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China: Thousands of Christians Form Human Shield to Protect Church from Destruction

Saturday, April 5th, 2014

International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that thousands of Christians have formed a human shield around a newly-constructed church in Zhejiang Province after authorities earlier this week threatened to demolish the building. The Sanjiang Christian Church reportedly cost over $4.8 million to construct and was built over a six-year period in Wenzhou, one of China’s most Christianized cities.

Killed Because of the Cross: The Death of an Egyptian Christian

Friday, April 4th, 2014

Mary Sameh George, a 24 year old Coptic Christian woman, was brutally killed on Friday, March 28 by protestors in Ain Shams, Cairo. Based on an eye-witness account given to International Christian Concern , Mary was pulled out of her car, brutally beaten, stabbed, and then shot to death.

Pakistani Christian Sawan Masih Sentenced to Death on Blasphemy Charge in Pakistan

Monday, March 31st, 2014

Time For Obama To Speak Out For Religious Freedom in Saudi Arabia

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

Is promoting religious freedom abroad a priority in President Obama’s foreign policy? A few members of Congress certainly think it should be. On Thursday, the President will be getting a letter from more than 50 representatives urging him to publicly address human rights and religious freedom during his upcoming visit to Saudi Arabia.

4 Killed in Attack on Kenyan Church

Sunday, March 23rd, 2014

Sunday morning, multiple gunmen stormed the packed Joy Jesus church in Likoni, Kenya, located near the large tourist city of Mombasa. Two individuals were proclaimed dead at the scene, and another two were killed as a result of their injuries, Cyrus Ombati, of Standard Digital, reported from Mombasa. Police responded quickly to the attack, but the two gunmen were able to escape, according to the earliest reports from Reuters.

The Missing Girls: Christian Girls Kidnapped in Egypt

Friday, March 21st, 2014

On February 28, Amira Hafez Wahib and her mother went to the morning prayer service at St. George church in Luxor, Egypt. Amira, age 15, asked her mom if she could go to buy something at a nearby store. Her mom agreed, urging her to hurry back once she was finished. But Amira did not come back. She has not been seen since.

A New Year for Iran’s Christians: Will Anything Change?

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

As millions of Iranians celebrate the start of a New Year, International Christian Concern (ICC) continues to call attention to the flagrant persecution of Christians and other religious minorities in Iran. As the new Iranian president took office this past summer, his words promised a change in the respect of fundamental rights for Iranians. Unfortunately, those promises have not been met with action. Iranian-American Pastor Saeed Abedini is still serving out an eight-year prison sentence. He is just one of 49 Christians who remain imprisoned in Iran as a result of their faith. If this past year is a sign of things to come, many others may join them in prison this year.

Christian Mother in Somalia Beheaded in front of Her Daughters

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that a Christian mother of two and her cousin were beheaded by al-Shabaab Islamic extremists once their Christian faith was discovered. The extremists beheaded them publicly in front of her daughters and many of the villagers in the town square.

Nigerian Christians Live in Fear as Attacks Against Them Drastically Rise

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that attacks against Christians in Nigeria over the weekend claimed the lives of over 150 people. With such incidents on the rise in 2014, the current instability of the country is evident.

After Three Years, Who Is Standing #WithSyria?

Thursday, March 13th, 2014

International Christian Concern (ICC) joins with millions around the world in calling for an end to the hostility that has torn apart the country of Syria over the past three years. The protests following the detention of 15 children for writing pro-democracy graffiti have descended into one of the most brutal conflicts in recent history. In the three years since the conflict began, militant Islamic jihadists have streamed into the country fighting not just against the brutality of Bashar al-Assad, but also to establish an Islamic state. The Christian community, in 2010 estimated as 10 percent of the population, and other ethnic or religious minorities are being explicitly targeted and killed or driven out of the country.

What’s Missing in U.S. Policy Towards North Korea?

Monday, March 10th, 2014

Since 2006, U.S. policy towards the Democratic People's Republic of North Korea (DPRK) has been focused almost entirely on attempting to deter the Kim family regime from developing nuclear weapons. While this is understandably a very serious concern, the exclusive focus of U.S. attention on this issue has drawn attention away from decades of human rights violations described last month by a United Nations commission as comparable to atrocities committed under the Nazi regime.

‘They Attacked God Himself’: A Message for Seven Christians Murdered in Libya

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

It was late Sunday evening, February 23, 2014, when Nashat Bibawi was awakened by a pounding on the door of the apartment he shared with his father and two brothers-in-law, in Benghazi, Libya. When his father, Talaat Sedeek Bibawi, opened the door, three men dressed in military-style fatigues and carrying automatic weapons burst into the room.

In Libya, armed gangs and lawlessness have become increasingly common in the two years since the removal of Muammar Gaddafi.  The interim government has not been able to implement a stable political solution, nor have they been able to control the Islamic militant groups that have been active throughout the country.

Seven Egyptian Christians Killed in Libya

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

International Christian Concern (ICC) is deeply troubled by the brutal killing of seven Egyptian Christians who were working in Benghazi, Libya. The bodies of the seven men were discovered by Libyan authorities Monday morning on a beach in a suburb east of Benghazi. The men were found with their hands bound and appeared to have been executed, security officials reported.

