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Sudanese Authorities to Charge Detained Pastor with Crimes That Could Carry Death Penalty, ICC LearnsTuesday, May 24th, 2016
International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that a Christian pastor could face the death penalty after his attorney told ICC that the government is planning to charge him with espionage and various crimes against the state.Sudanese intelligence officials (NISS) arrested Taour on December 21, 2015 and held him incommunicado, blocking his access to family and legal counsel until this week. Taour serves as a reverend with the Sudan Church of Christ.
Several quarry workers from central Kenya knew they were choosing dangerous work traveling to Mandera, Kenya, for a lucrative job in a region teeming with Islamist al-Shabaab terrorists. However, they never thought that their identity as Christians would place a target on their backs.
Bill Would Ensure that Religious Freedom is a Larger Element of U.S. Foreign Policy
Sudanese Christians rejoice at the news of the release of one Christian leader from prison in Khartoum, while another pastor who was arrested one week later remains in custody. Sudanese authorities released Telahoon “Telal” Nogossi Kassa Rata on May 10, according to sources close to the case. Rata never faced charges and remained in solitary confinement for nearly five months, having been granted only two brief visits with family during that time.
Nigeria’s Buhari Finally Breaks Silence on Radical Fulani Crisis in Nigeria, But Will Suffering Christians Experience Change?Friday, May 6th, 2016
Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has instructed the country’s security agencies to clamp down on radical Fulani militias ravaging villages from the North to Southeast, but Christian leaders remain skeptical that anything will noticeably change on the ground.
Osama Gamal knows his brother Michael did not commit suicide because Osama knows his brother. Michael Gamal Mansour was a happy 22-year-old Christian who dreamed of opening a carpentry business, getting married, and having children one day.
Patrick Macharia knows what it means to suffer for bearing the Name of Christ.In July 2015, he was 29 years old, a new father in the physical prime of his life, and he had a solid job. He was working in the quarries near Mandera, Kenya in the country’s northeastern corner, just miles from the Somali and Ethiopian borders.
International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that Fulani herders have murdered at least 45 people from communities in Enugu State, southeast Nigeria, destroying homes and burning property.
Leader Survives, but Wife Suffocates as Chinese Government Continues Assault on the Church
International Christian Concern (ICC) remembers the second anniversary of the now-infamous Boko Haram kidnapping of the Chibok girls on April 14, 2014 with great sadness and fervent prayer.
Christians in Aceh state continue to face major persecution.
Today, International Christian Concern (ICC) marks the anniversary of the deadly al-Shabaab terror attack on Garissa University in northeastern Kenya, which killed 148 people, mostly Christians.
When he left his home in Nakuru County, Kenya for Mandera near the Somali border on December 19, Meshack Otieno had no idea that his journey would mark the start of untold agony and heartbreak for his family.
Expelled Christian Minority Brutally Beaten by Mob and Incarcerated While Returning to Visit Family in Oaxaca, MexicoTuesday, March 29th, 2016
International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned of yet another violent attack against minority Christians in Oaxaca, Mexico, in which a man who was previously expelled from the village was brutally beaten and imprisoned upon his return to visit family. This is the latest instance of persecution among many that ICC has documented throughout Mexico.
State Department Designates ISIS’ Actions Against Christians and Other Religious Minorities as GenocideThursday, March 17th, 2016
International Christian Concern (ICC) is elated with Secretary Kerry’s decision to designate the heinous actions of ISIS against Christians and other religious minorities as genocide. His announcement comes just days after the US House voted unanimously in favor of a concurrent resolution that did the same, and follows similar action from the European Union. This designation is just the second time a U.S. administration has labeled actions as genocide during an active conflict.
Today we declare, alongside the European Parliament, US House of Representatives, and hundreds of human rights groups across the world, that legal experts are not necessary to determine this justification, Mr. Earnest. On this day, March 17, Secretary Kerry and President Obama have a much simpler decision to make than they may argue according to the aforementioned “reasons.” They can refuse to adhere to a deadline, but they cannot deny the evidence, and they cannot deny their responsibility as government leaders. We call upon you to adhere to your international duty to prevent and protect the systematic genocide seen through the religious cleansing of Christians and minorities in Iraq, Syria, and throughout the Middle East. Although ISIS has gained the public attention of radical Islamic ideology, Christians have faced systematic and continuous cleansing for the past decade at the hands of genocidal jihadists. It is time the United States of America stands in the name of protection rather than behind the shield of “legal consultation” and reactionary rhetoric resulting from unwarranted fear.
US House Unanimously Passes Resolution Urging the State Department to Declare ISIS Atrocities against Religious Minorities as GenocideTuesday, March 15th, 2016
International Christian Concern (ICC) is pleased to report that the United States House of Representatives has unanimously passed a concurrent resolution rendering their opinion that the atrocities committed by ISIS against religious minorities should be deemed genocide. Giving this violence its proper name would elevate these atrocities as most heinous, encouraging a more forceful response from the United States and the international community. By law, the State Department has until March 17 to give their final decision on the genocide designation.
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