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Image courtesy of CSW-UKERITREA | Christians Arrested as Crackdown Continues        5.18.17

A number of Christians were arrested in Eritrea in round-ups of members of unregistered denominations that occurred during... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKSUDAN | Abduraheem, Abdumawla Pardoned        5.11.17

Sudanese clergyman Rev. Hassan Abduraheem and activist Abdulmonem Abdumawla, who were serving 12-year prison sentences for espionage... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKSUDAN | Last Church in Soba Aradi District Demolished       5.10.17

The last remaining church in the Soba Aradi district in the south east of the Sudanese capital, Khartoum, was demolished May 7... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKCUBA | Activist Expelled from University       5.10.17

Felix Yuniel Llerena López, a 20-year-old religious freedom defender, was expelled from the Enrique José Varona Pedagogical University in Havana... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKINDONESIA | Jakarta Governor Found Guilty of Blasphemy    5.9.17

The governor of Jakarta, Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, known as Ahok, was found guilty of blasphemy and sentenced to two years... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKCHINA | Lawyer Given Suspended Sentence, Not Released              5.3.17

Chinese human rights lawyer, Li Heping, was convicted of the crime of “subverting state power” on April 28 and given a three-year prison sentence... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKCUBA | Religious Freedom Activist Threatened       5.2.17

Felix Yuniel Llerena López, 20 year-old religious freedom activist and university student, was detained and threatened on his return to Cuba following a visit... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKNIGERIA | Violence Campaign Continues in Southern Kaduna             4.21.17

At least 12 people were killed and many more injured when Fulani militiamen attacked Asso Village in the Jemaa local government area... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKBURMA | Organizations Call for Prisoner Review    4.20.17

On the occasion of the third anniversary of the death of U Win Tin, 22 organizations are calling for the immediate release of all individuals detained or imprisoned on fabricated, politically motivated charges... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKGLOBAL | CSW Receives UN Accreditation    4.19.17

CSW has been granted official UN accreditation by the 54 membered United Nations Economic and Social Council after eight years of deferrals... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKGLOBAL | Dignitaries Support CSW           4.11.17

Thirty dignitaries from around the world, including Nobel Laureates Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Jose Ramos-Horta, the former President of Timor Leste, have signed a joint letter... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKINDIA | Christians Face Intolerance on Palm Sunday             4.11.17

Christians in six states in India witnessed harassment and attacks as they gathered to celebrate Palm Sunday... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKEGYPT | State of Emergency Following Church Attacks           4.10.17

The Egyptian government declared a three-month state of emergency, three days of mourning and increased security following attacks... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKBANGLADESH | Villagers Injured After Police Attack         4.6.17

CSW is calling for an independent investigation after an alleged attack by police officers on a Christian community... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKMEXICO | Catholic Priest Honored for Investigating Attacks       4.5.17

Father Omar Sotelo Aguilar, a Catholic priest who has documented attacks on priests and other Catholic Church members by criminal groups in Mexico for over... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKSUDAN | Church Leader Killed During Protest    4.5.17

CSW has learned that an elder of the Sudan Evangelical Presbyterian Church was killed April 3 during a peaceful protest at the Evangelical School... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKCHINA | Pastor Needs Medical Care        3.28.17

A lawyer for the imprisoned leader of Living Stone Church, Pastor Yang Hua, reported that he is in urgent need... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKERITREA | Women Die Following Hunger Strike             3.28.17

Two Pentecostal Christians reportedly died in Eritrea on March 17, days after being transferred to a hospital from detention... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKBURMA | UN Establishes Human Rights Investigation       3.27.17

CSW welcomes today’s landmark resolution on human rights in Burma by the United Nations Human Rights Council, which establishes an independent... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKIRAN | Verdict Pending for Church of Iran Members                3.27.17

A verdict in the trial of four members of the Church of Iran denomination in Rasht is pending after local authorities decided... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKCHINA |Civil Society Calls for Fair Trial&nps;     3.27.17

CSW has joined over 20 other civil society organizations, legal associations and legal experts from around the world in calling on the Chinese authorities to guarantee a fair... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKCAR | UN Expert Calls for End to Impunity          3.24.17

