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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CSW was informed that the six-year sentences handed down to three members of the Church of Iran denomination have been revoked...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-UKNIGERIA | Tensions Rise Following Mosque Bombing    12.2.14

The Kano State capital remains tense following a gun and suicide bomb attack on the Central Mosque by the Islamist terror group Boko Haram... 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


Image courtesy of CSW-UKCAR | Foreign Jihadis Implicated in Catholic Church Attack     5.30.14

Foreign jihadis have been implicated in an attack on Our Lady Fatima Catholic Church in the Km 5 district of Bangui, Central African Republic (CAR), on May 28 that left 18 people dead... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKNIGERIA | Over 70 Dead in Boko Haram Attacks     5.29.14

Over 70 people died this week in a series of attacks by members of the Islamist terror group Boko Haram on towns and villages in Borno and Yobe States... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKSUDAN | Meriam Yahia Ibrahim Gives Birth in Prison     5.27.14

Imprisoned Sudanese Christian Meriam Yahia Ibrahim gave birth to a baby girl five days early... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKERITREA | Anniversary of Government Crackdown on Churches Marked     5.23.14

CSW joined members of the Eritrean diaspora, the British Orthodox Church and four NGOs from the United Kingdom (UK) and Ireland May 22 in a protest vigil outside the Eritrean Embassy in London marking the 12th anniversary ... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKINDIA | Incoming Government Urged to Promote Freedom of Religion, Belief     5.23.14

CSW urges the incoming Indian government to adopt measures to ensure the promotion of Freedom of Religion or Belief for India’s diverse communities... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKSUDAN | Lawyers Appeal Meriam Ibrahim’s Death Sentence     5.22.14

CSW has learned that Meriam Yahia Ibrahim’s lawyers have lodged an appeal against the Public Order Court’s decision on May 11 to sentence Ibrahim to death... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKNIGERIA | Borno Attacks Following Jos Bombings     5.21.14

Boko Haram gunmen attacked two villages in southern Borno State on May 21, killing over 40 people... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKLAOS | Christians Still Detained In Savannakhet     5.20.14

Multiple sources informed CSW that 11 Christians detained in Savannakhet Province on May 11 remain in prison after being arrested for meeting in an unauthorized... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKMEXICO | “Ongoing, Systematic” Religious Freedom Violations in Chiapas     5.19.14

CSW has obtained firsthand evidence of ongoing and systematic large-scale violations of religious freedom in the state of Chiapas, Mexico, following a fact-finding... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKCHINA | Briefing Explores Tensions Behind Zhejiang Church Demolitions     5.16.14

A new briefing by CSW analyzes the context and possible reasons behind the demolition of churches and removal of religious symbols in Zhejiang, China and recommends consistent dialogue... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKSUDAN | Court Confirms Pregnant Woman’s Death Sentence     5.15.14

CSW learned that the Public Order Court in El Haj Yousif Khartoum, Sudan, confirmed Meriam Yahia Ibrahim’s death sentence for apostasy after she refused... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKIRAN | Christian Prisoners Beaten, Tortured     5.14.14

CSW was informed that Iranian Christian Silas Rabbani reported being tortured while in Gohardasht prison, while Amin Khaki, also a Christian... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKSUDAN | Pregnant Sudanese Woman Sentenced to Death for Apostasy     5.13.14

Meriam Yahia Ibrahim, a Christian mother in late term pregnancy, was sentenced to death for apostasy and 100 lashes for adultery by the Public Order Court... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKNIGERIA | Violence Erupts in Southern Kaduna     5.12.14

Violence erupted May 12 in Kachia Town, headquarters of Kachia Local Government Area in southern Kaduna, despite the imposition of a 24-hour curfew May 11 by the Kaduna State government... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKNIGERIA | Al-Azhar Mosque Condemns Abduction of School Girls     5.8.14

Sunni Islam's foremost authority, Egypt’s Al-Azhar Mosque, has condemned the activities of Boko Haram as un-Islamic and demanded the immediate release of at least 180 school girls abducted by the group... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKIRAN | Shahin Lahouti Returned to Prison     5.6.14

CSW has learned that musician Shahin Lahouti, a convert to Christianity, has been returned to prison after being released in December 2013... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKMEXICO | Village Authorities Cut Water Supply to Protestant Families     4.29.14