Kazakh Pastor Released from Prison

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

106 Christians Brutally Murdered by Boko Haram Militants in Northern Nigeria

Monday, February 17th, 2014

Obama: “Around the World, Freedom of Religion is Under Threat”

Thursday, February 6th, 2014

International Christian Concern (ICC) applaudes remarks made by U.S. president Barack Obama on the topic of international religious freedom and religious persecution. In his remarks, made in a speech at the annual national prayer breakfast in Washington D.C. earlier today, the president pledged to elevate religious freedom as a part of U.S. foreign policy and addressed specific cases of religious persecution.

Eight Egyptian Christians Abducted in the Last Week

Thursday, February 6th, 2014

International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that at least eight Egyptian Christians from the Minya province have been abducted since January 25, 2014. The abductions, thought to be carried out by members of the Muslim Brotherhood (MB), are just a handful among the hundreds of similar cases in the last few years.

Twenty-Six Molotov Cocktail Bombs Discovered Next to A Church in Egypt

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

The first month of 2014 has seen numerous “attacks” on churches and Christians in Egypt.  Witnesses and sources in Egypt reported to International Christian Concern (ICC), that despite the fact the following attacks were thwarted, they added to the fear Christians in Egypt face on a regular basis.

Innocent Pastor in Central Asia Remains in Detention Despite Charges Dropped

Friday, January 24th, 2014

International Christian Concern (ICC) has just learned that charges of “propagating extremism” against 67-year-old Presbyterian Pastor Bakhytzhan Kashkumbayev were dropped by a court in Kazakhstan’s capital, Astana, late Wednesday. The pastor’s eight month-long detention and harsh treatment has drawn heavy criticism of Kazakhstan’s government from international human rights organizations, including ICC.

Egypt: Coptic Christians Kidnapped Weekly, Held for Ransom by Radicals

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that Coptic Christians in Upper Egypt continue to be targeted for kidnapping and extortion on a weekly basis. The most recent case occurred on Tuesday morning when masked men abducted 52-year-old Nady Farag Massad at gunpoint in the governorate of Minya. According to local sources, Mr. Massad was purchasing bread for his family at a local bakery when the gunmen forced him into their vehicle and fled the scene. Two days later, Mr. Massad’s kidnappers have yet to contact anyone demanding a ransom.

Eight Christians in Bangladesh Hospitalized After Targeted Attack

Friday, January 10th, 2014

Eight Christians in Bangladesh remain hospitalized, three in critical condition, following a violent attack by Muslim Extremists. Violence against religious minorities, namely Christians and Hindus, has been on the rise both pre and post-election as the extremists have attempted to gain greater political control.

At Least 30 Christians Killed in Attack on Christian Village in Central Nigeria

Thursday, January 9th, 2014

Can Christians Celebrate this Christmas in Egypt?

Tuesday, January 7th, 2014

Tensions are running high for Christians in Egypt as they prepare to celebrate the Christmas holiday. January 7th is the date on which many Eastern Orthodox churches, following the Julian or Alexandrian calendars, mark the birth of Jesus. After a year of incredible persecution, Egyptian Christians are fearful but cautiously hopeful as they look to the future both for Egypt and the Church.

Pakistan’s Deadly “Reform” to Controversial Blasphemy Laws

Monday, January 6th, 2014

Twelve Christians Brutally Murdered by Boko Haram Militants in Northern Nigeria

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

Christmas Day Bomb Blasts Rock Baghdad’s Christian Community

Wednesday, December 25th, 2013

International Christian Concern (ICC) is deeply troubled by the two bombings that targeted Christians in the Iraqi capital on Christmas day. Two separate blasts occurred in the Dora neighborhood of Baghdad. Altogether, at least 35 people were killed and some 56 others were wounded, the Interior Ministry said.

New Rash of Church Closings Sweeps Across Indonesia

Thursday, December 19th, 2013

The Egyptian Church is the Target

Saturday, December 14th, 2013

An increasingly vulnerable Egyptian Church continues to serve as a convenient target for pro-Morsi supporters to vent their rage as tensions in the country show no sign of abating following the Muslim Brotherhood’s removal from power in July. Islamist crowds coalesce weekly in front of one of the major churches in the Cairo suburbs following Friday prayers, leaving behind scrawls of anti-Christian graffiti, vandalism, and threats of violence.

Why is China Still Arresting Christians by the Dozen?

Friday, December 6th, 2013

On Saturday, Nov. 16th, approximately a dozen Chinese police officers walked into the Nanle County Christian Church in Henan Province, a government sanctioned “Three-Self” church, and “tied up” the church’s pastor, Zhang Shaojie. Authorities then spirited him away to a secret location. Today, almost three weeks later, no one is quite sure where exactly Pastor Shaojie is, or if he’s even still alive.

Hundreds of Christians Left Churchless as Indonesian Authorities Tear Down Worship Center

Friday, December 6th, 2013

“We had been extremely hopeful that this kind of flagrant disregard for the rights of religious minorities was on the decline in Indonesia in 2013, at least as far as the Christian community was concerned. This demolition, however, coming alongside reports that two other churches have recently been sealed, is quickly dashing those hopes. We call on President Yudhoyono to speak out immediately and strongly against what is clearly a discriminatory abuse of the 2006 Revised Joint Ministerial Decree on construction of houses of worship.”

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