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The sentencing of a Lebanese Christian to lashings and imprisonment for converting a Saudi coworker puts the spotlight on the laws of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and its firm resistance to reason or political persuasion.
International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that Burmese President Thein Sein was warmly welcomed by President Barack Obama to the White House on Monday even as reports of ‘severe’ human rights abuses, including persecution of Christian ethnic groups, continue to emerge. The historic visit was the first in almost fifty years by a national Burmese leader and came as a result of major political reforms made by President Thein Sein’s nominally civilian administration to a government dominated for more than five decades by a military junta.
The recent inspection of Russian non-governmental organizations (NGO’s) has many concerned. It seems that even though religious organizations are exempt from many of the reasons that the NGO’s needed to be inspected it didn’t matter, which lead to the claim that "there's a political subtext." The true intention remains to be seen, however suspicions have been raised.
“Fines have been imposed on people in the capital [of Uzbekistan] for meeting in a private home and having Christian literature, and for carrying a personal Bible and New Testament. Baptists have noted that the latter conviction is illegal in Uzbek law.”
One of the few remaining communist countries in the world, Vietnam is aggressively trying to stifle the cry of its people for increased human rights and freedoms, consequently furthering the persecution of Christians.
The south Indian state of Karnataka handed an absolute majority to the Left-of-Center Congress Party, giving Christians the hope of reprieve from the persecution suffered under the former rule of the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
“Sharofat Allamova, a Protestant from Urgench in north-western Uzbekistan, has been given one and half years of corrective labour, after being convicted under criminal charges brought for the ‘illegal production, storage, import or distribution of religious literature’. It has been stated that the NSS secret police compelled witnesses to make false statements against her.”
U.S. Christian Sentenced to 15 Years Forced Labor For Attempting to “Collapse” the North Korean Regime With PrayerWednesday, May 22nd, 2013
Russian Christian Leader Expresses Concern over the Plight of Christians in Africa and the Middle EastWednesday, May 22nd, 2013
When Aleksei gathered with his friends for worship he didn’t feel that he was doing anything punishable by law. However, the authorities beg to differ, as they fined him a steep fine as punishment. Aleksei refused to pay it, again stating that he did nothing wrong. Once he refused to pay the fine, he was jailed for three days for “failure to carry out court decisions.”
U.S. Commission Finds Indonesia On The “Threshold” of “Systematic, Ongoing, and Egregious” Violations of Religious FreedomTuesday, May 21st, 2013
Members of the Islamist extremist group Hefazat-e-Islam are accusing Christians and missionaries of forcibly converting people to Christianity. “Most Christian missionaries are converting people by offering money among the poor people to give them a leg-up,” said a spokesperson. “Once the poor people take money, the missionaries put pressure on them to be converted. That is why we are protesting – to stop missionaries converting [people].” Hefazat-e-Islam has been violently protesting in the streets of Dhaka, demanding a strict blasphemy law, resulting in death and injury to many. Their accusations, say Christians are mere propaganda. “Conversion is not an event in which missionaries give money and people are converted,” said a Reverend in Bangladesh.
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