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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.

  • 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

  • CHINA | Church Crackdown Continues in Henan             8.31.18

    A crackdown on Protestant and Catholic churches by authorities in Henan continues to violate religious communities’ freedom of religion or belief across the province. In April 2018, CSW reported that authorities in Henan Province had demolished crosses and churches ... READ THIS STORY

  • PAKISTAN | Second Attack on an Ahmadi Mosque                   8.30.18

    An Ahmadi mosque in Ghaseet Pura, Faisalabad was attacked by a mob Aug. 23 injuring five Ahmadis. The incident occurred after a minor personal dispute between some Ahmadis and Sunni Muslims escalated into a heated ... READ THIS STORY

  • NIGERIA | Sharibu Appeals to Nigerian President                  8.28.18

    An audio recording has emerged of the abducted school girl, Leah Sharibu, calling on the Nigerian presidency to facilitate her release. In the 35-second recording secured by a Nigerian news agency, Sharibu asks “the government and people of goodwill to intervene” to end her ... READ THIS STORY

  • SUDAN | Case Dismissed Against Church Leaders                   8.14.18

    CSW learned the criminal case against the elected president and senior leaders of the Sudanese Church of Christ (SCOC) was dismissed on Aug. 9. Eight leaders of the SCOC were arrested Aug. 23, 2017 and charged with trespassing on the church ... READ THIS STORY

  • SYRIA | Druze Hostage Killed                                                          8.6.18

    CSW is saddened by news that one of the hostages abducted by the Islamic State (IS, Daesh) during the attack on Suwayda in southern Syria on July 25 was executed Aug. 2. CSW’s sources confirmed that Muhannad Zouqan ... READ THIS STORY

  • CHINA | Churches Call for Rights to be Respected               7.27.18

    Thirty-four churches in Beijing issued a joint declaration calling on the government to respect the basic freedom and rights of religious citizens and affirming the churches’ commitment to stand together at a time when Chinese Christians are facing ... READ THIS STORY

  • IRAN | Christians Arrested, Taken to Serve Sentences         7.27.18

    Three members of the Church of Iran denomination were arrested in Rasht, days after the violent arrest of their pastor, Yousef Nadarkhani. According to CSW’s sources, Saheb Fadaie and Mohammedreza Omidi were arrested July 24 ... READ THIS STORY

  • SYRIA | Islamic State Targets Religious Minority                   7.26.18

    CSW condemns the deadly attacks by the Islamic State (IS) that claimed the lives of hundreds of civilians in southern Syria on July 25. IS terrorists conducted a number of suicide attacks in markets and residential areas in As-Suwayda Governorate and stormed villages ... READ THIS STORY

  • TURKEY | Pastor Moved to House Arrest                                  7.26.18

    Pastor Andrew Brunson, the American Pastor held in Turkey on national security charges, was escorted by police convoy from prison to a place of house arrest on July 25 ... READ THIS STORY

  • IRAN | Pastor Nadarkhani Arrested in Violent Raid              7.23.18

    Pastor Yousef Nadarkhani was detained following a violent raid on his home in Rasht by the police on the morning of July 22. CSW’s sources report that police smashed the front door of the pastor’s home, punched the pastor ... READ THIS STORY

  • TURKEY | Court Denies Pastor Release Request                     7.20.18

    A Turkish court denied a request for an American pastor facing terrorism-related charges to be released pending the outcome of his trial. Pastor Andrew Brunson, who has been detained since Oct. 7, 2016, is accused of having links to the Gulen movement, the organization deemed  ... READ THIS STORY

  • EGYPT | Community Attacked Following Facebook Post      7.17.18

    Several houses belonging to Coptic Christians in Minbal village in the Mattay region of Minya governorate in Upper Egypt were attacked by a mob July 9, following the publication of a Facebook post which was deemed to be ... READ THIS STORY

  • INDIA | Pastor, Wife Attacked                                                          7.11.18

    Pastor Paul Stephen was badly beaten and his wife, Prathiba Stephen, was assaulted in an attempted rape that took place during an attack on their house church by Hindu nationalists in Paguthampalayam, in India’s southern Tamil Nadu state ... READ THIS STORY

  • INDIA | Hindu Radicals Disrupt Prayer Meeting                         7.9.18

    A mob of 20 men attacked Yeshu Darbar Church in Pratapgarh District, Uttar Pradesh, India on July 2. The perpetrators were identified as belonging to Hindu Yuva Vahini, a youth ... READ THIS STORY

  • IRAN | Christian Released from Prison                                        7.9.18

    CSW learned that Mohammadali Yassaghi, an Iranian Christian, also known as Estifan, was released from prison June 25 following a hearing at the 102nd branch of the Revolutionary ... READ THIS STORY

  • CHINA | Lawyer Highlighted on Crackdown Anniversary     7.9.18

    CSW is calling for the release of Wang Quanzhang and those who are still detained following a spate of arrests of human rights lawyers across China, which began July 9, 2015. Over 300 lawyers, human rights defenders and their colleagues and family members were detained ... READ THIS STORY