Local authorities in the village of Union Juarez, in the municipality of La Trinitaria, Mexico, met April 28 in a move to cut the water supply to additional families belonging to the Mount Tabor Evangelical Church... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKCHINA | New Trial Date for Pastor, Church Still Blocked     4.25.14

A new date of April 29 was set for the trial of Chinese Pastor Zhang Shaojie, who is accused of fraud and “gathering a crowd to disrupt public order”... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKIRAN | Farshid Fathi Among Beaten Prisoners     4.23.14

Evangelical church leader Farshid Fathi was among 30 prisoners who suffered injuries when guards and security agents assaulted inmates in Evin Prison, one of Iran’s most notorious jails... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKNIGERIA | Ongoing Concerns for Missing School Girls    4.17.14

There are ongoing concerns for the safety of 129 female students kidnapped from their school in Chibok in Borno State on April 14 by members of the Islamist terrorist... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKCHINA | Pastor Zhang Shaojie’s Trial Suspended Indefinitely    4.17.14

The trial of Chinese Pastor Zhang Shaojie began April 10 in Nanle County, Henan Province, but court proceedings were later suspended indefinitely... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKNIGERIA | Kaduna Church Hosts Local Peace Building Event    4.14.14

An Evangelical Church Winning All Church in Tudun Nupawa, Kaduna in Northern Nigeria held a “Friends Day Service” on Sun., April 13 as part of peace-building efforts... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKIRAN | Concerns Raised Over Treatment of Baha’i Community     4.11.14

Ayatollah Abdol-Hamid Masoumi-Tehrani, a senior Shi'a cleric, has given the Baha’i International Community a symbolic gift and raised concerns over... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKSYRIA | Elderly Dutch Priest Murdered     4.8.14

Father Frans van der Lugt, an elderly Jesuit priest, was murdered in the city of Homs April 7. There are conflicting reports on the circumstances surrounding... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKNIGERIA | 20 Dead in Mosque Attack     4.7.14

Around 20 people may have died when gunmen attacked a mosque in Buni Gari village in Yobe State, northeastern Nigeria, during the early hours of April 5... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKCHINA | Over 20 Protestors Beaten, Detained     4.4.14

More than half of the 40-plus supporters who have gathered in Heilongjiang Province in Northeast China to protest the detention of three human rights lawyers have been beaten... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKNIGERIA | Kafanchan Curfew Following Protests     4.3.14

A 24-hour curfew was imposed on Kafanchan, a major town in southern Kaduna State, on April 2 after local youth reacted angrily to the discovery by law enforcement agents of weaponry in a truck... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKIRAN | Prison Sentences for Six Christians Upheld     4.3.14

Six members of a group of eight Christians from Shiraz, who were sentenced to various prison terms last year, had their prison sentences upheld... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKPAKISTAN | Sawan Masih Appeals Blasphemy Death Sentence     4.2.14

Sawan Masih, a Pakistani Christian man convicted of blasphemy charges and sentenced to death on March 27, filed an appeal against his conviction in the Lahore... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKCHINA | Human Rights Lawyers Detained Under Cult Charges     3.28.14

Three Chinese human rights lawyers and an unknown number of other citizens remain in detention after being taken away by police on March 21 while visiting... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKNORTH KOREA | UN Human Rights Council Calls for Security Council Action     3.28.14

CSW welcomes the strong resolution on North Korea, passed March 28 by the United Nations Human Rights Council including a request for the UN Security to take action on North Korea's human... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKKENYA | Six Dead in Gun Attack on Church Near Mombasa     3.24.14

The death toll in a gun attack on March 23 on the Joy in Jesus Christ Church in Likoni, near the Kenyan port city of Mombasa, has risen to six... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKPAKISTAN | Group Captain Cecil Chaudhry Posthumously Honored     3.24.14

Group Captain (Rtd) Cecil Chaudhry was posthumously awarded the President's Award for Pride of Performance, one of the highest civil awards in Pakistan, by the President of Pakistan... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKCAR | CSW Urges Peacekeeping Force on Seleka Coup Anniversary     3.24.14

On the anniversary of the coup that brought the Seleka coalition to power in the Central African Republic (CAR), CSW is urging UN member states to ensure the Secretary General’s proposal for a significant increase in the number of peacekeepers... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKSYRIA | Abducted Maaloula Nuns Released in Prisoner Exchange     3.10.14

