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A Promise No Christian Wants to Claim

Friday, August 31st, 2012

It is sometimes forgotten that Christ promised His followers they would face persecution. As we spend every day working to assist our brothers and sisters overseas who face unimaginably difficult circumstances for their faith it is important to remember that as long as we serve Him, there will be others who revile us for it. Nevertheless, we must hold fast to our faith. 

Orphans Use a Refridgerator for the First Time!

Friday, August 31st, 2012

“Thank you once again ICC for making the children very happy.”

Twenty-Two Chinese Believers “Taken Away” for Trying to Attend Worship Service

Friday, August 31st, 2012

The following excerpt is an English translation of an announcement made by Beijing’s Shouwang Church. The church was pushed out of its building over a year ago by government authorities and has been harassed ever since. Every Sunday brave believers attempt to gather again outdoors for a service and are pulled away for questioning by police, who also track and visit the homes of church members who try to attend the service.

Nepali Christians Have Nowhere to Bury Their Dead

Friday, August 31st, 2012

Christians in Nepal have a dilemma. They have nowhere to bury their dead. Most Hindu’s cremate their dead, and Christians are only allowed to bury their dead on designated burial grounds. Except that the government has not designated enough to even begin meeting the need, leaving Christians with a dilemma when it comes to honoring their loved ones with a Christian burial. "Either the government should say that Nepali Christians aren’t Nepali citizens, or it should give them their rights."- Laxmi Pariyar, Christian member of Nepal’s dissolved Constituent Assembly

Court in India Sides with Freedom of Religion

Friday, August 31st, 2012

Anti-conversion laws in India have provided excuses to persecute Christians and other minority religions. Until now, if one wished to convert, a 30 day notice was required to be filed with the magistrate. If no notice was filed, the individual would be punished. However, a court in India just declared that un-constitutional, saying, “Citizens not only have the rights of conscience and belief, and the freedom to change this belief, but also they have the right to keep their beliefs secret. Merely because the majority view is different does not mean that the minority view must be silenced."

Muslim Leader Accuses Colleagues of Inciting Violence Against Christians

Friday, August 31st, 2012

A Kenyan Muslim leader accuses other Muslim preachers of inciting violence in which several churches were attacked and people killed. We urge more Muslim leaders to speak against violence by Muslim radicals.

UK Violates Religious Freedom, European Court to Look into Cases of Anti-Christian Discriminations

Friday, August 31st, 2012

The is a growing concern about discrimination against Christians in Britain. Some Christians are taking Britain to the European Court of Human Rights due to violations of their religious freedom. We urge Britain to respect religious freedom of Christians.

Pakistan minister warns of Christian discrimination

Friday, August 31st, 2012

Paul Bhatti, Pakistan’s only Christian cabinet minister, warns of growing hostility toward religious minorities and condemned Pakistan’s oppressive blasphemy law. The arrest of an 11 year old girl who allegedly burned Islamic texts resurfaced international attention on Pakistan’s failure to safeguard minority rights.

Blasphemy law represents coercive nature of Pakistan towards Christian minorities

Friday, August 31st, 2012

In mid-August, a 14 year old girl was arrested in Islamabad, Pakistan for allegedly blaspheming Islam. The case reignited international concerns over Pakistan’s troublesome blasphemy laws. In this revealing article, the Economic Times reports on the failed state of Pakistani law and how it is used to oppress religious minorities.

Arab Spring now a Christian nightmare

Friday, August 31st, 2012

In this article, columnist Salim Mansur relates the decline of Middle Eastern Christianity following the Arab Spring to the ethnic strife and religious bigotry that precipitated in Yugoslavia in the 1990s. There is grave concern that increased persecution of Christians will eventually drive them from there ancient homeland. “The decline, probably disappearance, of Christians from the Middle East is an ominous sign of a tragic future for the region,” he writes.