The United Nations Independent Expert on the Central African Republic, Marie-Therese Keita-Bocoum, has called on the CAR government and the international community to bring an end ... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKVIETNAM | Interfaith Council Raises Concerns             3.24.17

The Interfaith Council of Vietnam has drawn attention to attacks on two of their members, who are both religious leaders... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKSUDAN | EU Envoy Calls for Presidential Pardon    3.22.17

CSW welcomes the call by the EU Special Envoy for the Promotion of Freedom of Religion or Belief outside the European Union for a presidential pardon... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKSUDAN | Convicted Humanitarian Released         2.27.17

Czech national humanitarian worker, Petr Jašek, who was convicted of espionage and several other crimes alongside Sudanese clergyman Rev. Hassan Abduraheem and activist Abdulmonem Abdumawla, received a Presidential pardon... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKEGYPT | Coptic Father, Son Killed             2.24.17

The bodies of two murdered Coptic men were found Feb. 22 in the city of Al-Arish in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula, the latest in a series... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKNIGERIA | 21 Dead in Fulani Raids          2.21.17

Heavily-armed Fulani herdsmen carried out raids on communities in Kaduna State, central Nigeria, on Feb. 19 and 20, destroying homes and claiming... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKCHINA | Living Stone Church Deacon Sentenced          2.20.17

On Feb. 15, Zhang Xiuhong, the former deacon of Living Stone Church, Guizhou province, was sentenced to five years... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKEGYPT | New Report States Improvements for Some Religious Minorities          2.16.17

A new report on Egypt by CSW found that while there have been improvements for some religious minorities during President Abdel Fattah el Sisi’s term... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKGLOBAL | CSW Denied UN Access       2.7.17

The United Nations Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations voted on Feb. 3 to reject Christian Solidarity Worldwide’s application for official UN accreditation... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKCUBA | Report Reveals Ongoing Religious Restrictions    2.6.17

CSW’s new report on violations of the right to Freedom of Religion or Belief in Cuba reveals that, despite developments in Cuba’s relationships with the United States... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKINDONESIA | CSW Calls for Acquittal    2.3.17

CSW is calling on the North Jakarta District Court to acquit Jakarta’s governor, Ahok, who is currently on trial for blasphemy... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKPAKISTON | Court Acquits 115 Accused in Attack       2.1.17

On Jan. 29, Pakistan’s Anti-terrorism Court acquitted 115 people accused of violence and the burning of over 100 homes in the Christian... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKBURMA | Assassination of Lawyer Condemned    1.31.17

CSW condemned the assassination of U Ko Ni, a prominent lawyer and advisor to the National League for Democracy (NLD), and expressed condolences... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKSUDAN | Rev. Abduraheem, Two Others Sentenced     1.30.17

The trial judge in the case of Rev. Hassan Abduraheem, Petr Jašek and Abdumonem Abdumawla found them guilty of a number of charges... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKINDIA | Government Urged to Uphold Constitutional Guarantees                1.25.17

CSW urges the government of India to uphold constitutional guarantees on the right to freedom... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKSUDAN | Decision Postponed in Trial           1.23.17

The judgement in the case of Rev. Hassan Abduraheem, Petr Jašek and Abdulmonem Abdumawla has been postponed ... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKPAKISTAN | Concerns Raised About Missing Activists      1.19.17

CSW is concerned about the enforced disappearance of four human rights... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKCHINA | Senior Pastor Arrested       1.13.17

Pastor Gu Yuese, also known as Joseph Gu, the former pastor of the state-sanctioned Chongyi Church in Zhejiang Province, was formally arrested... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKSUDAN | CSW Calls for Peace Agreement Implementation         1.10.17

CSW is calling on the governments of Sudan and South Sudan to honor their commitments under the Comprehensive Peace Agreement, by withdrawing unauthorized... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKSUDAN | Defense Closes Case in Security Crimes Trial         1.10.17

Lawyers representing three men charged with national security crimes in Sudan opened and closed the defense case... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKCHINA | Church Pastor Sentenced    1.6.17

