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Image courtesy of CSW-UKCHINA | Christians, Lawyers Oppose Ongoing Cross Removal     7.29.15

Catholic and Protestant church leaders, lay Christians and human rights lawyers spoke out publicly about the ongoing government campaign to demolish churches and forcibly remove crosses... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKSUDAN | Defense Submits Closing Statement in Pastors’ Trial    7.23.15

The defense team of South Sudanese clergymen Rev. Yat Michael and Rev. Peter Reith submitted their written closing arguments, as requested by the judge... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKCHINA | International Community Expresses Concern Over Detained Lawyers 7.20.15

The international community has expressed its concern regarding the detention of over 200 lawyers and activists in China... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKNIGERIA | At Least 64 Dead in Terrorist Attack    7.17.15

At least 64 people died and an estimated 70 were injured when two female suicide bombers targeted an open air prayer ground in the capital... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKSUDAN | Christian Women Convicted Of Public Indecency    7.16.15

Two Christian women were found guilty of indecent or immoral dress under Article 152 of the Sudanese Criminal Code ... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKNIGERIA | Attacks Averted in Plateau State, Continue in Borno    7.16.15

Three suspected members of Islamist terror group Boko Haram were arrested in Nigeria’s Plateau State after their behavior aroused the suspicion... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKMEXICO | Protestant Christians Released    7.16.15

Two Protestants were released from prison July 10 and local authorities promised to respect religious freedom after state authorities intervened... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKSUDAN | Defense Closes Case in Pastors’ Trial    7.14.15

The defense team in the trial of South Sudanese pastors Rev. Yat Michael and Rev. Peter Reith closed their case on July 14 after presenting two witnesses... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKCOLOMBIA | Protestant Delegation Visits U.S.     7.13.15

A delegation of Colombian Protestants is visiting U.S. policymakers in Washington, D.C. this week to raise concerns about ongoing violations... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKCHINA | Unprecedented Detentions, Disappearances of Lawyers, Activists    7.13.15

Over 100 human right lawyers and activists have been detained, interrogated and forcibly disappeared across China since July 10... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKNEPAL | CSW Concerned About Proposed Anti-Conversion Clauses    7.13.15

CSW is concerned about a proposed anti-conversion clause in the new draft constitution presently under consideration in Nepal’s Constituent Assembly... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKVIETNAM | Joint Political Statement Acknowledges Human Rights Concerns    7.9.15

U.S. President Barack Obama and Vietnam's Communist Party leader, Nguyen Phu Trong, approved a joint statement about the “deepening” partnership between the two countries... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKNIGERIA | Violence Claims at Least 34 Lives    7.9.15

Boko Haram continued its campaign of terror in northern and central Nigeria, with attacks in Kaduna, Bauchi and Borno States that claimed... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKMEXICO | Five Protestants Imprisoned    7.9.15

Five Protestants were imprisoned by local authorities in the village of Tzetelton on July 7 because of their conversion to Protestantism... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKNIGERIA | Attacks Claim at Least 80 Lives    7.6.15

A church, restaurant and mosque were targeted in attacks by Boko Haram in Yobe and Plateau States... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKERITREA | CSW Welcomes Resolution Adoption    7.3.15

CSW welcomes the adoption of a resolution by the United Nations Human Rights Council, which extends the mandates of the Commission of Inquiry... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKMEXICO | Elderly Nuns Violently Attacked    7.3.15

Three elderly nuns were tied up, gagged and assaulted by unknown assailants in their parish home in Matias Romero municipality... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKSUDAN | Judge to Proceed with Pastor Trial    7.2.15

The trial judge in the case of two South Sudanese pastors decided July 2 that their case will proceed and their lawyers will have to contest... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKSUDAN | Women Arrested After Leaving Church     7.1.15

Twelve women, reportedly aged between 18 and 23, were arrested on public indecency charges June 25 ... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKCUBA | Government Continues Church Crackdown    6.29.15

Rev. Yiorvis Bravo, a national leader of the Apostolic Movement in Cuba, was banned from travelling as the government continues to target church properties ... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKSUDAN | Prosecution Closes Case in Trial    6.26.15

The prosecution in the trial of South Sudanese pastors Rev. Yat Michael and Rev. Peter Reith closed its case June 25 after presenting... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKMEXICO | Land Seized from Protestant Families    6.24.15

CSW is calling on the Chiapas State Governor to take urgent action to protect the rights of 30 Protestant families whose land was confiscated... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKNORTH KOREA | CSW Welcomes New UN Human Rights Office    6.22.15

CSW welcomes the establishment of a new UN Human Rights Office in Seoul, South Korea, which will focus on the human rights situation... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKSUDAN | Prison Conditions a Concern During Trial    6.16.15

