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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.

  • 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

  • NIGERIA | Herder Militia Attack Death Toll Rises                   6.29.18

    The number of deaths in attacks by Fulani herder militia on communities in the Barkin Ladi, Bokkos and Riyom Local Government Areas (LGAs) of Plateau State, Nigeria from June 22-24 currently stands at 238. The death toll was confirmed in a press release ... READ THIS STORY

  • NIGERIA | Herder Militia Responsible for 106 Attacks          6.25.18

    Fulani herder militia perpetrated at least 106 attacks on communities in central Nigeria in the first quarter of 2018, claiming 1,061 lives, according to research by CSW. An additional 11 attacks on communities recorded in the south ... READ THIS STORY


  • CHINA | Pastor Released from Prison                                       6.20.18

    Pastor Yang Hua of Living Stone Church in Guizhou Province, China was released from prison in the early hours of June 19 after completing a two-and-a-half-year sentence. According to friends and supporters, he is in urgent need of medical care ... READ THIS STORY

  • VIETNAM | Activists Released into Exile                                      6.8.18

    Vietnamese lawyer and pro-democracy activist Nguyen Van Dai and his colleague Le Thu Hua were released from prison into exile on June 7. According to news reports, they were released from prison and allowed ... READ THIS STORY

  • VIETNAM | Sentences Upheld for Rights Defenders                6.5.18

    Four Vietnamese human rights defenders, including pastor and activist Nguyen Trung Ton, had their sentences upheld in an appeal trial June 4. The four activists were among six individuals sentenced to between seven and 15 years in prison ... READ THIS STORY

  • IRAN | Christian Faces Spurious Charges After Arrest        6.5.18

    CSW learned that a Christian named Mohammadali Yassaghi, who is also known as "Estifan," was arrested April 10 and accused of “spreading propaganda against the establishment” and later transported to Babol prison in the province ... READ THIS STORY

  • INDIA | Christians Arrested Under Anti-Conversion Law      6.4.18

    Four Christians in the district of Simdega, Jharkhand state, India were arrested on charges of conversion on May 29. Local monitoring sources have informed CSW that the charges are false and that this is a case of collusion between the local police ... READ THIS STORY

  • MEXICO | Seventh Day Adventists Detained                             5.30.18

    Two men from the Iglesia Adventista (Seventh Day Adventists) in Santo Domingo Corona, Chiapas state, Mexico, were arrested May 23 in San Miguel Chiptic, where local officials have attempted to forcibly expel members of the Iglesia Adventista from their homes ... READ THIS STORY

  • PAKISTAN | Mosque, Building Destroyed                                    5.29.18

    An Ahmadi mosque and a nearby historical building in Sialkot, Punjab province, Pakistan, were destroyed by a mob of 600 to 700 people May 23 while police and municipal authorities stood by.  The historical building, a property where the founder of the ... READ THIS STORY

  • ALGERIA | Christians Unjustly Convicted                                 5.21.18

    CSW’s sources confirmed that two Algerian Christians were convicted and fined for proselytizing. During a hearing on May 16, Noureddeine, a 30-year-old Christian man from the city of Tiaret, was found guilty of proselytizing ... READ THIS STORY


  • NEPAL | Churches Targeted in Arson Attacks                         5.16.18

    Four Christian Churches in Nepal were attacked over a five-day period by unidentified assailants. The attacks, which began May 9, targeted Mahima Church in Dhangadhi, Emmanuel Church in Kanchanpur and Emmanuel Church Budor ... READ THIS STORY

  • BURMA | Army Targets Christian Mission School                   5.15.18

    Burmese military jetfighters bombed the Kachin Baptist Mission School in Bawmwang village, northern Kachin State, at 11 a.m. on May 12. While there were no casualties, the bombs hit buildings belonging to the school ... READ THIS STORY

  • ERITREA | Minute of Silence Held at Vigil                                   5.15.18

    On May 17, CSW will join Human Rights Concern Eritrea, Release Eritrea, the Medhanie Alem Eritrean Orthodox Church and the British Orthodox Church to protest the continuing repression of freedom of religion or belief in Eritrea. The protest vigil, which will take place opposite ... READ THIS STORY

  • INDONESIA | Churches Hit in Bomb Attacks                               5.14.18

    Three churches in Indonesia’s second-largest city, Surabaya, were hit in bomb attacks which killed 13 people and injured dozens May 13. The bombings are described as the worst terrorist attack in Indonesia since 2005 ... READ THIS STORY

  • CHINA | Independent Church Pastors Under Pressure         5.14.18

    Pastor Su Tianfu of Living Stone Church in Guizhou Province, China was sentenced to one year in prison which was suspended for two years with a further six months’ residential ... READ THIS STORY

  • VIETNAM | Nuns Beaten During Peaceful Protest                   5.10.18

    A group of Catholic nuns peacefully protesting construction on land belonging to their congregation were physically assaulted May 9 by unknown assailants. According to the Association to Protect Freedom of Religion, nuns of the Sisters of St. Paul in Hanoi marched ... READ THIS STORY

