Friday, May 17th, 2013
… laws are already exploited to persecute Christians. As ICC’s Middle-East Regional Manager, Aidan Clay, says, “The Moroccan government lost credibility among international human rights groups in 2010 when it deported more than 70 foreign Christian aid workers on charges of proselytizing without granting due process rights to a hearing. Moreover, a Moroccan Christian, Jamaa Ait Bakrim, continues to languish in prison to this day after being arrested in 2005 and given a 15-year …
Friday, May 17th, 2013
A Christian schoolteacher detained for allegedly insulting Islam was released on bail by an Egyptian court on Tuesday. The case follows the arrests of dozens of Christians for blasphemy after Egypt’s 2011 revolution and adds to concerns that Islamists are using their newly gained power to stifle freedom of expression.
Wednesday, May 15th, 2013
The kidnapping of Syria’s most senior Christian clerics highlights the severity of the conflict in the war-torn nation, inspiring a Christian exodus and threatening the very presence of the church in Syria.
Tuesday, May 14th, 2013
Two men accused of helping a young woman flee Saudi Arabia after her conversion to Christianity were sentenced to prison terms and lashes with a whip by a Saudi court on Sunday.
Saturday, May 4th, 2013
After more than 200 days in Iran’s Evin Prison, known for its brutal treatment of prisoners, letters from American-Iranian Pastor Saeed Abedini reveal that he is clinging to joy in the midst of intense persecution.
Friday, April 26th, 2013
A mosque in suburban Cairo was used by Islamic hardliners to terrorize a Christian and anti-Islamist protestors in suburban Cairo in March, activists said. Christians and liberals are growing increasingly concerned with the Muslim Brotherhood’s failure to protect religious minorities.
Wednesday, April 24th, 2013
International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that the Supreme Ulema Council in Morocco published a fatwa this week calling for the death penalty for Muslims who abandon their religion. Christians are concerned that the edict, which has sparked controversy in the country, will be used to “harass” and “harm” the church if approved.
Saturday, April 20th, 2013
The rise of Islamist politics in Egypt coincides with the recent spike in kidnapping of Christians, raising concerns over whether the new leadership has emboldened extremists and criminals to target Christians for persecution.
Friday, April 19th, 2013
International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that seven expatriate Christians who were abducted in February by an Islamic militia group in Libya have been released and are now safe in their respective countries. The last Christian from the group landed in Cairo International Airport on Tuesday night.
Wednesday, April 10th, 2013
Wednesday, April 10th, 2013
Syrian Christians celebrated Easter under a cloud of uncertainty and the shadow of increasing persecution, forcing some of them to follow the lead of Iraqi Christians and flee their homes to seek refuge in other nations.
Wednesday, April 10th, 2013
A Muslim mob attacked Christian-owned shops and a church in the Francis Colony of Gujranwala, Pakistan on Wednesday following a dispute between Christian youth and a Muslim cleric a day earlier. The violence occurred only a few hours after Pakistan’s Supreme Court condemned police for not intervening in anti-Christian riots on March 9 that resulted in some 180 Christian homes being torched in the Joseph Colony of Lahore. The court’s admonishment, however, appeared to be disregarded by police who again failed to protect Christian property from being destroyed by a violent mob, advocates say.
Monday, April 8th, 2013
One Christian was killed and at least 21 were injured by Muslim rioters during a violent assault on mourners attending a funeral at St. Mark's Coptic Cathedral in Cairo on Sunday. The attack was the third day of anti-Christian violence in Egypt which has claimed five Christian lives.
Thursday, April 4th, 2013
A Christian on death row was acquitted by the High Court in Lahore on Wednesday after being imprisoned for more than seven years for blaspheming Islam in Pakistan. The acquittal came months after an ICC advocacy tour on Capitol Hill prompting congressmen and the State Department to closely monitor the Christian's unjust treatment while also urging that he be given an impartial trial.
Friday, March 29th, 2013
The recent death of an Egyptian Evangelical Christian under dubious circumstances, along with increasing arrests and detention of Christians, confirms the rising threat of Islamist extremism and Christian persecution in Libya.
Wednesday, March 20th, 2013
International Christian Concern (ICC) commends the government of Pakistan for its immediate response in providing financial aid promising to rebuild the houses of Christian families following the destruction of some 180 Christian homes by a Muslim mob in Lahore on March 9. While victims are satisfied with the government’s relief efforts, they doubt the government’s pledge to bring the perpetrators to justice. Past experience has shown that offenders of anti-Christian violence in Pakistan are rarely prosecuted, and usually operate with impunity.
