged With Murder     6.30.14

Five Christians in Savannakhet province, Laos, have been accused of the murder of a Christian convert... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKSUDAN | Meriam Ibrahim, Family Released on Bail     6.27.14

Meriam Ibrahim and her family were released from police custody on bail June 26 at 10 p.m. local time... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKERITREA | UN Establishes Commission of Inquiry    6.27.14

Human Rights Concern Eritrea and CSW warmly welcome the establishment of an UN Commission of Inquiry on the human rights situation... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKSUDAN | Meriam Ibrahim to be Released on Bail    6.26.14

CSW was informed Meriam Ibrahim and her family are to be released from police custody on bail today... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKIRAN | Pastor Irani Returned to Prison    6.26.14

CSW has learned Pastor Behnam Irani, the Church of Iran leader who was assaulted and transferred to a previously unknown location on June 7, has been returned to Ghezal Hesar Prison... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKVIETNAM | Christian Students Beaten, Temporarily Detained    6.25.14

Seventy-six Christians from a Mennonite church in Binh Duong Province, just north of Ho Chi Minh City, were kicked, punched and detained by police... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKSUDAN | Meriam Ibrahim Detained    6.25.14

Meriam Ibrahim, the Sudanese Christian woman whose sentences of death for apostasy and 100 lashes for adultery were quashed on June 23, is still being detained by the Sudanese authorities... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKCUBA | Rev. Lleonart Barroso Temporarily Detained, Computer Confiscated    6.24.14

Religious freedom activists Rev. Mario Felix Lleonart Barroso and his wife Yoaxis Marcheco Suarez were temporarily detained by Cuban police... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKPAKISTAN | CSW Welcomes Judgment for Better Protection for Minorities    6.24.14

CSW welcomes the judgment of the Apex Court in Pakistan, handed down June 19, which has ruled in favor of protecting the freedom of Pakistan’s religious minorities... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKSUDAN | Meriam Ibrahim Released, Lawyers Receive Death Threats    6.23.14

CSW confirms the appeal court reviewing the case of Meriam Ibrahim, the Sudanese Christian woman who was sentenced to death for apostasy and 100 lashes for adultery on May 11, has quashed the original verdict, ordered her release, recognized her marriage... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKCHINA | Three Nanle Church Members Released, Six Still Detained     6.19.14

Three members of Nanle County Christian Church detained since November 2013 were released on June 11, according to reports... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKMEXICO | Displaced Protestants Seek Government Help    6.16.14

A group of forcibly displaced Protestant Christians continue to call on Mexican government officials to address their case one year after their attempt to return home was met with extreme violence... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKNIGERIA | Action Requested to End “Boko Haram-Led Pogroms"     6.12.14

Concerned leaders of ethnic nationalities of Borno South Senatorial District have issued a statement highlighting the “Boko Haram-led pogroms”... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKBURMA | Religious Conversion Law Threatens Religious Freedom     6.12.14

Over 80 organizations from civil society worldwide call on Burma to scrap proposed legislation that would unlawfully restrict the right to freely choose a religion... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKKENYA | Chairman of the Council of Imams and Preachers Murdered     6.12.14

Sheikh Mohammed Idris, chairman of the Council of Imams and Preachers and previous leader of Mombasa's Sakina Mosque, was assassinated by unknown gunmen ... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKIRAN | Pastor Irani Beaten In Prison, Taken to Unknown Location    6.9.14

CSW has learned that Pastor Behnam Irani, who was sentenced in 2011 to six years imprisonment on political charges, was beaten in prison and transferred... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKBURMA | Organizations Worldwide Call For Peace Action on Anniversary    6.9.14

Three years ago today, the Burma Army broke a 17-year ceasefire with the Kachin Independence Army and unleashed a major new military offensive... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKNEPAL | CSW Concerned By Calls to Ban Religious Conversions    6.5.14

CSW is concerned by reports that Bhagat Singh Koshiyari, the Vice Chairman of the Indian Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), has called for a total legal ban on conversions from one faith to another... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKNIGERIA | Boko Haram Targets Christian Communities     6.4.14

Christian communities in the Gwoza Local Government Area of Borno State, northeast Nigeria are under sustained attack from the Islamist terror group, Boko Haram... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKCHINA | CSW Calls on Chinese Government to Respect Citizens' Rights    6.2.14

Ahead of the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre, CSW calls upon the Chinese government to respect the rights of its citizens... READ THIS STORY