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Release International says that the violent persecution of Christians will increase in 2017. In countries like India attacks by militant Hindus against Christians increased. In China, pressure to close or bring churches under government control is mounting. The report details the rising threat against Christians in the Middle East, Nigeria, Pakistan, India, and China. According to the Persecution Trends report, “Around the world Christians face an increasing array of violent persecutors.”
1/2/2017 (Release International) – Violent persecution of Christians is set to increase in 2017, warns Release International. The greatest area of concern is the Islamic world, where persecution is increasing from both the state and Islamic militants.
There are also worrying trends in India and China. In India, recorded attacks from Hindu militants have increased dramatically, and in China, pressure is building on unregistered churches, according to Release’s annual Persecution Trends report.
‘Around the world Christians face an increasing array of violent persecutors. These include the brutal Islamic State in the Middle East, heavily armed militants in Nigeria and Hindu extremists in India,’ warns Release Chief Executive Paul Robinson.
‘Our report on the likely trends of persecution in 2017 is a wake-up call to take our prayers and practical support for our persecuted family to a new level.’

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