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ISIS Executes Sinai Christian

April 19, 2021:

International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that on April 17, 2021, ISIS published a video executing Coptic Christian Nabil Habshi (62 years) in Egypt’s Sinai. Nabil was kidnapped by ISIS last November, and this is the first time that the family learned of Nabil’s fate since his abduction. They believe that the execution may have happened either in March or early April.

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Easter Attack in India: Pastor and Wife Jailed on False Forced Conversion Charges

April 19, 2021:

ICC reports that an Indian pastor and his wife were arrested and imprisoned after being falsely accused of engaging in fraudulent religious conversions by radical Hindu nationalists.

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Announcement of Anti-Conversion Law Initiates Wave of Persecution in Southern India

April 14, 2021:

On January 6, the Minority Welfare Minister of India’s Karnataka state announced that the state would enact an anti-conversion law to counter the supposed threat of ‘Love Jihad.’ Since this announcement, attacks on Christians and other religious minorities in the state have dramatically increased in both number and severity.

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Azerbaijan Opens “Trophy Park” Celebrating Genocide

April 13, 2021:

On April 12, 2021, Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev inaugurated the Military Trophy Park in the capital of Baku which is dedicated to celebrating the country’s genocidal military conquest in Nagorno-Karabakh.

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Canadian Member of Parliament Advocates for Yaqoob Bashir Masih

April 12, 2021:

Canadian Member of Parliament Garnett Genuis has written a letter to Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan advocating for a Christian victim of Pakistan’s blasphemy law, Yaqoob Bashir Masih. Yaqoob was falsely accused of blasphemy in June 2015 after supposedly desecrating the Quran in the Lukpp Shade, Mehmoodabad neighborhood of Mirpurkhas.

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Two Christian Nurses in Pakistan Falsely Accused of Blasphemy by Muslim Coworker

April 09, 2021:

Two Christian nurses in Pakistan have been formally accused of committing blasphemy against Islam. According to local sources, the Christians were accused by a Muslim coworker of desecrating wall hangings that contained Quranic verses.

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Coptic Christian Woman and 6-Year-Old Son Murdered

April 09, 2021:

On April 03, 2021, a Coptic Christian woman and her 6-year-old son were murdered by a tok-tok driver. The victim, Maryam Sa’ad, also had a 4-year-old daughter who escaped. The crime occurred in Minya Governorate and the name of the murderer is Abu Muhammad al-Harami.

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Turkey Sentences Priest to Imprisonment for Acts of Religious Charity

April 07, 2021:

On April 07, 2021, a Turkish court sentenced Syriac priest Father Sefer (Aho) Bileçen from the Monastery of Mar Yaqoub al-Suruji to two years, one month, in prison on terrorism-related charges.

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India’s Gujarat State Passes New Anti-Conversion Law

April 06, 2021:

International Christian Concern (ICC) learned that the Bharathiya Janatha Party (BJP) led government of Gujarat has passed a new law regulating religious conversions and criminalizing forced religious conversions. The new law amends the Gujarat Freedom of Religion Act 2003 and has been championed by local BJP politicians as the state’s ‘Love Jihad’ law

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U.S. State Department Releases Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2020

March 31, 2021:

The U.S. State Department published its 2020 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices, highlighting the status of human rights in every country around the world.

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