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Christian Solidarity Worldwide works in over 20 countries across Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Latin America, defending everyone’s right to freedom of religion or belief. Three quarters of the world’s population lives in countries with severe restrictions on their religious freedom. It’s one of the most widely-violated human rights in the world. Our vision is of a world where everyone is free to choose their beliefs, to hold and practice any religion they like, or none at all.

  • CHINA | Early Rain Church Members Remain Detained           3.21.19

    Members of Early Rain Church in China continue to be detained, disappeared and harassed following a crackdown on the church in December. A social media post by the church dated March 20 reports that 11 members are still in criminal detention, including Pastor Wang Yi and his wife ... READ THIS STORY

  • INDONESIA | Sentences Handed to Surabaya Suspects        3.20.19

    A married couple was convicted and sentenced to prison for their suspected involvement in the bombing of three churches in Indonesia’s second largest city, Surabaya ... READ THIS STORY

  • NIGERIA | Militia Attacks Kill Nine                                                 3.18.19

    Nine people were killed and 30 homes destroyed March 16 in an attack by Fulani militia in southern Kaduna State, Nigeria. According to survivors, the attack on the Nandu Gbok community in Sanga Local Government Area (LGA) began at around 4 a.m. Victims included women ... READ THIS STORY

  • NIGERIA | Militia Attacks Claim 120 Lives                                     3.14.19

    At least 120 people have died since Feb. 9 in a series of attacks by Fulani militia on communities in the Adara chiefdom of southern Kaduna. The violence comes in the wake of a statement by the Kaduna state governor on the eve of Nigeria’s presidential elections ... READ THIS STORY

  • SUDAN | CSW Warns About Rights Violations                         3.7.19  

    Sudan’s use of newly-created emergency courts to prosecute peaceful protesters violates fundamental human rights, CSW has warned. The Democratic Lawyers Alliance reported that 870 people were transferred to the emergency courts ... READ THIS STORY

  • NIGERIA | Government Ordered to Investigate Killings        3.5.19

    The Court of Justice of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) ordered the Nigerian government to investigate the mass killings and destruction that occurred in Benue state in 2016, and identify and prosecute the perpetrators and compensate ... READ THIS STORY

  • IRAN | Anti-Christian Campaign Continues                                 3.4.19

    Three more Iranian Christians were arrested in the city of Rasht in Gilan province, as part of an ongoing official campaign of repression targeting the country’s Christian community. CSW sources report that two members ... READ THIS STORY

  • CHINA | Lawyer Missing After Release                                          3.1.19

    Chinese human rights lawyer, Jiang Tianyong, disappeared on the scheduled day of his release after two years in prison. According to friends and activists using social media, he was “taken away.” His whereabouts are currently unknown ... READ THIS STORY

  • CUBA | Leaders Labeled Counter-revolutionaries               2.22.19

    The Cuban government has continued to pressure church leaders across the country in the run up to the referendum on a new constitution Feb. 24, accusing them of being mercenaries and counter-revolutionaries. Church and denominational leaders have reported ...READ THIS STORY

  • INDIA | Women’s Prayer Meeting Disrupted                              2.20.19

    A women’s prayer meeting was disrupted Feb. 17 when Hindu hardliners broke up a gathering at a home in Vairichettipalayam village, Trichy District, Tamil Nadu, verbally abused the women and threatened to attack them if they met for prayer again. The prayer meeting was attended ... READ THIS STORY

  • CUBA | Religious Leaders Pressured                                           2.15.19

    Religious leaders in Cuba have come under intense pressure from government officials to ensure their congregations vote yes on the referendum for a new constitution, scheduled for Feb. 24. There are concerns that the current draft ... READ THIS STORY

  • IRAN | Pastor Arrested, Bibles Confiscated                             2.13.19

    CSW has learned that Matthias Haghnejad, a pastor from the Church of Iran denomination, was arrested in the city of Rasht after a church service on Feb. 10. According to CSW sources, Islamic Revolutionary Guard members entered the church where the service was being held ... READ THIS STORY

  • INDIA | Six Wounded in Prayer Meeting Attack                         2.11.19

    Six Christians were seriously injured in a planned ambush by Hindu militants on a prayer meeting in a private home in Uttar Pradesh, India, on Feb. 7. The prayer meeting was held at the home of church leader Pastor Ranjit and was attended by about 40 Christians in Chapar village ... READ THIS STORY

  • ERITREA | Second Muslim Elder Dies in Detention                    2.6.19

    Haji Ibrahim Younus has become the second Muslim elder to die after an extended period in detention in Eritrea, following the death of Haji Musa Mohammed Nur in 2018. According to local sources, Haji Younus, a septuagenarian and a member of the Executive Committee ... READ THIS STORY

