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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.

  • 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

  • PAKISTAN | Men Acquitted of Murdering Couple                    3.28.18

    On March 24, an anti-terrorism court in Lahore, Pakistan, acquitted 20 men accused in the murder of Christian couple, Shama and Shezad Masih, who were burned to death by a mob in November 2014. Shama and Shezad Masih worked as bonded laborers ... READ THIS STORY

  • NIGERIA | Call to Prayer for Sharibu                                        3.26.18

    Churches worldwide held prayers March 25 in response to a call to prayer issued by the Christian Association of Nigeria for the release of Leah Sharibu, the Christian girl from Dapchi, Nigeria, who is being held by the Boko Haram terrorist group for refusing ... READ THIS STORY

  • NIGERIA | Lawyers Call for Release of Girl                             3.23.18

    The Christian Lawyers Fellowship of Nigeria called on President Buhari to ensure the release of Leah Sharibu, the Christian girl from Dapchi currently being held by the Boko Haram terrorist group for refusing to renounce ... READ THIS STORY

  • IRAN | Church Served Eviction Notice                                         3.9.18

    CSW has learned that a retreat center belonging to the Assemblies of God Churches in Iran was served with an evacuation notice March 7. The notice was served to the caretakers of the Sharon Retreat Centre by law enforcement ... READ THIS STORY

  • SRI LANKA | State of Emergency Following Violence              3.7.18

    A 10-day state of emergency has been imposed in Sri Lanka in the wake of communal violence between Buddhist nationalists and the Muslim community in Digana and Teldeniya, in Kandy administrative district. In Ampara, in Sri Lanka’s Eastern Province, communal violence ... READ THIS STORY

  • ERITREA | Muslim Elder Dies in Detention                                    3.6.18

    Haji Musa Mohammed Nur, the highly-respected nonagenarian Honorary President of Al Diaa Islamic School in Asmara, has died in detention. Initial reports state that he died March 2. However, according to Gedab News Haji Musa may have died March 1 ... READ THIS STORY

  • CUBA | Religious Freedom Defender Released                          3.2.18

    A prominent Cuban advocate for freedom of religion or belief, Leonardo Rodríguez Alonso, was released from detention March 2. He was detained Feb. 28 and held without charge in the Provincial Unit for Investigations in the city of Santa Clara until March 2 ... READ THIS STORY

  • CUBA | Defender Detained, Churches Harassed                     2.28.18

    A prominent Cuban advocate for freedom of religion or belief, Leonardo Rodríguez Alonso, was detained Feb. 28 in Villa Clara and is being held without charge in the Provincial Unit for Investigations in the city of Santa Clara. Rodriguez Alonso is a regional coordinator for the Patmos  ... READ THIS STORY

  • CHINA | Death of Human Rights Lawyer Suspicious              2.26.18

    Well-known Chinese Christian human rights lawyer, Li Baiguang, died in a military hospital Feb. 25, despite being in good health just days before. There are concerns the authorities were involved in his death ... READ THIS STORY

  • SUDAN | Government Demolishes Church                                 2.14.18

    CSW has learned that a Sudanese Evangelical Presbyterian Church in El Haj Yousif, Khartoum North, was demolished Feb. 11 by Sudanese security agents. Witnesses reported that at least three police trucks arrived ... READ THIS STORY

  • MEXICO | Catholic Priests Killed                                                 2.12.18

    CSW is calling for a full investigation into the murders of two Roman Catholic priests in Mexico. Father Iván Añorve Jaimes and Father Germain Muñiz Garcia were killed when armed men attacked the vehicle in which they were travelling in the early hours ... READ THIS STORY

  • VIETNAM | Hoa Hao Buddhists Sentenced                                  2.12.18

    Six Hoa Hao Buddhists in Vietnam have been sentenced to up to six years in prison after holding a peaceful demonstration against suppression of the right to freedom of religion or belief. Bui Van Trung, Bui Van Tham, Nguyen Hoang Nam, Le Thi Hong Hanh and Bui Thi Bich Tuyen were ... READ THIS STORY

  • CUBA | Number of Violations Remains High                              1.24.18

    The wife of a Cuban political prisoner ended her 19-day hunger strike Jan. 23 after Cuban authorities made verbal promises to respect the rights of her husband. Ariana López Roque was protesting the treatment of her husband, Misael Díaz Paseiro, who is serving ... READ THIS STORY

  • CHINA | Crackdown on Unregistered Churches                     1.22.18

    Christians have been detained and churches shut down or destroyed in China in the month before revised Regulations on Religious Affairs are due to come into effect on Feb. 1, which strengthen state control over religious activities in China and include special provisions ... READ THIS STORY

  • IRAN | Christians Receive Eight Year Sentences                       1.11.18

    Two Iranian Christians were sentenced to a total of eight years in prison by a revolutionary court in December 2017 after being convicted of national security-related crimes. Suroush Saraie and Eskandar Rezaie, who are both members of the Church of Iran denomination, each ... READ THIS STORY

  • CUBA | Priest Detained, Pressured                                               1.10.18

    Cuban Yoruba priest, Alexei Mora Montalvo, was forcibly detained by the Cuban political police Jan. 5. Mora Montalvo was travelling on a moped with Guillermo del Sol Pérez, an independent journalist who reports on issues related to the right to freedom of religion or belief ... READ THIS STORY