South Sudanese pastors Yat Michael and Peter Reith are being held in separate cells in Kober Prison and are chained on a daily basis ... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKMEXICO | Village Authorities Cut Water, Sewage Services    6.16.15

Village leaders cut the water supply and sewage services to 30 Protestant families in Mariano Matamoros, Venustiano Carranza municipality, Chiapas State... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKCHINA | Ongoing Violations Contradict Human Rights Progress Report    6.11.15

China’s Office of the State Council issued a white paper praising the “tremendous achievements China has made in its human rights endeavors in 2014. However, recent and ongoing human rights violations contradict... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKEGYPT | Expelled Coptic Families Return Home    6.9.15

A group of five Coptic families from the village of Kafr Darwish in Upper Egypt returned to their homes June 2 after they were expelled”... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKERITREA | Commission Report Alleges Possible Crimes Against Humanity    6.8.15

CSW welcomes the report of the United Nations Commission of Inquiry on human rights in Eritrea and commends its finding that some of the “systematic, widespread and gross human rights violations”... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKSUDAN | Pastors Moved to High Security Prison    6.8.15

South Sudanese pastors Rev. Yat Michael and Rev. Peter Reith, who are facing serious criminal charges in Sudan, were moved to Kober Prison in North Khartoum last week... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKBURMA | Democracy Activist Sentenced to Two Years Imprisonment     6.5.15

CSW is concerned at reports that Htin Lin Oo, the former information officer of the National League for Democracy (NLD), was handed a two-year prison sentence... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKEGYPT | TV Presenter Sentenced to Prison for Contempt of Religion    6.2.15

Egyptian TV presenter Islam al-Beheiry was sentenced to five years in prison with labor for “contempt of religion.”... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKERITREA | Protest Marks 13 Years of Church Crackdown    5.29.15

CSW joined members of the Eritrean diaspora, the Eritrean Orthodox Church, Release Eritrea, Human Rights Concern-Eritrea and Church in Chains Ireland in a protest vigil outside the Eritrean Embassy in London ... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKSUDAN | Trial Begins for South Sudanese Clergymen    5.20.15

The trial of Rev. Yat Michael and Rev. Peter Reith, the South Sudanese clergymen facing six serious criminal charges, began May 19 at the Khartoum Bahri... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKCUBA | Request for Precautionary Measure Filed for Pastor    5.20.15

A Request for Precautionary Measures was filed with the Inter-American Human Rights Commission on behalf of Rev. Yiorvis Bravo Denis and members of the Apostolic Movement whose property has been arbitrarily confiscated... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKBURMA | Organizations Urge Ban Ki-Moon to Negotiate Aid Access    5.20.15

CSW joined 26 other international humanitarian aid and advocacy organizations as a signatory to a letter to the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, urging him to give his “personal attention” to the humanitarian crisis... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKBURMA | Action Urged on Stranded Rohingya Refugees    5.18.15

CSW called on the British government to press for EU Foreign Ministers meeting May 18 to discuss the case of Rohingya refugees currently stranded ... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKCUBA | Government Pressure Intensifies in Eastern Cuba    5.7.15

Registered and unregistered Protestant denominations in reported an intensification of government pressure on their organizations in recent weeks... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKSUDAN | Clergymen Brought Before Criminal Court    5.5.15

Two South Sudanese clergymen from the Presbyterian Evangelical Church (SSPEC), were brought before Khartoum Bahri Criminal Court... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKNIGERIA | Emir of Kano Orders Church Rebuilding    4.30.15

The Emir of Kano ordered the rebuilding of a Baptist church and pastor’s house in Rogo Local Government Area, Kano State, and warned against further attacks... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKMEXICO | Evidence Presented for Imprisoned, Forcibly Displaced Protestants    4.29.15

Court hearings, held by the State Commission for Human Rights and the Public Ministry, heard new evidence supporting the case of two men imprisoned... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKCHINA | More Crosses Removed from Zhejiang Churches    4.29.15

A year since the demolition of Sanjiang Church in China’s Zhejiang Province as part of a campaign by the provincial government, crosses are still being removed... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKLAOS | Five Christians File Appeal Against Conviction    4.27.15

Five Laotian Christians convicted of “performance of the medical profession without a license” after praying for a Christian convert confirmed they will appeal ... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKETHIOPIA | Christians Killed By Daesh    4.20.15

A video released April 19 purports to show the killing of a group of Ethiopian Christians by Daesh (Islamic State)... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKMEXICO | Court Hearing Planned For Imprisoned Protestants    4.20.15

A court hearing is planned for April 22 in the city of Huejutla los Reyes, Mexico, concerning the case of two men who were imprisoned... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKPAKISTAN | Boy Dies After Being Set on Fire    4.15.15