  • CHINA | Human Rights Lawyer Sentenced to Prison              1.29.19

    Chinese authorities sentenced human rights lawyer Wang Quanzhang to four-and-a-half years in prison on Jan. 28 after over three years in incommunicado detention. Wang, 42, has reportedly been charged with “subversion of state ... READ THIS STORY

  • INDONESIA | Former Jakarta Governor Released                   1.24.19

    Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, the former governor of Jakarta known popularly as Ahok, was released from prison three months early. In 2017, he was sentenced to two years in prison following his conviction on blasphemy ... READ THIS STORY

  • MEXICO | Authorities Fail to Investigate CRIME                       1.23.18

    Police have failed to investigate the attempted murder of a Jesuit priest on Dec. 13, 2018 in Veracruz state in southern Mexico. Father Raúl Cervera Millán was returning by car to the Jesuit community in Viborillas from the town of Huayacocotla when two people on foot ... READ THIS STORY

  • IRAN | Christians Asked to Renounce Faith                               1.17.19

    CSW has learned that during a final appeal hearing on Jan. 15 in Tehran, Iranian Christians Saheb Fadaie and Fatemeh Bakhteri were asked by presiding judges Hassan Babaee and Ahmad Zargar to renounce their faith but refused to do so. They were subsequently told to expect ... READ THIS STORY

  • SUDAN | Government Urged to End Use of Force                   1.16.19

    CSW is calling on the government of Sudan to end its violent suppression of peaceful protests and to implement longstanding human rights recommendations proffered by UN bodies ... READ THIS STORY

  • CUBA | Constitutional Protections Weakened                       1.14.19

    CSW is deeply concerned that in December 2018, despite calls from the Cuban Catholic Bishops Conference and a cross-denominational coalition of Protestant groups, Cuba’s National Assembly failed to add protections for freedom of religion or belief ... READ THIS STORY

  • CSW | CEO Launches Book                                                                1.11.19

    CSW’s founder and Chief Executive, Mervyn Thomas, launched his autobiography, “Standing Up, Speaking Out,” at an event at the Speaker’s House in Parliament in London on Jan. 8. The book is the story of Thomas’ life and his experiences of campaigning ... READ THIS STORY

  • CHINA | Places of Worship SHUT DOWN Over Christmas    1.4.19

    Members of Early Rain Church in Sichuan continued to be monitored, harassed and prevented from meeting following a spate of arrests beginning Dec. 9. Approximately 23 people are detained or disappeared, including Pastor Wang Yi and his wife ... READ THIS STORY

  • CHINA | Pastor Accused of Inciting Subversion               12.17.18

    Twelve members of Early Rain Church remain in detention following a spate of arrests beginning on Dec. 9. The number includes Pastor Wang Yi and his wife Jiang Rong. Both are accused of “inciting subversion.” At least six other ... READ THIS STORY

  • EGYPT | Arrests Made in November Attack                         12.12.18

    CSW has learned that Egyptian police arrested a number of people in connection with the attack on pilgrims visiting the Monastery of Anba Samuel the Confessor in Minya on Nov. 2, in which seven Christians ... READ THIS STORY

  • CHINA | Police Arrest 100 Church Members                             12.10.18

    Police arrested over 100 members of Early Rain Church in Chengdu, Sichuan Province on Dec. 9, including the church’s pastor and other leaders. In the early hours of Sunday, Dec. 9, the authorities launched a large-scale crackdown. Police searched church ... READ THIS STORY

  • CAR | 40 Killed in Catholic Cathedral Attack                        11.20.18

    At least 40 people were killed in an attack Nov. 15 on the Sacred Heart Cathedral in Aliandao town, Central African Republic (CAR), 200 miles east of the capital Bangui. On Nov. 15, the Cathedral and its surrounding properties, a camp for internally displaced persons ... READ THIS STORY

  • SYRIA | Remaining Druze Hostages Released                   11.14.18 

    CSW welcomed reports that Islamic State (IS, Daesh) released the 17 remaining Druze hostages abducted from Suwayda in southern Syria in July. The hostages, most of whom were women and children, were released Nov. 8 after over three months in captivity ... READ THIS STORY

  • SUDAN | Concerns Raised Over Use of Torture                       11.2.18

    CSW is deeply concerned for the situation of Christians in Sudan's Darfur region after 12 men were arrested by the National Intelligence and Security Service in October. Nine of the men were accused of apostasy and subjected to severe torture ... READ THIS STORY

  • PAKISTAN | Supreme Court Frees Death Row Inmate             10.31.18

    The Supreme Court in Pakistan acquitted Asia Noreen, also known as Asia Bibi, the Christian woman who has been on death row since 2010 after she was falsely accused of blasphemy in 2009. The detailed 56-page judgement delivered by the Pakistan Supreme Court ... READ THIS STORY

  • MEXICO | Police Officer Killed Defending Residence          10.26.18

    A police officer was killed Oct. 21 in an attempted attack on a former Archbishop in Mexico City, the latest in a series of attacks on Catholic priests this month. José Javier Hernández Nava was shot dead when three armed men attempted to break into Cardinal ... READ THIS STORY

