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Image courtesy of CSW-UKVIETNAM | Organizations Call for Release of Prisoners        11.13.17

A joint initiative by 14 Vietnamese and international organizations, including Christian Solidarity Worldwide, is calling for the immediate and unconditional release... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKCHINA | North Korean Defectors Face Forcible Repatriation      11.8.17

CSW is calling on the Chinese government to halt moves to forcibly repatriate 10 North Korean defectors... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKSUDAN | Religious Leaders Unjustly Convicted           11.6.17

Two leaders of the Sudan Evangelical Presbyterian Church were unjustly convicted on Oct. 30 of criminal misappropriation and criminal trespass... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKERITREA | Government Clampdown Sparks Protest          11.3.17

Infringements on the right to education of children from two of Eritrea’s permitted religious groups caused a rare show of public resistance against... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKBURMA | Kachin Christians Jailed             11.2.17

Dumdaw Nawng Lat, 67, was sentenced to four years and three months in prison, while Langjaw Gam Seng, 35, was sentenced to two years and three months in prison on Oct. 27. In 2016, the ethnic Kachin Christians... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKBURMA | Kachin Christians Jailed After Exposing Church Destruction          10.27.17

Dumdaw Nawng Lat, 67, was sentenced to four years and three months in prison, and Langjaw Gam Seng, 35, was sentenced to two years and three months in prison... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKIRAQ | Christians Forced to Flee           10.26.17

CSW is deeply concerned about recent clashes between the Kurdish Peshmerga forces and the Iraqi Army in the Nineveh Plains of Northern ... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKNEPAL | President Signs Anticonversion Bill into Law             10.20.17

A Criminal Code Bill, which includes clauses that criminalize religious conversion and the “hurting of religious sentiment,” was signed into law... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKNIGERIA | Attack Claims Over 30 Lives       10.19.17

A Fulani herder militia attack in Plateau State on Oct. 15 claimed the lives of over 30 victims, the majority of whom... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKEGYPT | Extremist Murders Orthodox Priest              10.16.17

A 50 year-old Coptic Orthodox priest from Upper Egypt was stabbed to death, and another was wounded, by a suspected extremist... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKCHINA | Commentary by Detained Human Rights Lawyer Released          10.16.17

A new commentary by Chinese human rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng said the human rights situation in China has deteriorated to an unprecedented level... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKNIGERIA | Journalist Released From Custody    10.13.17

Journalist Luka Binniyat was reunited with his family on Oct. 12, after spending 96 days in custody on charges related to the publication... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKSUDAN | Protests Against Forced Sunday Opening        10.11.17

Sixty Christian and Muslim parents gathered outside the Council of Ministers in Khartoum on Sept. 10 to protest against an order requiring Christian schools to open... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKCUBA | Charges Dropped Against Activist    10.6.17

Felix Yuniel Llerena López, a religious freedom activist, was informed Oct. 2 that criminal charges against him were dropped by Cuban state security... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKTURKEY | President Proposes Unacceptable Exchange    10.4.17

The president of Turkey has suggested an American pastor, who has been jailed for over a year, could be released in exchange for the extradition... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKBURMA | Army Arms Embargo Called For       9.19.17

CSW urged the United Nations to take immediate action to stop the Burma Army’s campaign of ethnic cleansing against the Rohingya people, in an oral statement... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKERITREA | Questions Arise Concerning Patriarch Status       9.15.17

There are renewed questions regarding the current status of Patriarch Antonios of the Eritrean Orthodox Church, after he failed to deliver the traditional televised ... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKINDIA | Journalist, Rights Activist Killed    9.8.17

Gauri Lankesh, a senior journalist and activist, was shot dead by three unidentified assailants outside her home in Rajarajeshwari Nagar, Bengaluru... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKKENYA | Residents Call for Enhanced Security    9.8.17

Residents of Lamu County held protests on Sept. 6 and 7 demanding enhanced security measures after four men were beheaded and several houses raided... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKCHINA | Revisions to Religious Regulations Released    9.8.17

China’s State Council recently released a set of revisions to the 2005 Regulations on Religious Affairs which strengthen state control over religious... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKIRAN | Christian Children Face Education Ultimatum    9.7.17

CSW was informed that children from families belonging to the Church of Iran denomination in the cities of Rasht and Shiraz were told they must either study Shi’a Islam... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKNIGERIA | Journalist Denied Bail Review       9.6.17

Journalist Luka Binniyat was remanded in custody for 40 additional days on Aug. 31 after a judge refused to review... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKSUDAN | Church Challenges Government Interference       9.1.17

The Sudanese Church of Christ is challenging a government decision to impose an unelected leadership committee on the church. The Ministry of Guidance and Religious Endowments, which oversees... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKIRAN | Four Christians to Appear Before Appeal Court    8.31.17

CSW was informed that the appeal hearing for Pastor Yousef Nadarkhani, Mohammadreza Omidi (Youhan), Yasser Mossayebzadeh and Saheb Fadaie will be heard by a judge accused of having overseen miscarriages of justice... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKSUDAN | Synod Leader Released on Bail    8.23.17

Rev. Yahia Nalou, leader of the Sudan Evangelical Presbyterian Church's Synod, was arrested Aug. 21, charged with trespass for allegedly entering ... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKNEPAL | Bill Criminalizes Religious Conversion          8.22.17

The Nepali parliament passed a Bill on Aug. 8 criminalizing religious conversion and the “hurting of religious sentiment.” It is expected to become law... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKKENYA | Three Killed in Attack       8.21.17

