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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


Image courtesy of CSW-UKVIETNAM | Government Urged to Investigate Alleged Threats    4.28.16

The Vietnamese government was urged to investigate allegations that activist Tran Thi Hong was tortured... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKINDIA | Church Attacked, Pastor Doused in Gasoline    4.22.16

A pastor and his wife were doused in gasoline during an attack on their church in Karanji Village, Chattisgarh State... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKTURKEY | New Report Warns of Declining Democratic Principles    4.21.16

CSW latest report on freedom of religion or belief in Turkey urges the Turkish government to act to address the increasing polarization... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKCHINA | Catholic Priests Missing; Woman Buried Alive    4.19.16

Father Yang Jianwei went missing in Hebei Province, China on April 15, the third Catholic priest to have disappeared and suspected to be detained... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKSUDAN | Church Facing Relentless Official Interference    4.14.16

The Sudan Evangelical Presbyterian Church is facing interference in its internal affairs from the government ministry responsible for religious affairs... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKVIETNAM | Security Agents Assault Hoa Hao Buddhists    4.14.16

At least 14 Hoa Hao Buddhists in Vietnam, including one disabled person, were assaulted by security agents... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKCUBA | Government Demolishes Apostolic Movement Church    4.14.16

Cuban government officials demolished the Strong Winds Ministry Church in Las Tunas, eastern Cuba on April 9 and threatened... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKNIGERIA | Villages Under Siege by Fulani Herders    4.7.16

Over 10 villages in northern Nigeria remain under siege by armed Fulani herders weeks after security forces deployed... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKBURMA | Government Called to Act to End Rohingya Crisis    4.6.16

Members of the European Burma Network call upon the new government of Burma to act swiftly to start to address the Rohingya crisis... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKCHINA | Pastor Under Surveillance, Lawyer Denied Passport    4.4.16

Pastor Gu Yuese, who publicly opposed forced cross removals from churches in Zhejiang Province, was released from detention... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKNIGERIA | Abducted Clergyman Found Dead    4.1.16

The body of a clergyman abducted in Kaduna State along with two colleagues was found in the bush one day after the body... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKPAKISTAN | Government Leaves Blasphemy Laws Unchanged    4.1.16

Pakistan’s government succumbed to seven out of 10 demands made by Mumtaz Qadri supporters, who have been protesting... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKSUDAN | Clergymen Made to Report to National Security    3.30.16

CSW learned that two senior clergymen and a lay member of the Sudan Church of Christ (SCC) are obliged to report daily... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKPAKISTAN | Dozens Killed in Suicide Attack Targeting Christians    3.29.16

A suicide bomb attack targeting the Christian community in Pakistan on Easter Sunday killed over 72 people... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKCAR | International Community Urged to Support New President    3.23.16

The United Nations Independent Expert on the Central African Republic (CAR), Marie-Thérèse Keita-Bocoum called on the international community to continue supporting the country... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKCHINA | Human Rights Lawyer Released    3.23.16

Chinese human rights lawyer and religious freedom defender Zhang Kai was released March 23... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKCUBA | Baptist Pastor Arrested, Wife Under House Arrest    3.21.16

Baptist pastor and prominent religious freedom activist, Rev. Mario Felix Lleonart Barroso, was arrested March 20 by Cuban state security agents... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKBURMA | Government Urged to Promote Freedom of Religion or Belief for All    3.17.16

In a joint statement with Jubilee Campaign at the United Nations Human Rights Council on March 17, CSW urged the government of Burma to repeal or amend the 1982 Citizenship Law... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKNORTH KOREA | UN Expert Wants Regime Held Accountable    3.16.16

In his last report to the UN Human Rights Council on March 14, the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Marzuki Darusman, said repression in the country continues “unabated”... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKPAKISTAN | CSW Calls for Investigation on Bombing Anniversary    3.15.16

One year after the bombings of St John’s Church and Christ Church, that killed 15 and injured 70, CSW is calling for a full, impartial investigation... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKMEXICO | Religious Freedom Violations Prompt Forum    3.15.16

CSW supports an initiative by the Mexican National Council for Religious Tolerance to host a forum on “Religious Persecution and its Challenges”... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKNIGERIA | Another Abducted Girl Rescued    3.8.16

Patience Paul, a minor abducted in Sokoto State in 2015, forcibly converted and “married,” was rescued and returned... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKPAKISTAN | Religious Heritage Sites Face Demolition    3.7.16

A number of religious heritage sites are to be demolished to make way for the Orange Line Metro Train project in Lahore... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKCUBA | CSW Marks Ongoing Struggle of Ladies in White    3.7.16

CSW is marking the ongoing struggle and enduring courage of Cuba’s Ladies in White ahead of International Women’s Day... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKSUDAN | Ministry of Justice Withdraws Apostasy Case     3.3.16

CSW learned the Sudanese Ministry of Justice withdrew the case against 25 Muslims, who were due to stand trial for apostasy ... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKNIGERIA | Abducted Girl Returns    3.3.16

A minor, allegedly abducted from her home state in southern Nigeria and transported to a northern state seven months ago, was reunited with her mother... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKCOLOMBIA | Religious Freedom Violations Continue   3.1.16

A new report by CSW highlights ongoing violations of freedom of religion or belief in Colombia... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKCHINA | Christian Couple Sentenced, Lawyer Criminally Detained    3.1.16

On Feb. 25, Pastor Bao Guohua and his wife Xing Wenxiang were convicted of the criminal charges of “corruption”... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKNIGERIA | Government Orders Investigation into Killings    3.1.16

The Nigerian government ordered an investigation into ongoing violence in Benue State that surged in the wake of the Senate election re-run... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKCHINA | Lawyer “Confesses” to Breaking Law    2.25.16