Noman Maish, the 13 year-old boy who was set alight by two men in Lahore, Pakistan, on April 10 after identifying himself as a Christian, has died... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKPAKISTAN | Boy Suffers Burns After Professing Faith    4.13.15

A 13 year-old boy sustained burns to 55 percent of his body after he identified himself as a Christian... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKNIGERIA | One Dead, Church Torched in Village Attack    4.8.15

A pastor's daughter died, several people were injured and a Baptist church was torched during an attack on a village in the Rogo Local Government Area... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKKENYA | Al Shabaab Attacks University    4.2.15

Al Shabaab, the Somali-based Islamist terror group, attacked Garissa Universtiy in northeast Kenya on April 2. At least 70 people were reportedly killed... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKCUBA | US Government Urged to Discuss Religious Freedom    3.30.15

CSW is calling for violations of freedom of religion or belief to be raised in a human rights dialogue between the United States and Cuba on March 31... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKINDIA | Concerns Over Rising Attacks on Christian Minorities    3.17.15

CSW expressed concern over the increasing number of attacks on Christian communities in India... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKPAKISTAN | Government Urged to Tackle Roots of Violence Against Minorities    3.17.15

CSW called on the Pakistani government to tackle the root causes of violence against minorities and ensure the perpetrators of attacks... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKBURMA | Using Religious Defamation Laws Deteriorates Freedoms    3.17.15

CSW continues to be deeply concerned about the violations of freedom of religion or belief and freedom of expression in Burma, amid growing religious... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKPAKISTAN | Two Churches Bombed in Lahore    3.15.15

Initial reports indicate at least 14 people were killed and 68 wounded after two churches were bombed March 15 in Youhanabad, a Christian neighborhood... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKVIETNAM | Christian Lawyer’s Home Attacked at End of House Arrest    3.12.15

Vietnamese human rights lawyer and activist, Nguyen Van Dai, reported his home in Hanoi was attacked by “thugs”... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKCUBA | Pastor Imprisoned, Held Without Charge    3.11.15

The family of Rev. Jesús Noel Carballeda, the 44 year-old Cuban pastor of an unregistered church in Havana, is calling for his release... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKVIETNAM | Concerns Raised about Restrictions on Religious Freedom    3.10.15

In his report presented to the UN Human Rights Council on March 10, the UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief, Heiner Bielefeldt “identifies positive developments but also a number of serious problems”... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKSYRIA | 23 Assyrian Christians Released     3.4.15

Four Assyrian Christians, including a six year-old girl, who were among a group of at least 220 Christians abducted by Daesh (Islamic State) from their villages in northeast Syria on Feb. 24, were released... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKSYRIA | At Least 90 Abducted from Christian Villages     2.24.15

The Islamist jihadi group Daesh (Islamic State) kidnapped at least 90 people from mainly Assyrian Christian villages in northeast Syria... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKSUDAN | Lawyers Appeal Court Order to Close Church    2.19.15

Lawyers representing the Khartoum Bahri Evangelical Church are due to lodge an appeal today against a court decision to confiscate the remaining property... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKCHINA | Hong Kong Christians Demand Information About Imprisoned Bishop    2.18.15

Hong Kong Catholics have demanded official confirmation of the reported death of imprisoned Chinese Bishop Cosmas Shi Enxiang ... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKIRAN | Authorities Raid Homes, Pastor Irani Refused Conditional Release    2.18.15

CSW was informed that Iranian intelligence agents raided the homes of Yasser Mosayebzadeh, Saheb Fadaie and Mehdi Reza Omidi (Youhan) in Rasht on Feb. 16, confiscating bibles... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKSUDAN | Authorities Detain Two Clergymen, Harass Church Official     2.18.15

CSW confirmed that South Sudanese clergymen Rev. Yat Michael and Rev. Peter Yein Reith are currently detained in Khartoum... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKLAOS | Christians Cleared of Murder Convicted on New Charges    2.16.15

Five Christians cleared of murder charges related to the death of a Christian convert from an unidentified long-term illness June 21, 2014, were found guilty... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKEGYPT | Air Strikes Launched in Response to Murders    2.16.15

Egypt launched a series of air strikes in response to the murders of 21 Egyptian Christians by Daesh (Islamic State) in Libya... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKCHINA | Timeline Charts Year of Zhejiang Province Church Demolitions    2.12.15

A new interactive timeline released by CSW collates over 400 reports of incidents related to whole or partial demolitions of churches or church-run buildings ... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKINDIA | Minister Urged to Honor Pledge for Police Investigation     2.6.15

CSW urged India’s Union Minister for Home Affairs, Shri Rajnath Singh, to honor his pledge for the police to investigate the desecration... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKVIETNAM | Religious Freedom Report Issued     2.4.15

Twenty-four independent Vietnamese civil society organizations, co-signed a report drawing attention to human rights abuses in Vietnam in 2014... READ THIS STORY