Thirteen Greek Orthodox nuns and their three helpers, who had been held by Syrian rebel forces since December 2013, were released in exchange for female... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKTURKEY | Malatya Case Suspects Released Under New Law     3.8.14

Five suspects on trial for torturing and killing three Christians in Malatya, Turkey in April 2007, were released on bail March 7, according to local news reports... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKMEXICO | Reparations Called for Victims of Religious Freedom Violations     3.7.14

CSW welcomes the report of the Oaxaca State Ombudsman’s Office, dated Jan. 28 but released last week, which confirmed serious religious freedom violations in the municipality of San Juan Ozolotepec... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKIRAN | Eight Christians Arrested, Interrogated     3.7.14

CSW has been informed that eight Iranian Christians were arrested and interrogated by security forces... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKINDONESIA | CSW Highlights Rising Religious Intolerance     3.4.14

Rising religious intolerance in Indonesia was highlighted at the European Parliament March 4 as CSW presented its new report... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKNIGERIA | Boko Haram Attacks Villages, Town in Adamawa State     2.27.14

Suspected Boko Haram gunmen attacked villages and a town in the Madagali and Michika Local Government Areas of Adamawa State in northeast Nigeria on Feb. 26... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKINDIA | CSW Briefing Outlines Religious Freedom Concerns     2.27.14

As India approaches its general election, expected to take place in May, CSW released a new briefing setting out an agenda of religious freedom concerns... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKMEXICO | Families Have Water, Electricity Disconnected     2.27.14

Twenty-five Protestant families had their water and electricity supplies disconnected and have effectively been put under house arrest in Mexico because of their refusal to participate in Traditionalist Catholic... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKCUBA | NGOS Urge EU to Adopt Benchmarks on Human Rights     2.26.14

The Europe Cuba Network, a group of 19 European non-governmental organizations, including CSW, has issued a statement calling on the European Union to adopt red-lines and clear benchmarks to measure progress in the area of human rights... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKNIGERIA | College Students Killed in Boko Haram Attack     2.26.14

At least 40 students were killed when suspected members of the Islamist terror group, Boko Haram, attacked the Federal Government College Buni-Yadi in Yobe State... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKCHINA | Henan Pastor’s Trial Date Postponed Indefinitely     2.25.14

Chinese Pastor Zhang Shaojie’s trial date, which had been set for Feb. 21, has been ‘indefinitely postponed’, according to lawyers quoted by China Aid... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKTANZANIA | Two Churches, Restaurant Bombed in Zanzibar     2.25.14

Bomb attacks on the island of Zanzibar targeted Christ Church Anglican Cathedral and a well-known restaurant on Feb. 24, and an Evangelistic Assemblies of God Tanzania church... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKINDONESIA | Interfaith Delegation Starts Week of Advocacy     2.24.14

An interfaith delegation from Indonesia, co-hosted by CSW and the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community UK, has begun a week of advocacy in the UK to coincide with this week’s launch of CSW’s new report... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKIRAN | Pastor Irani Recovering Following Operation     2.24.14

CSW has learned that Pastor Behnam Irani underwent surgery on Feb. 22 and is now recovering in Shahid Madani Hospital in Karaj... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKSUDAN | Authorities Destroy Church Building, Confiscate Land     2.21.14

Sudanese authorities demolished and confiscated a Sudanese Church of Christ building in the Ombada area of Omdurman on Feb. 17, according to reports... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKNIGERIA | At Least 200 Killed in Terrorist Violence     2.18.14

At least 200 people were killed in Borno and Adamawa States in the north east of Nigeria in a series of terrorist attacks on rural areas last week... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKNORTH KOREA | CSW Welcomes UN Inquiry’s Report, Urges Action     2.17.14

CSW welcomes the report of the United Nations Commission of Inquiry on human rights in North Korea, released today, and the inquiry’s conclusion that the regime in North Korea is committing crimes against humanity... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKCHINA | Christians Remain Detained Three Weeks After Raid     2.14.14

Protestant Pastor Xu Yonghai and 11 members of his church remain in detention three weeks after the Holy Love Fellowship house church was raided on Jan. 24... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKINDONESIA | New Report Warns of Growing Religious Intolerance     2.14.14

CSW’s new report on Indonesia, which will be launched Feb. 25 in the UK Parliament, warns: “Religious intolerance is no longer confined to areas such as West Java and Aceh, known to be particularly conservative, nor is it confined to Christians... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKPAKISTAN | Militants Issue Death Threats in Murder Case     2.11.14