According to Chinese state media reports, rights lawyer Zhang Kai, who has been detained since Aug. 25, gave a televised “confession”... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKCUBA | Reverend Threatened with Arrest    2.24.16

Rev. Alain Toledano, who leads the Emanuel Church which was demolished Feb. 5, has been threatened... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKMEXICO | Water, Electricity Restored After Two Years    2.23.16

Twenty-seven families in the state of Chiapas will have access to water and electricity restored two years after local authorities agreed to respect religious... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKNORTH KOREA | Regime Must Face International Court    2.22.16

Two years after a UN Commission of Inquiry recommended that the North Korean regime be referred to the International Criminal Court... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKPAKISTAN | Sindh Assembly Passes Hindu Marriage Bill    2.18.16

On Feb. 8, the Sindh Assembly became the first province in Pakistan to approve the Sindh Hindus Marriage Bill 2016... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKEGYPT | Coptic Students Charged with Contempt of Religion    2.17.16

Four Coptic students from Bani Mazar in the Minya province of Upper Egypt were charged with contempt of religion... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKCUBA | Church Demolished, Hundreds Arrested    2.9.16

Emanuel Church, a large church in eastern Cuba affiliated to the Apostolic Movement, an unregistered Protestant denomination, was demolished... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKCHINA | Second Church Leader Detained    2.8.16

Li Guanzhong, a registered church pastor and China Christian Council official, was placed under criminal detention... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKMEXICO | Agreement Allows Displaced Protestants to Return    2.5.16

Chichiltepec Village officials signed an agreement this week which paved the way for two displaced Protestant men to return to their homes with guarantees... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKCHINA | Pastor Detained After Opposing Cross Removals    2.2.16

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


Image courtesy of CSW-UKEGYPT | Writer Sentenced to Imprisonment for Contempt of Religion    1.29.16

Fatima Naaot, a prominent Egyptian writer, poet and broadcaster, was found guilty of "insulting Islam" and sentenced to three years... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKMEXICO | Twenty Protestant Families Forcibly Displaced    1.29.16

Twenty Protestant families were forcibly displaced from their homes Jan. 26 in Tuxpan de Bolaños, Bolaños municipality in the state of Jalisco... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKPAKISTAN | Inquiry Called for in Christian’s Death    1.28.16

Christian Solidarity Worldwide is calling for an inquiry and charges to be brought against those responsible for the death of Liaqat Masih... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKCHINA | Pastor Formally Arrested, Another Dismissed    1.27.16

Pastor Yang Hua of Living Stone Church in Guiyang, Guizhou Province was formally arrested... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKSUDAN | Church Minister Released, Another Remains Detained    1.22.16

CSW learned that Rev. Kwa Shamal of the Sudan Church of Christ, who was arrested by National Intelligence and Security Service officers in December, was unconditionally released... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKCHINA | More Lawyers, Activists Formally Arrested as Crackdown Intensifies    1.21.16

At least 15 Chinese human rights lawyers and activists were formally arrested on suspicion of “subversion of state power” or ... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKCUBA | Unprecedented Crackdown Drives Spike in Violations    1.18.16

An unprecedented crackdown on churches across the denominational spectrum in Cuba in 2015 fueled a spike in reported violations of freedom... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKCHINA | Christian Activist Formally Arrested    1.15.16

Chinese church leader and activist Hu Shigen was formally arrested Jan. 8 after nearly six months in detention... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKCHINA | Human Rights Lawyers Arrested Following Crackdown    1.13.16

At least six Chinese human rights lawyers and their colleagues were formally arrested on suspicion of charges relating to “subversion of state power,” six months... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKCUBA | Churches Demolished, Pastors Arrested    1.11.16

Two Protestant churches were demolished and at least three church leaders held incommunicado... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKMEXICO | Protestant Families Forcibly Displaced    1.8.16

Nine protestant families were forcibly displaced because of their religious beliefs from their village... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKSUDAN | Evangelical Church Minister Acquitted    1.5.16

CSW learned that Pastor Hafiz Mengisto, senior minister of the Khartoum Bahri Evangelical Church, was acquitted of obstructing a public servant... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKCUBA | Government Reverses Decision to Expropriate Church     12.22.15

National Communist Party officials in Cuba informed the Maranatha First Baptist Church, Holguin on Dec. 21 that the decision to expropriate the church property... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKIRAN | Pastor Farshid Fathi Malayeri Released From Prison    12.22.15

Assemblies of God leader, Farshid Fathi Malayeri, was released after five years spent in prison... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKSUDAN | Two Pastors, Activist Detained Incommunicado    12.22.15

CSW is concerned by the incommunicado detentions of religious leaders in Khartoum and Omdurman and a Christian activist... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKSUDAN | Muslims on Trial for Apostasy    12.21.15

CSW learned that 25 Muslims are on trial in Sudan, charged with... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKVIETNAM | Christian Activists Detained    12.16.15

Vietnamese Christian human rights lawyer Nguyen Van Dai was detained Dec. 16 while preparing to meet European Union delegates ... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKSUDAN | Religious Leader, Human Rights Defender Face Trial    12.16.15

CSW learned that Pastor Hafiz Mengisto, leader of the Khartoum Bahri Evangelical Church, and the church’s lawyer Mohaned Mustafa, are on trial ... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKVIETNAM | Christian Lawyer Assaulted After Human Rights Conference    12.9.15

Vietnamese Christian lawyer Nguyen Van Dai and three of his friends were assaulted by police Dec. 6 after attending a human rights conference... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKCUBA | Government Issues Church Demolitions Orders    12.1.15

CSW received reports that Cuban government officials issued an order to demolish all churches ... READ THIS STORY