Future for Kyrg Christians Uncertain

Thursday, August 30th, 2012

The government of Kyrgyzstan is in a tumultuous position right now as its “ruling coalition collapsed” last week. With a president trying to unite fighting politicians and a new prime minister on the horizon the future seems uncertain. This is especially so for Christians as “this is a nation that has increasingly become antagonistic to evangelical Christians and has taken steps to curb religious freedom.”

Lawyers Barred from Meeting Imprisoned Christian Gao Zhisheng

Thursday, August 30th, 2012

Gao Zhisheng, a Christian and prominent Chinese human rights lawyer, has been imprisoned since December 2011 following years of disappearances and arrests at the hands of the Chinese government. Until April his family did not even know if he was alive or dead, and authorities have repteadly blocked visits, including a recent one from two Christian attorney’s hired by Gao’s brother. The prison authorities often use the (extremely unlikely) excuse that Gao himself does not want to visit with anyone but block all communication with him, making this impossible to verify.

Republican Party Assails China Over Religious Persecution, One-Child Policy

Thursday, August 30th, 2012

ICC is pleased to note that comments at this year’s Republican National Convention strongly condemned China’s persecution of religious minorities, including Christians. Sadly, U.S. Foreign Policy all too often overlooks the arrest and harassment of Christians and other religious minorities in China in an attempt to avoid offending the United States’ second largest trading partner.  

Still No Justice for Arrested Bible Study Leaders

Thursday, August 30th, 2012

Three years ago two Christians were arrested for “forcibly converting”  people to Christianity in a children’s Bible Club. Though out on bail, they are still waiting for their court date. They’ve been waiting for three years and wonder if the "judges and the accusers know that there is no case, so if the case actually comes to trial, all the charges will be dismissed. So they want to drag it out as long as possible to make life as difficult as possible."

NEWS RELEASE | Christian Girl Jailed for Blasphemy Determined to be 14 Years Old

Thursday, August 30th, 2012

Child "suffering from trauma" in Pakistani prison.

 

Murder and Violence Against Christians in India Continues

Thursday, August 30th, 2012

The state of Tamil Nadu has seen violence and even murder against Christians at the hands of Hindu radicals recently. This article discusses these instances and more.

Frustrated By Lack Of Protection, Kenyan Churches Sue Government

Thursday, August 30th, 2012

Kenyan church leaders are taking their government to court after Muslim rioters attacked churches. We agree with the church leaders and call for the government of Kenya to protect the country's Christians from attackers.

Nigerian Christian Leader Wants Believers To Remain Steadfast Despite Persecution

Thursday, August 30th, 2012

A Nigerian christian leader called for Christians to remain strong in their faith despite the persecution they face. Muslim radicals are fighting to eliminate Christians from northern Nigeria. We also call upon Nigerian Christians to continue to be strong in their faith. We also believe that Nigerian government must protect the country's persecuted Christians from on-going jihad attacks.

Christian girl accused of blasphemy in Pakistan must stay in prison after bail hearing delayed

Thursday, August 30th, 2012

Rimsha Masih, who family says is 11 years old with Down’s syndrome, will spend more time in prison after her court hearing was adjourned Thursday. Rimsha, a Christian, was arrested on blasphemy charges after being accused of burning pages of Islamic books. The hearing is rescheduled for Saturday and there is hope the child will be released on bail. The case has received international condemnation over Pakistan’s blasphemy laws that often target religious minorities.

Iranian Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani Carries His Cross as a Christian ‘Walking the Walk’

Thursday, August 30th, 2012

Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani has been imprisoned for his conversion to Christianity since 2009, but refuses to recant his faith in return for his freedom. His courage and devotion has encouraged Christians throughout the world to “walk the walk” which, according to Deacon Greg Kandra of the Diocese of the borough of Brooklyn, is “both inspiring and humbling.” I wonder how many of us in the West, confronting something similar, could be so steadfast," Kandra told the Christian Post.

