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Image courtesy of CSW-UKIRAN | Pastor Nadarkhani Charged with National Security Crimes    7.25.16

CSW learned that Yousef Nadarkhani, the Church of Iran pastor acquitted of apostasy in 2012, was charged with... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKPAKISTAN | Greater Protection Called for Human Rights Defenders    7.15.16

CSW is calling on the government of Pakistan to uphold greater protections for human rights defenders following the murder of activist... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKNORTH KOREA | CSW Welcomes Sanctions on Regime    7.12.16

CSW welcomes the decision by the United States Department of the Treasury to apply targeted sanctions to top members... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKSUDAN | Church Members Convicted of Obstruction    7.11.16

CSW learned that 14 members and leaders of the Khartoum Bahri Evangelical Church who were arrested on July 7 were convicted... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKCHINA | Legal Assistant Released Ahead of Crackdown Anniversary    7.11.16

CSW welcomes the release on bail of 24 year-old legal assistant Zhao Wei on July 7 but remains concerned about those still in detention... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKSUDAN | Church Members Arrested    7.11.16

Members of the Khartoum Bahri Evangelical Church were arrested twice on July 7, after protesting against the sale... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKGLOBAL | CSW Congratulates Newly Appointed UN Experts    7.4.16

CSW congratulates the newly appointed United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC) Special Procedures... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKERITREA | Resolution Enables Accountability for Crimes Against Humanity    7.4.16

The United Nations Human Rights Council adopted a resolution July 1 extending the mandate of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKNIGERIA | Details Available on Death of Abducted Catholic Clergyman    6.30.16

The Rev. Father John Adeyi, whose decomposing body was found June 23 in Benue State, may have died because he could not access his medicatio... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKCHINA | CSW Welcomes Inquiry on Human Rights    6.30.16

FCSW welcomes a new report by the Conservative Party Human Rights Commission on the crackdown on human rights... READ THIS STORY


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