CSW has received deeply concerning reports that several key people involved in the case against four militants accused of assassinating Shahbaz Bhatti... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKUSA | CSW to Testify Before US House Committee     2.11.14

CSW will give evidence before the US House of Representatives Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations on the persecution of Christians... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKNIGERIA | Boko Haram Kills Muslim Cleric, 11 Christians     2.3.14

A Muslim cleric from Kaduna State, his wife and child, and 11 Christians in Adamawa State, were murdered in separate attacks last weekend by members of the Islamist terror group Boko Haram... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKNIGERIA | Entire Family Murdered In Village Attack     1.31.14

A family of seven was murdered when armed Fulani tribesmen attacked a village in southern Kaduna State on Jan. 30... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKMEXICO | Government Urged To Intervene In Religious Conflicts     1.31.14

CSW is calling on the Mexican government to intervene in the religious conflicts that result in the forcible displacement of communities in the state of Chiapas... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKNIGERIA | 138 Killed in Weekend Terror Attacks     1.30.14

At least 138 people died on Jan. 26 in attacks by members of the Islamist terror group Boko Haram on villages in Adamawa and Borno States in north east Nigeria... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKINDONESIA | Atheist Released From Prison     1.30.14

Indonesian atheist Alexander Aan, who was sentenced to 2 ½ years’ imprisonment on June 15, 2012 under the nation’s blasphemy laws for publicly declaring himself an atheist on Facebook... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKCENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC | Pastor, Son Killed as Violence Erupts     1.29.14

Pastor Kongbo, treasurer of the Union des Eglises Baptistes, was killed Jan. 28 along with his son at their home by Seleka forces as violence erupted in the northern suburbs of the Central African Republic’s capital city Bangui... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKIRAN | Davoud Alijani Released Early From Prison     1.29.14

Davoud Alijani, a leader in the Assemblies of God church in Ahwaz, was released from Karoon Prison on Jan. 13, 20 days before his sentence was due to be completed... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKCUBA | Pastor Under House Arrest Following Detention     1.27.14

Rev. Mario Felix Lleonart Barroso, a Baptist pastor, was arrested and detained by political police and state security agents in central Cuba on Jan. 25... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKCHINA | Trial Postponed For Protestant Pastor     1.27.14

CSW has learned the trial date for detained Protestant Pastor Zhang Shaojie, originally scheduled for Jan. 28, has been rescheduled for Feb. 12... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKEGYPT | CSW Encourages Constitutional Human Rights Provisions     1.24.14

As Egyptians prepare to celebrate the third anniversary of the 25 January Revolution, CSW welcomes provisions in the new constitution upholding equal citizenship and international human rights statutes... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKCENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC | UN Human Rights Council to Discuss Killings     1.16.14

The UN Human Rights Council has announced it will be holding a special session on Jan. 20 to discuss the human rights situation in the Central African Republic... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKCHINA | Pastor Zhang Shaojie Finally Charged, Allowed Access to Lawyer     1.16.14

On Jan. 15, Protestant Pastor Zhang Shaojie’s lawyer was able to visit him, two months after he was first detained... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKVIETNAM | Campaign Calls for ‘Specific Milestones’ to End Torture     1.16.14

CSW welcomes the launch today of a report by the Campaign to Abolish Torture in Vietnam... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKEGYPT | Prayer Called for as Egyptians Vote in Referendum     1.15.14

As Egyptians began two days of voting in a referendum on a new constitution, the General Bishop of the Coptic Orthodox Church in the UK issued a call for three days of prayer for peace... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKCUBA | Religious Freedom Violations Increased in 2013     1.9.14

CSW has renewed its call for Cuban leader Raul Castro to ensure that significant improvements are made in upholding religious freedom in 2014. Research showed a steady increase... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKSUDAN | Three Years Pass with No Abyei Official Referendum     1.8.14

CSW is echoing the plea of an Abyei Elder for the future of the region not to be forgotten, ahead of the third anniversary of the delayed referendum... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKCHINA | Harassment of Lawyers, Church Members Christmas Week     1.3.14

Church members, lawyers and Christians visiting the family of detained Protestant Pastor Zhang Shaojie were beaten, harassed and detained by “hired thugs”, police and government agencies in December... READ THIS STORY