Christian persecution

Chinese police arrest 46 after violent protest over schooling

Chinese Kindergartners Forced to Sign Atheist Manifesto

The Education Bureau of the Chinese district of Lishan has launched a campaign to eradicate religious belief in kindergartens, which includes having the schoolchildren sign a commitment statement promising to avoid religious activities.

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Pakistan Supreme Court Frees Blasphemy Law Victim Asia Bibi Again

Pakistan’s Supreme Court dismissed a final petition to appeal the liberation of Asia Bibi, a Christian mother sentenced to death on what the court found were false charges of blasphemy against Islam, on Tuesday, technically setting Bibi free after nearly a decade in prison.

A woman prays inside the Christian Glory church in Wuhan on September 23, 2018. - The landmark deal between China and the Vatican is a win for Beijing, giving official recognition to bishops appointed by the government despite a crackdown on religion, and potentially softening the ground for full diplomatic …

Report: 245 Million Christians Facing ‘Extreme’ Persecution Worldwide

WASHINGTON, DC — North Korea remains at the top of a list of 50 countries where at least 245 million Christians are facing “extreme” persecution” this year, up 14 percent from 215 million at the beginning of 2018, the World Wide Watch List (WWL) released on Wednesday by Open Doors, a group that monitors the mistreatment of Christ followers, revealed.

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China Defends ‘War on Christmas’: ‘Excessive Commercialization Is Curbed’

China’s state-run Global Times newspaper defended in a Sunday column widespread crackdowns on Christmas displays and public celebration of the Christian holiday, claiming Western media reporting on the matter had “gone too far” and police action was necessary to “regulate excessive commercialization.” These crackdowns transpired in at least four major cities.

"From the sermon "Be Filled with the Holy Spirit" preached on Oct. 28, 2018 at Early Rain Covenant Church in Chengdu, China."

China Charges Pastor with ‘Subversion’ After Church Raids

Chinese authorities announced on Thursday that they are holding Pastor Wang Yi of the Early Rain Covenant Church on suspicion of “subversion” despite an international outcry from religious freedom advocates and human rights organizations.

protesters demand the release of Asia Bibi at a Karachi rally, November 25, 2010/Akhtar Soomro

China, Pakistan Lead State Department List of Religious Persecutors

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced the 2018 list of Countries of Particular Concern under the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998 on Tuesday, listing China, Pakistan, and Saudi Arabia at the top of the list of the world’s worst abusers of religious rights.

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Report: Half a Billion Christians Facing Global Persecution

More than 60 percent of the world’s population of more than 7.5 billion reside in countries where the right to religious freedom is obstructed or denied. An estimated 505 million Christians face persecution for following their faith, a Catholic NGO Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) report indicated this week.

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Pakistan PM Launches Global Campaign Against Blasphemy

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday declared that Islamabad, which the U.S. placed on a special watch list for “severe violations of religious freedom” this year, would spearhead an international campaign against the defamation of religion and make using freedom of speech as a pretext to commit blasphemy a crime.

Supporters of Tehreek-e-Labaik Pakistan (TLP), a hardline religious political party hold placards as they march during a protest in Rawalpindi on October 12, 2018, demanding for hanging to a blasphemy convict Christian woman Asia Bibi, who is on death row. - Religious hardliners in Pakistan on October 10 threatened judges …

D’Souza: If America Does Not Speak Up, Asia Bibi Has No Chance of Surviving in Pakistan

Asia Bibi — the Christian mother of five sentenced to death nearly a decade ago under Pakistan’s arcane blasphemy laws — is, in effect, still facing a sentence, despite the Supreme Court of Pakistan overturning her actual death sentence on October 31, acquitting her of all charges, and authorizing her immediate release.