  • BURMA | Army Continues Crackdown on Christians           10.18.18

    The United Wa State Army has expelled a group of eight Catholic clergy and laypeople from the Wa region in Burma’s Shan State, which is near the Chinese border, this last week. The case is the latest indicator of an increasing crackdown ... READ THIS STORY

  • NIGERIA | Boko Haram Executes Second Female Hostage   10.16.18

    The al Barnawi faction of the Boko Haram terrorist group has executed the second of three female humanitarian workers it seized in March and stated that the remaining healthcare worker and school girl, Leah Sharibu, will be slaves for the rest of their ... READ THIS STORY

  • CHINA | Authorities Shut Down More Churches                    10.11.18

    At least six unregistered Protestant churches in Guiyang city, Guizhou Province in Southwest China were shut down by authorities Oct. 8. All six churches are from the same district. It’s believed that similar forced closures are occurring in other districts ... READ THIS STORY

  • SYRIA | Islamic State Executes Another Hostage                   10.9.18

    CSW is deeply saddened by news that Islamic State (IS, Daesh) terrorists have executed another Druze hostage in Syria. Footage of the execution was released Oct. 2. The victim, Thuraya Abou Ammar, 25, was one of 37 people abducted during an attack ... READ THIS STORY

  • MEXICO | Protestants Denied Burial Rights                             10.5.18

    Village authorities in Ranchera Yocnajab in the state of Chiapas, Mexico, blocked the local Protestant community from burying one of their dead in the village cemetery last month in response to their refusal to contribute ... READ THIS STORY


  • NIGERIA | Mother Urges for Daughter’s Release                     10.1.18

    The mother of kidnapped schoolgirl Leah Sharibu called on the government of Nigeria to do everything in its power to secure her daughter’s release, among concerns about the recent  ... READ THIS STORY

  • SUDAN | CSW Concerned About Terminated Mandate             10.1.18

    CSW is deeply concerned by the resolution passed by the United Nations Human Rights Council on Sept. 28 that signals the termination of the mandate of the Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in Sudan, a move that effectively downgrades ... READ THIS STORY

  • INDIA | Pastors Arrested, Church Services Disrupted        9.26.18

    At least 10 pastors were arrested along with their family members on Sept. 23 while they were participating in Sunday church services across the state of Uttar Pradesh, India. A number of Christians were also threatened by the the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh ... READ THIS STORY

  • CHINA | Concerns Raised About Vatican Agreement            9.25.18

    The Vatican’s recent decision to sign a provisional agreement on the appointment of bishops with China, which comes amid a crackdown on religious communities across the country, including the detention of Catholic clergy and restrictions on their religious practice ... READ THIS STORY

  • COLOMBIA | Illegal Armed Group Assassinates Pastor        9.24.18

    Pastor Elfren Martnez Prez, 55, was shot and killed Sept. 16 outside his home in Antioquia, Colombia by members of an illegal armed group. Pastor Martínez Pérez led Nueva Filadelfia Church, in the hamlet of La Ilusión near the city of Caucasia. According to CSW partners ... READ THIS STORY

  • CUBA | Leaders Seek Complete Religious Freedom                9.24.18

    A cross-denominational group of Christian leaders from some of the largest Protestant denominations in Cuba, led by the Methodist Church of Cuba and Assemblies of God leaders, have launched an unprecedented campaign to push for comprehensive protections for freedom ... READ THIS STORY

  • NIGERIA | Boko Haram Executes Hostage                                   9.18.18

    The al Barnawi faction of the Boko Haram terrorist group executed one of three female humanitarian workers it seized in May and threatened to kill the remaining hostages, including school girl Leah Sharibu, unless the Nigerian government responds ... READ THIS STORY

  • CHINA | Draft Regulations LimiT INFORMATION Sharing         9.13.18

    China issued draft regulations on the management of Internet Religious Information Services on Sept. 10, which stipulate those wishing to disseminate religious teachings and information online must apply for a license and meet certain ... READ THIS STORY



  • NIGERIA | Shooting Deaths in Militia Attacks                            9.4.18

    At least 11 people were killed and 12 injured Sept. 2 in a drive-by shooting by Fulani militia in the Du community of Jos South Local Government Area, Plateau state. According to eyewitnesses, members of the Fulani militia arrived in a Hilux van at Latiya at about 8:30 p.m. ... READ THIS STORY

  • BURMA | Journalists’ Jailing Undermines Law                          9.3.18

    Two Reuters journalists were sentenced to seven years in prison Sept. 3 after exposing a massacre of Rohingyas in Rakhine State, Burma which took place a year ago. Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo were investigating the killing of 10 Rohingya men in Rakhine State by the Burma Army ... READ THIS STORY