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Pakistani Court Orders 14-Year-Old Christian Girl to Be Returned to Her Abductor

August 06, 2020:

ICC has learned that the Lahore High Court has ordered Maria Shahbaz, a 14-year-old Christian girl who was abducted and forcibly married to a Muslim man, to be returned to the custody of her abductor.

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Turkey Sends Strong Message Through Trabzon Hagia Sophia

July 29, 2020:

ICC has learned that on July 28, 2020, Turkey conducted a ceremonial reopening of Trabzon’s Sumela Monastery and Hagia Sophia, a church now operating as a mosque.

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Police Demolish Christian Homes in China

July 26, 2020:

ICC has learned that on July 22, local authorities descended on Xingguang Church in China’s Fujian province for further demolition of Christian homes in conjunction to the house church.

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Turkish Court Allows Hagia Sophia to Convert into Mosque

July 10, 2020:

International Christian Concern has learned that on July 10, Turkey’s Council of State ruled in favor of again converting the Hagia Sophia cathedral into a mosque.

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Hong Kong Security Law to Be Enforced on July 1

June 30, 2020:

International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that Beijing’s top legislative body unanimously passed a sweeping national security law for Hong Kong today.

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Iraqi Christians Worry Over Militia Power Struggle

June 29, 2020:

ICC has learned that on the night of June 25, 2020, Iraq’s Counter-Terrorism Services (ICTS) launched a raid in Baghdad and arrested multiple members of the militia Kataib Hezbollah.

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Turkish Pastor’s American Wife Denied Visa

June 25, 2020:

ICC has learned that on June 5, 2020, a Turkish pastor’s American wife, Joy Subaşıgüller, received notice from Turkey’s Ministry of Interior that her family visa was denied.

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China Demolishes House Church One Month After Violent Raid

June 12, 2020:

ICC has learned that on June 11, local authorities brought in more than 100 officers from four different agencies to demolish Xingguang Church in China’s Xiamen city, Fujian province.

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Fulani Militants Kill Nine in Christian Village in Nigeria

June 05, 2020:

International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that Fulani militants again attacked the Adara natives in Kajuru LGA, Kaduna State, Nigeria.

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China Passes National Security Law for Hong Kong Despite Backlash

May 28, 2020:

ICC has learned that the National People’s Congress, which is the top legislature in China, passed controversial new legislation on national security for Hong Kong today.

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