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Al-Shabaab Attacks Bus Traveling in Kenya Looking for Christians

January 13, 2021:

International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that yesterday, January 12, 2020, gunmen believed to be part of the Somali-based al-Shabaab terrorist group flagged down a passenger bus at Tarbaj, Wajir State.

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Turkey Makes No Progress Investigating the Kidnapping of Elderly Christians

January 11, 2021:

International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that the Turkish authorities have stalled the investigation into the disappearance of elderly Assyrian-Chaldean Christians Hurmüz and Şimuni Diril.

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State Government in India Approves Harshest Anti-Conversion Law to Date

January 11, 2021:

International Christian Concern (ICC) learned that the Bharathiya Janatha Party (BJP)-led government of Madhya Pradesh has approved an ordinance entitled The Madhya Pradesh Freedom of Religion Ordinance 2020.

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Christian Community in India Banned from Religious Services

January 08, 2021:

International Christian Concern (ICC) learned that police officials in India’s Karnataka state banned a community of Christians from gathering for worship services indefinitely.

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Pakistani Christian Charged with Blasphemy Over Social Media Post

January 07, 2021:

International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that a 25-year-old Christian leader in Pakistan was taken into police custody and charged with violating the country’s blasphemy laws after sharing a social media post critical of Islam in late December.

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Hundreds of Pakistani Christian Families Flee Neighborhood Following Threats of Violence

December 27, 2020:

ICC has learned that hundreds of Pakistani Christian families from Charar have fled their homes after a mob of Muslims threatened to set fire to their neighborhood.

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Christian Murdered and Two Injured in Egypt

December 15, 2020:

International Christian Concern has learned that on December 10, 2020, three extremists attacked Coptic Christians living in Alexandria (al-Wardyan district), Egypt.

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Court in Pakistan Acquits Christian Sentenced to Life in Prison for Blasphemy

December 15, 2020:

International Christian Concern has learned that the Lahore High Court has acquitted Imran Ghafur Masih, a Christian sentenced to life in prison under Pakistan’s blasphemy laws.

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Azerbaijan Breaks Ceasefire Agreement in Nagorno-Karabakh

December 13, 2020:

ICC has learned that on December 11, 2020, Azerbaijan broke its ceasefire agreement by launching an attack in Nagorno-Karabakh’s (Armenian: Artsakh’s) Hadrut district.

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Anti-Conversion Ordinance Approved in India’s Uttar Pradesh

December 10, 2020:

ICC has learned that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led government of Uttar Pradesh has approved the “Prohibition of Unlawful Conversion of Religion Ordinance.”

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