Wednesday, March 20th, 2013
Violence against Christians in Egypt intensified following rumors about a Muslim woman’s alleged conversion to Christianity, drawing attention to the fragile state of governance and sectarian relationships in the country.
Thursday, March 14th, 2013
With the fall of Muammar Gaddafi in Libya, anti-Christian violence is quickly rising under the influence of Islamist extremism, thus raising concerns about the future of religious freedom in the country.
Monday, March 11th, 2013
More than 100 Christian homes were torched on Saturday by an enraged Muslim mob, following reports that a Christian man had blasphemed Islam in Lahore, eastern Pakistan. Thousands of Christians demonstrated throughout the country the next day demanding justice and criticizing the police for failing to protect them.
Saturday, March 9th, 2013
The High Court in Lahore, Pakistan is scheduled to announce whether it will uphold the death sentence of a Pakistani Christian condemned for blasphemy in the coming weeks. After more than seven years behind bars, advocates are hopeful that the Christian will soon be released, but they fear that outside pressure by extremists may alter the court's decision.
Monday, March 4th, 2013
The killers of Shahbaz Bhatti, Pakistan's sole Christian cabinet minister, have yet to be brought to justice two years after his murder. Bhatti was assassinated in Islamabad on March 2, 2011 for opposing Pakistan's ominous blasphemy laws and for condemning the death penalty of a young Christian woman who was sentenced in November 2010 for allegedly insulting the Muslim prophet Muhammad.
Tuesday, February 19th, 2013
International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that Christians gathered in Cairo on Sunday to protest the destruction of a church that was attacked by Muslim villagers this weekend in Egypt’s Fayoum Province. It was the second attack on Christians in the province in a little over a month.
Thursday, February 14th, 2013
International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that a Christian was given a hefty fine by an appellate court in Tindouf, Algeria yesterday for proselytizing. The verdict, viewed by advocates as an “attack” on religious freedom, raises concerns about the trial of a second Christian in Oran who may face five years in prison on similar charges.
Wednesday, February 13th, 2013
The final verdict of an Algerian sentenced to one year in prison for allegedly propagating the Christian faith is scheduled to be announced today during his appeal hearing in Tindouf. A second Christian, being tried for the same offense in Oran, is expected to learn whether his five-year prison sentence will stand in the coming weeks. The cases’ verdicts will reveal the Algerian government’s commitment, or lack thereof, to religious freedom, rights advocates say.
Friday, February 8th, 2013
Two Christian boys in Egypt will soon be tried for allegedly insulting the Quran. The case follows a lengthy prison sentence given to an Egyptian mother and her seven children for reconverting to Christianity last month. There have been tens of documented blasphemy cases – mainly against Christians – in the past year. Prior to the revolution, blasphemy cases were almost unheard of. Sadly, blasphemy charges, like those filed against the two young boys, are bound to increase and the primary targets will inevitably be the Christian community.
Thursday, February 7th, 2013
The convictions of two Coptic Christians on Monday for stealing weapons from soldiers during a 2011 protest is the latest attempt by the Egyptian military to cover up their involvement in a massacre that left more than two dozen Copts dead, Christians say.
Thursday, January 24th, 2013
(International Christian Concern) – Christians around the world are praying for the ongoing trial of Pastor Saeed Abedini, a U.S. citizen who faces charges of undermining the Iranian government by allegedly turning people away from Islam – a charge that can attract death penalty. The verdict can be expected next week.
Sunday, December 23rd, 2012
A U.N.-appointed panel now agrees with what Syria’s Christians have been warning since the beginning of the conflict – that the civil war is split along ethnic and religious lines, which reinforces the fear that fall of President Bashar al-Assad’s regime might jeopardize their security.
Monday, November 26th, 2012
Could history be repeating itself? When taking a historical look at regimes which came into power, and were opposed to Christianity, the prediction is an ominous future for Christians in Egypt. This article discusses one possible outcome, “The Christians will be massacred by orders from the state itself, and will be happily done not only by government officers and soldiers, but by the Egyptian people themselves. Egypt will not be ruled under full dictatorship, but also by mob rule.”
Wednesday, November 21st, 2012
11/21/2012 Algeria (International Christian Concern) – An Algerian Christian accused of defaming Islam was re-summoned to court Monday in Oran following the trial’s nearly one-year adjournment so that new evidence could be presented. The case’s verdict will reveal the government’s commitment, or lack thereof, to religious freedom, rights advocates say. If convicted, the Christian could be sentenced to five years in prison.