Church asks Christians in fear to stay in Syria

Thursday, August 30th, 2012

Two Syrian cities have been nearly emptied of Christians in the past several months. Many Christians, caught between opposition forces and the Syrian army, fear that Islamist rebels will persecuted religious minorities is President Bashar al-Assad is deposed. For this reason and others, some Christians are preparing to leave the country. However, the Syriac Orthodox Kadim Patriarchate Synod in Damascus has called on Christians to stay. “We refuse all kind of immigration as a response to the recent crisis in the Middle East and strongly condemn all propagators, instigators and provocateurs who call to Middle Eastern Christians to migrate,” a statement read. With increased persecution and uncertainly over the country’s future, the existence of Syria’s ancient Christian heritage is at stake.

Intolerance is rife in Islamic lands

Thursday, August 30th, 2012

A religious freedom report released by the U.S. State Department signifies that violence and discrimination targeting Christians and other religious minorities is most prevalent in the Islamic world. In Egypt, Christians have been arrested for “insulting Islam” and several churches have been burned and destroyed. In Iran, tens of Christians are imprisoned, including one on death row, for apostasy. And, in Pakistan, Christians have been attacked by mobs and harassed by police for allegedly blaspheming Islam. With the political rise of Islamists following the Middle East’s so-called ‘Arab Spring’, it is likely that Christian persecution will continue to increase.

Over 1,000 pre-dominantly Christian Refugees Forcibly Repatriated to Burma by China

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

China has forcibly deported over a thousand refuges from the Kachin ethnic group, who are pre-dominantly Christian. The Kachin fled Burmese military forces in the Northern Burma that have continued operations and attacks despite a cease fire. As Christians, the Kachin face discrimination and persecution at the hands of the ardently Buddhist Burmese military. 

China: House Church Summer Camp Raided, Teacher Arrested

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

This brief report describes the raid of a Christian Summer camp in China’s Xaanxi province. This is not the first time a summer camp organized by Christian’s has been raided in China this Summer. China’s upcoming once in a decade leadership change this year has led to a crackdown on all groups considered dissidents, including Christians belonging to unregistered house churches.

“If We Were Not Helped, We Would Still Be in Jail Now”

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

Christian victims are jailed while there attackers go free.

Kenyan Church Leaders To Sue Government Over Church Attacks By Muslim Rioters

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

Muslim rioters attacked churches in Kenyan city of Mombasa. Kenyan church leaders are planning to sue the government of Kenya for its failure to protect the churches. We believe that Kenya has failed in its responsiblity to protect the targeted churches. Kenya must bring those responsible for the attacks to justice.

Nigerian Government, Boko Haram In Talks; Can Islamist Extremist Be Reasoned With?

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

Reports indicate that Nigeria's radical Muslim group, Boko Haram, and the government of Nigeria are holding peace talks.We believe that Nigeria has to uphold rule of law and protect its citizens from the violence by the radical Muslim group. Priority should be given to protection of lives and stopping the group from attacking Christians and its other targets.

Four Years Later: Christians Still Homeless and Persecuted

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

The anti-Christian violence in Orissa in 2008 may be over, but the effects continue on. This article discusses a recent survey which was done to assess the progress of the last four years, and the results are abysmal.  Too many Christians remain homeless or in ghettos; many have been banned from returning home until they convert to Hinduism.  A majority of the perpetrators of the violence have been acquitted and many Christians feel that the government has not provided them enough compensation. It is safe to say that believers feel the persecution is far from over.

Christian Children in Turkey Face Persecution

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

With all the changes coming into play with the writing of Turkey’s new constitution there is much to question. Will things improve? Will persecution lessen or increase? One thing is sure, Christian children already face persecution in this Muslim country. Will the education laws they are already subject to be declared unconstitutional?

Christian Girl Jailed for Blasphemy Determined to be 14 Years Old

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

Child "Suffering from Trauma" in Pakistani Prison

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