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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


Image courtesy of CSW-UKCAR | CSW Welcomes Pope Francis Call for Peace    11.30.15

CSW welcomed Pope Francis’ call for all sides of the conflict in the Central African Republic to disarm and replace their weapons... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKIRAN | Christian Released Early From Prison     11.13.15

CSW was informed that Suroush Saraie, a member the Church of Iran, was released from prison... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKBURMA | Party Predicts Electoral Majority    11.10.15

Burma’s National League for Democracy party, led by Aung San Suu Kyi, is reportedly on track to win a majority of the votes in the national elections... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKIRAN | Christians Arrested Near Tehran    11.9.15

CSW was informed that 13 Christians were arrested in the city... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKCUBA | Pastor to Testify at Congressional Hearing    11.5.15

Rev. Mario Felix Lleonart Barroso, a Baptist pastor and prominent Cuban religious freedom activist, will testify about ongoing violations of freedom... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKBURMA | Concerns Surrounding Tolerance, Respect During Elections    11.5.15

The disenfranchisement of a significant proportion of the population in Burma, and ongoing human rights violations including discrimination against religious and ethnic minorities, are among the issues... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKVIETNAM | Government Urged to Revise Draft Law on Belief, Religion    11.3.15

CSW, in association with 27 civil society and religious organizations, called upon the Vietnamese government to revise the draft Law on Belief and Religion... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKCUBA | Christians Protest Church Attacks    11.2.15

Cuban authorities were forced to halt demolition of an Assemblies of God church in the city of Santiago de Cuba... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKSUDAN | Two Evangelical Lutheran Churches Destroyed    10.27.15

CSW was informed that two Lutheran church buildings were destroyed... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKINDONESIA | U.S. Urged to Discuss Religious Intolerance During Visit    10.22.15

CSW is calling on United States President Barack Obama to discuss religious intolerance in Indonesia when President Joko Widodo visits... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKERITREA | Event Highlights Refugee Crisis, Crimes Against Humanity    10.21.15

The gross and systematic abuse of human rights in Eritrea and the implications of current United Kingdom and European Union asylum policy were discussed... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKCHINA | Governments Asked to Keep Human Rights on Agenda    10.20.15

CSW called on the UK and Chinese governments to keep human rights on the agenda during President Xi Jinping’s state visit... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKSUDAN | Court Of Appeal Overturns Woman’s Public Indecency Conviction    10.16.15

Khartoum Bahri Appeal Court overturned a Christian woman’s conviction for public indecency... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKINDONESIA | One Dead in Church Fire    10.15.15

A man was killed and a church burned down in violent clashes in Aceh Singkil, Indonesia on Oct. 13... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKCUBA | Pastor Continues to Fight Property Expropriation    10.15.15

Two years after government orchestrated mobs to target his home, Rev. Yiorvis Bravo is renewing his call to the Cuban government to recognize his ownership... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKSYRIA | Daesh Executes Three Abducted Christians    10.12.15

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that three Christians, who were part of a group of 200 held captive by Daesh (Islamic State), were executed... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKEGYPT | Enforced Reconciliation Meeting Bars Copt from Church, Land    10.12.15

Hamdy Makanoty, a Copt from Alexandria, was prohibited from visiting his land and his local church in the village of Ola in Amereya... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKPAKISTAN | Supreme Court Upholds Murder Conviction    10.9.15

Pakistan’s Supreme Court decided on Oct. 7 to reverse an Islamabad High Court order from March 9 which dropped charges against Mumtaz Qadri... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKNORTH KOREA | Statement Made for Korean Workers’ Party 70th Anniversary    10.9.15

The international community should demand that the North Korean government immediately end its pervasive abuses of human rights... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKGLOBAL | CSW Endorses Southeast Asia Declaration on Religious Freedom    10.5.15

CSW joined a range of other faith-based, intergovernmental and UN agencies in endorsing a declaration on strengthening freedom of religion or belief ... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKCAR | CSW Calls for Protection of Leaders Following Recent Violence    10.2.15

CSW called for the protection of members of the interreligious peace platform in the Central African Republic, following reports that the chairman of the Evangelical Alliance was targeted... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKMEXICO | Government Urged to Take Action in Case of Displaced Protestants    9.21.15

Representatives of a community of Protestants displaced for over five years travelled to Mexico City on Oct. 1, accompanied by church leaders and religious... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKSUDAN | CSW Calls for Strengthening, Renewal of Mandate    10.1.15

CSW has called on UN Human Rights Council member states to strengthen and renew the mandate of the UN Independent Expert on Sudan by emphasizing... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKCHINA | Human Rights Lawyer Returned Home    10.1.15

Chinese human rights lawyer, Gao Zhisheng, is reportedly back at home, according to organizations that have spoken with his wife... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKCOLOMBIA | CSW Welcomes Peace Agreement     9.29.15

CSW welcomes reports that the Colombian government is working towards a peace agreement in March 2016 with the Revolutionary Armed Forces... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKCHINA| Human Rights Lawyer “Kidnapped”    9.25.15