  • INDIA | Compensation Awarded to Kandhamal Victims         5.10.18

    The Delhi High Court has awarded enhanced compensation to 14 Christians who were victims of targeted attacks in Kandhamal in 2008, in a step that has been welcomed as evidence of the judiciary’s commitment to protecting freedom of religion ... READ THIS STORY

  • IRAN | Sentences Upheld for Christians                                    5.9.18

    CSW has confirmed that the 10-year sentences handed down to Pastor Yousef Nadarkhani, Mohammadreza Omidi (Youhan), Yasser Mossayebzadeh and Saheb Fadaie in July 2017 have been upheld on appeal. Lawyers representing the four Christian men were notified ... READ THIS STORY

  • NEPAL | Catholic Church Set on Fire                                           5.9.18

    St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Kohalpur, Banke District in Nepal was set on fire at around 1 a.m. on May 5 by unidentified arsonists. Local sources informed CSW that people living in the vicinity of the church were told by the perpetrators to go into their homes ... READ THIS STORY

  • CAR | Gunman Attack Mass Service                                               5.4.18

    At least 15 people were killed and 100 were injured when gunmen attacked a mass service at the Our Lady Fatima Church in Bangui, Central African Republic on May 1. A Catholic Priest was among those killed ... READ THIS STORY

  • INDIA | Bible School Disrupted by Hindu Nationalist             5.3.18

    A church-run vacation Bible school was disrupted when two men stormed into the Victory and Light Prayer House in Palavanatham village, Virudhunagar District, Tamil Nadu on May 1. The annual vacation Bible school was attended by approximately 50 children ... READ THIS STORY

  • NIGERIA | Churches Protest Violence                                           5.1.18

    Churches across Nigeria protested peacefully April 29 against Fulani herder militia violence and the continuing captivity of Leah Sharibu and 112 girls from Chibok, who are being held by Boko Haram terrorists. The nationwide protests ... READ THIS STORY

  • BURMA | Renewed Fighting in Kachin State                                  5.1.18

    The Kachin community worldwide has appealed to the United Nations Security Council to refer the government of Burma to the International Criminal Court amid reports that new Burma Army offensives have resulted ... READ THIS STORY

  • ERITREA | Jehovah’s Witnesses Die in Prison        4.30.18

    Two elderly Jehovah’s Witnesses, who had been detained since 2008, reportedly died in early 2018 in Mai Serwa Prison near the Eritrean capital, Asmara. According to a press release from the Jehovah’s Witnesses, dated April 25 ... READ THIS STORY

  • NIGERIA | Priests Killed During Morning Mass                        4.25.18

    Two Catholic priests were killed during morning Mass when Mbalom village in Gwer West Local Government Area (LGA) of Benue State, Nigeria, was attacked in the early hours of April 24 by members of the Fulani herder ... READ THIS STORY

  • CHINA | Protestant, Catholic Churches Under Pressure   4.23.18

    CSW is concerned by reports that authorities in China’s Henan Province have demolished crosses and churches, destroyed religious materials, and forbidden children from attending services in Protestant and Catholic ... READ THIS STORY

  • INDIA |  Anti-Christian Campaigns Increase                              4.23.18

    A Christian laborer from the District of Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, was attacked April 19 by a neighbor who accused him of sharing his faith to Hindus. There are growing concerns about the rise in anti-Christian campaigns ... READ THIS STORY

  • BURMA | Kachin Christians Freed from Prison                       4.20.18

    Two ethnic Kachin Christians, who were imprisoned in 2017 for assisting journalists reporting on the bombing of a Catholic Church by the Burma Army, were freed April 18 along with approximately 34 other political ... READ THIS STORY

  • NIGERIA | Prayer, Fasting Called for Leah Sharibu               4.20.18

    The Evangelical Church Winning All called for three days of prayer and fasting for the release of Leah Sharibu, the Nigerian school girl held by the Boko Haram terrorist group for refusing to renounce her faith in exchange ... READ THIS STORY

  • PAKISTAN | Third Attack on Christians in Five Months          4.19.18

    Two Christian men were killed and three injured April 15 after unknown gunmen opened fire on the Christian neighborhood of Essa Nagri in Quetta, Balochistan Province. As worshippers were leaving a church service in Essa Nagri, four unidentified assailants ... READ THIS STORY

  • VIETNAM | Lawyer Sentenced to 15 Years                                    4.5.18

    Six Vietnamese defendants, tried on April 5, were sentenced to 7-15 years in prison for activities against the state. Christian human rights lawyer Nguyen Van Dai received the longest sentence of 15 years in prison and a further ... READ THIS STORY

  • VIETNAM | Religious Freedom Defenders Stand Trial             4.3.18

    Six Vietnamese defendants, including Christian human rights lawyer and pro-democracy activist Nguyen Van Dai, pastor and activist Nguyen Trung Ton and legal expert Nguyen Bac Truyen, will stand trial April 5. They are accused of “carrying out activities aimed at overthrowing ... READ THIS STORY