At least three men were beheaded and several houses torched Aug. 18 during an early morning raid on a village on the northern coast of Kenya by members... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKERITREA | Christian Mother Dies in Prison    8.11.17

Fikadu Debesay, who was detained with her husband in May during raids targeting Evangelical Christians in Adi Quala town, Eritrea, died... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKCHINA | Hong Kong Christian Politician Allegedly Tortured       8.11.17

Howard Lam, a Christian and member of Hong Kong's Democratic Party, said he was abducted and tortured by men believed to be Chinese... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKCHINA | Church Deacon Released on Probation    8.9.17

Zhang Xiuhong, the former deacon of Living Stone Church, Guizhou Province, was released on Aug. 7 after spending more than two... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKCUBA | Pastor Permitted to Resume Work                8.9.17

Pastor Ramon Rigal, of the Church of God in Cuba, appeared in court Aug. 8, where he was informed that he will be allowed to resume... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKVIETNAM | Lawyer Imprisoned 600 Days Without Trial    8.8.17

Activists in London, Dublin and Prague marked the 600th day of the unjust imprisonment of Vietnamese human rights lawyer, Nguyen Van Dai with a solidarity action... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKCUBA | Pastor Barred From Working as Church Leader             8.4.17

Pastor Ramon Rigal, of the Church of God in Cuba, was informed by government officials in Guantanamo Province on July 31 that he is no longer permitted... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKINDIA | Jharkhand State Introduces Anti-Conversion Bill             8.4.17

An anti-conversion bill was approved in India’s Jharkhand State on Aug. 2 and may become law if it is approved... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKERITREA | Patriarch Still Held Incommunicado              8.4.17

CSW is concerned that the legitimate patriarch of the Eritrean Orthodox Church, Abune Antonios, has not been seen in public since attending Mass ... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKVIETNAM | Prisoner of Conscience Released        7.31.17

Pastor Nguyen Cong Chinh, a Vietnamese pastor and former prisoner of conscience, arrived with his family in the U.S. following release from prison... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKNIGERIA | Journalist Returned to Jail    7.21.17

Luka Binniyat, a Christian journalist in Nigeria’s Kaduna State, has been returned to jail following a bail hearing... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKERITREA | Concerns Expressed About Patriarch’s Wellness           7.19.17

Concerns are being expressed regarding the well-being of the patriarch of the Eritrean Orthodox Church, as further information emerges of the circumstances ... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKNIGERIA | Concerns Raised About Prosecuted Journalist    7.17.17

CSW is concerned at the remanding in custody of a Christian journalist for publishing an incorrect story... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKERITREA | Patriarch Participates in Sunday Mass       7.17.17

CSW confirmed that the legitimate patriarch of the Eritrean Orthodox Church, Abune Antonius, who has been under house arrest since 2007, participated... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKIRAN | More Christians Receive Excessive Sentences    7.12.17

CSW learned that Pastor Yousef Nadarkhani, Mohammadreza Omidi, Yasser Mossayebzadeh and Saheb Fadaie were sentenced to 10 years in prison each... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKTANZANIA | Christians Arrested for Cooking During Ramadan    7.10.17

CSW is concerned to learn that three Christians were arrested in Zanzibar on June 16 for cooking food in a private home during... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKIRAN | Christians Receive 10-Year Sentences    7.4.17

A judge in Iran sentenced four Christians to 10 years imprisonment each for engaging in missionary activities and “conducting activities against national security... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKVIETNAM | CSW Calls for Release of Religious Freedom Defenders     7.4.17

CSW, together with over 40 human rights and civil society organizations, called on the Prime Minister of Vietnam to release... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKVIETNAM | Investigation Called for in Suspicious Death    7.4.17

In an open letter to the Vietnamese Minister of Public Security, over 30 civil society organizations, including CSW, have called for an independent, impartial and effective investigation... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKCHINA | Pastor Zhang Shaojie Tortured    6.28.17

Pastor Zhang Shaojie of Nanle Country Christian Church, Henan Province, is barely alive after suffering various forms of torture in prison... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKIRAN | Notorious Judge Intervenes in Court Hearing    6.28.17

CSW has learned that during a court hearing June 14 for four members of the Church of Iran denomination in Rasht, who are charged with “action against... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKERITREA | Christian Women Held in Island Prison    6.28.17

CSW has learned that 33 Eritrean women are being held in an infamous island prison in the Red Sea... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKSRI LANKA | Human Rights Lawyer Threatened    6.27.17

Prominent Sri Lankan human rights lawyer, Lakshan Dias, was criticized by government officials and threatened with being disbarred... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKCUBA | Religious Freedom Defender Blocked from Leaving          6.19.17

A religious freedom defender was blocked from leaving Cuba to attend a conference on human rights and democracy... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKPAKISTAN | Death Sentence for Blasphemy on Facebook       6.15.17

Taimoor Raza, a Shi’a Muslim, became the first person to be sentenced to death by Pakistan’s Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) on June 10, for allegedly... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKERITREA | 122 Christians Detained               6.15.17

CSW was informed that 122 Eritrean Christians were detained during the month of May in a series of round-ups... READ THIS STORY


Image courtesy of CSW-UKPAKISTAN | Christian Sanitation Worker Dies    6.12.17

A Christian sanitation worker, who fell ill after cleaning a manhole, died at Civil Hospital in Sindh on June 1 after he was refused treatment... READ THIS STORY