China Aid Association issued a report alleging that Chinese human rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng was kidnapped by authorities... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKCHINA | CSW Urges End to Refoulement of North Korean Refugees    9.24.15

CSW wrote China’s President Xi Jinping requesting that North Korean refugees are allowed safe passage ... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKCUBA | Government to Review Confiscation of Church Property     9.23.15

The Cuban Communist Party notified Maranatha First Baptist Church in Holguin that it will review the order issued by local government officials to confiscate ... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKNORTH KOREA | UN Human Rights Council Panel Addresses Violations     9.22.15

An unprecedented panel discussion at the UN Human Rights Council on Sept. 21 focused on international abductions and enforced disappearances... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKNEPAL | CSW Raises Concerns about Constitution’s Anti-Conversion Clause    9.21.15

CSW is concerned about an anti-conversion clause included in Nepal’s new constitution, which was passed by the Constituent Assembly... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKGLOBAL | Statement of Solidarity with Churches in Northern Triangle    9.17.15

CSW endorsed a statement by the Inter-American Federation of Christian Jurists (FIAJC) expressing solidarity with churches... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKMEXICO | Protestant Man Imprisoned, Children Barred from School    9.14.15

The state Ombudsman in Oaxaca publicly condemned a series of severe religious freedom violations targeting a Protestant man and his family... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKMEXICO | Protestants Barred from Village, Arbitrarily Imprisoned    9.4.15

Three Protestant members from Unión Juárez village, La Trinitaria municipality in Chiapas State were physically prevented from entering the village... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKSUDAN | Evangelical Presbyterian Church Denomination Wins Legal Battle    9.3.15

On Aug. 31, the Khartoum Administrative Court restored administrative powers to the official lands and buildings committee of the Sudan Evangelical... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKGLOBAL | Conference Addresses Impact of Violence on Human Rights    9.3.15

Latin American legal experts will discuss the impact of violence on human rights in the region, including religious freedom, at a landmark conference... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKCUBA | Rev. Carballeda Released from Prison    9.2.15

Rev. Jesús Noel Carballeda, a 45 year-old Cuban pastor of an unregistered church in Havana, who had been imprisoned for six months for holding... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKCHINA | Calls Grow for Release of Detained Lawyers    9.2.15

Lawyers, journalists and human rights defenders based in South Asia issued a joint statement expressing concern about the detention and disappearance... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKNIGERIA | Peaceful Protest Calls for End to Killings    9.1.15

A peaceful march in the Plateau State capital Jos on Aug. 31 was the latest in a week of protests calling for action to end the daily killings... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKARGENTINA | Police Guard Assigned to Protect Church    8.28.15

The National Gendarmerie, a high-level police guard, was assigned to protect the Pueblo Grande Baptist Church and its members in Tres Ríos... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKNIGERIA | 500 Days since Chibok Abductions, Church Leader Reveals Impact    8.26.15

The President of the Ekklisiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria has revealed that over 176 of the girls kidnapped from a school in north east Nigeria by Boko Haram... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKVIETNAM | Draft Law Causes Concerns Regarding Religious Activities    8.18.15

CSW is concerned a draft law on religion or belief, currently being reviewed by the legislature in Vietnam, will “prevent rather than protect the enjoyment of full freedom of religion... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKSUDAN | Woman Found Innocent of Public Indecency Charges    8.16.15

A Christian woman, Seema Ali Osman, was found innocent of indecent or immoral dress under Article 152 of the Sudanese Criminal Code... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKSUDAN | Four Women Found Innocent, Three Fined on Indecency Charges    8.12.15

Four Christian women were found innocent of indecent or immoral dress under Article 152 of the Sudanese Criminal Code, while three were fined ... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKCHINA | Organizations Call for Lawyers’ Release    8.12.15

CSW joins over 45 other organizations from China, Hong Kong and around the world in calling on the Chinese authorities to stop the illegal detention... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKSUDAN | Lawyers Issue Fresh Appeal Against Travel Ban    8.10.15

Lawyers for Rev. Yat Michael and Rev. Peter Reith launched a fresh appeal against a travel ban imposed on the pastors after being informed the prosecution... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKSUDAN | Appeal Against Travel Ban Fails    8.10.15

An appeal for the lifting of a travel ban imposed on Rev. Yat Michael and Rev. Peter Reith failed after it transpired that the ban had been imposed... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKCHINA | Rights Lawyer Completes Final Year of Sentence    8.6.15

Chinese human rights lawyer, Gao Zhisheng, who was released from prison one year ago, completes the final part of his sentence... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKSUDAN | Released Clergymen Stopped at Khartoum Airport    8.6.15

Rev. Yat Michael and Rev. Peter Reith were prevented from leaving Sudan. They were stopped at Khartoum Airport... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKSUDAN | Clergymen Released    8.5.15

Rev. Yat Michael and Rev. Peter Reith, the South Sudanese clergymen who were on trial in Khartoum on serious criminal charges, were released... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKIRAN | Christian Prisoner Released after Lengthy Incarceration    8.4.15

Alireza Seyyedian, a member of the Church of Iran denomination, was released early from Evin Prison... READ THIS STORY