Almost two weeks after his trial on Dec. 26, Pastor Yang Hua of Living Stone Church, Guizhou, was sentenced... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKINDIA | Court Rules Using Religion to Win Votes Corrupt             1.5.17

The Supreme Court of India delivered a decision Jan. 2 that an appeal by a political candidate to vote or refrain from voting on grounds... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKCHINA | Human Rights Lawyers Issue Message       1.5.17

A new year message calling for “rule-based governance” and “the betterment of human rights in China” has been issued... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKSUDAN | Reverend Released from Prison      1.3.17

Rev. Kuwa Shamal, one of four men on trial in Sudan for national security-related crimes, was released from prison... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKINDIA | Catholic Bishops Conference to Empower Dalit          12.16.16

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India issued a policy document on Dalit empowerment, in which it acknowledged that “caste discrimination is a grave social... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKPAKISTAN | Ahmadi Mosque Attacked    12.14.16

An Ahmadi mosque in Chakwal district, 90 miles south of Islamabad, was attacked by a mob of approximately 1,000 people... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKCHINA | Organs Removed from Prisoner of Conscience    12.13.16

Authorities in China removed organs from the body of Christian prisoner of conscience, Peng Ming, against his family’s wishes... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKEGYPT | Coptic Orthodox Church Attack Kills 25             12.12.16

The funeral service for those who died Dec. 11 in a bomb attack on a church adjoining the main Coptic Orthodox Cathedral took place... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKPAKISTAN | Nine Ahmadis Charged After Raid          12.9.16

Four Ahmadis were arrested Dec. 5 on charges of “hate speech” related to the publication of their community magazine... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKNEPAL | Eight Christians Acquitted in Charikot Case          12.7.16

Eight Christians in Charikot, Nepal, who were accused of attempting to convert children to Christianity through the distribution of a comic book, were acquitted ... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKSUDAN | Four Still Await Justice           12.7.16

CSW is calling for the release of Rev. Hassan Abduraheem, Rev. Kuwa Shamal, Petr Jašek and Abdumonem Abdumawla, ahead of the first anniversary of their... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKCAR | CSW Calls for Civilian Protection Amid Clashes       12.6.16

CSW is calling for the UN peacekeeping mission to prioritize the protection of civilians in the Central African Republic... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKCOLOMBIA | Congress Approves Revised Peace Deal            12.5.16

The revised Colombian peace agreement between the government of Colombia and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia was approved... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKEGYPT | Coptic Community Attacked Because of Rumors          12.5.16

Buildings belonging to the Coptic community of Al-Nagameesh village in the Sohag governorate, Upper Egypt, were attacked Nov. 25 by a mob... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKCHINA | Prisoner of Conscience Peng Ming Dies in Prison                 12.2.16

Peng Ming, a long-term political prisoner, died in prison in Hubei, China, and doubts have been cast over... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKNIGERIA | Church Voices Concern Over Rise in Fulani Attacks       11.18.16

The Evangelical Church Winning (ECWA) has voiced concerns over a surge in attacks by Fulani militia on villages in the Sanga... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKNORTH KOREA | BBC Korean Language Service Welcomed       11.18.16

CSW welcomes the decision by the BBC World Service to provide a Korean language service... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKNIGERIA | Suspects Discharged in Blasphemy Murder       11.14.16

Five suspects detained in connection with the June 2 murder of Bridget Agbahime, a 74-year-old Christian market trader, in Kano State... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKIRAN | Azeri Christians Released From Prison             11.14.16

CSW welcomes news of the release of three Azeri Christians... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKSUDAN | Concerns Arise Over Trial Delays        11.2.16

The trial of Rev. Hassan Abduraheem, Rev. Kuwa Shamal, Petr Jašek and Abdulmonem Abdumawla has been postponed for the second time in two weeks... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKCUBA | Pastor Awaits Outcome of Appeal    11.1.16

Rev. Juan Carlos Núñez Velázquez, from Las Tunas in eastern Cuba, is awaiting the outcome of his appeal... READ THIS STORY