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Burials are one example of the ways in which Christians are put under pressure across Central Asia. (World Watch Monitor)

Tajikistan: Christian convert’s burial delayed as relatives call for husband to...

When an elderly Christian woman from a Muslim background died last week in a Tajikistan hospital, her husband Mihrab* and children – all of them Christians – organised a funeral ceremony and invited people from their church. But Mihrab’s Muslim relatives also invited local Muslims, including a cleric, who demanded […]

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(Source: UNHCR Global Report 2017)

UN chief ‘personally concerned’ about return of Christians to Iraq and...

The UN’s Secretary General has stressed the importance of Christians returning to the areas from which they fled in Iraq and Syria. “I am fully convinced that after the stability of the situation in Iraq and Syria and the adoption of a certain political decision, it is very important to […]

The post UN chief ‘personally concerned’ about return of Christians to Iraq and Syria appeared first on World Watch Monitor.

“I struggled with the Health Ministry of Egypt for one year and a half to get approval for our request for Samiha’s treatment in Germany at the State’s expense,” Koleny Farag. (World Watch Monitor)

Egypt to pay for Coptic bomb attack victim’s surgery in Germany

It’s been 18 months since Coptic Christian Samiha Tawfiq was badly injured in the bomb attack on Cairo’s St. Peter and Paul church, which claimed 27 lives and injured 49. It also took away one side of Samiha’s face. Samiha and her husband Koleny were sitting in the respective women’s […]

The post Egypt to pay for Coptic bomb attack victim’s surgery in Germany appeared first on World Watch Monitor.

Iraqi Christian Rita was sold four times on the IS sex...

Rita, a Christian woman from the Iraqi town of Qaraqosh, was 26 when Islamic State invaded her town and took her captive. She was sold and bought four times as a sex slave before she was freed in 2017 and reunited with her father in April this year, almost four […]

The post Iraqi Christian Rita was sold four times on the IS sex slave market appeared first on World Watch Monitor.

The two communities have agreed that if one party attacks the other in future, the offending side will pay a penalty of 250,000 EGP (US$14,000).

Copts’ homes attacked after they protest Muslim men swimming naked in...

Coptic houses were attacked in a village in Upper Egypt last week, after Copts objected to a group of young Muslim men swimming naked in a canal in front of their homes, as Coptic women sat outside. The incident took place on 4 June in the village of Tashoub, in […]

The post Copts’ homes attacked after they protest Muslim men swimming naked in front of them appeared first on World Watch Monitor.

Women affected by violence in the Central African Republic, have formed self-help groups in the capital Bangui and run a small shop where they sell their products. (Photo: Open Doors International)

What churches can do to help victims of sexual violence in...

Adrienne* survived a brutal sexual attack during a conflict with ex-Seleka militants in Central African Republic (CAR), only to be ostracised from her own community. Adrienne was alone in her greatest time of need, and the baby born to her nine months later bears the same vulnerabilities, and a label: a […]

The post What churches can do to help victims of sexual violence in conflict to stay ‘part of us’ appeared first on World Watch Monitor.

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Lim looks over one of the Light Presbyterian Church's agricultural projects in North Korea

North Korea frees Canadian church leader ‘on sick bail’

Hyeun-soo Lim, the Korean Canadian church leader sentenced to life in prison with hard labour, has been freed today (9 August) “on sick bail”, says a North Korean state news agency. Convicted in December 2015 by the country’s Supreme Court of numerous charges, including an attempt to overthrow the government, he had been detained […]

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To flee or not to flee?

It is sometimes said that the Middle East is being denuded of Christians. Against this, church leaders throughout the Middle East urge Christians to remain in their country, or, where conflict makes that impossible, then to at least stay in the region. The emigration of Christians from the Middle East […]

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India archbishop served notice for raising human rights ahead of Gujarat...

Christian groups and networks in India have rallied behind Archbishop Thomas Macwan of Gandhinagar, capital of Gujarat state in western India, after the federal Election Commission served a notice on the prelate for his pastoral letter ahead of state elections this month. Gujarat is the home state of Prime Minister […]

The post India archbishop served notice for raising human rights ahead of Gujarat elections appeared first on World Watch Monitor.

A copy of the Bible in Arabic, Algeria (World Watch Monitor)

Algerian church closed for ‘illegally printing Bibles and material intended for...

A church in Algeria’s north-western town of Aïn Turk (15km from Oran city) has been closed down by local authorities. The church, affiliated to the Protestant Church of Algeria (known as EPA, its French acronym), was sealed off by police on 9 November. Authorities in Oran claimed the church had […]

The post Algerian church closed for ‘illegally printing Bibles and material intended for evangelism’ appeared first on World Watch Monitor.

Nigeria: Fulani Christians call for peace as violence continues in Plateau

Fulani Christians in Nigeria have spoken out against the persistent attacks and killings attributed to Fulani herdsmen in the central state of Plateau, calling on them to embrace peace and shun all acts of violence. Rev. Buba Aliyu, chairman of the Fulbe Christian Association of Nigeria, led a contingent of […]

The post Nigeria: Fulani Christians call for peace as violence continues in Plateau appeared first on World Watch Monitor.

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Ethiopia: church attacked, then told to close and member arrested for...

A Pentecostal church in Ethiopia has been ordered to stop meeting in a residential area, in the wake of a mob attack on the church, after which a church member was arrested for “illegal activities” that “incited religious clashes”. The Full Gospel Church in Tikil Dingaye, 20km from the historic […]

The post Ethiopia: church attacked, then told to close and member arrested for ‘inciting religious clashes’ appeared first on World Watch Monitor.

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(Source: UNHCR Global Report 2017)

UN chief ‘personally concerned’ about return of Christians to Iraq and...

The UN’s Secretary General has stressed the importance of Christians returning to the areas from which they fled in Iraq and Syria. “I am fully convinced that after the stability of the situation in Iraq and Syria and the adoption of a certain political decision, it is very important to […]

The post UN chief ‘personally concerned’ about return of Christians to Iraq and Syria appeared first on World Watch Monitor.

“I struggled with the Health Ministry of Egypt for one year and a half to get approval for our request for Samiha’s treatment in Germany at the State’s expense,” Koleny Farag. (World Watch Monitor)

Egypt to pay for Coptic bomb attack victim’s surgery in Germany

It’s been 18 months since Coptic Christian Samiha Tawfiq was badly injured in the bomb attack on Cairo’s St. Peter and Paul church, which claimed 27 lives and injured 49. It also took away one side of Samiha’s face. Samiha and her husband Koleny were sitting in the respective women’s […]

The post Egypt to pay for Coptic bomb attack victim’s surgery in Germany appeared first on World Watch Monitor.

Burials are one example of the ways in which Christians are put under pressure across Central Asia. (World Watch Monitor)

Tajikistan: Christian convert’s burial delayed as relatives call for husband to...

When an elderly Christian woman from a Muslim background died last week in a Tajikistan hospital, her husband Mihrab* and children – all of them Christians – organised a funeral ceremony and invited people from their church. But Mihrab’s Muslim relatives also invited local Muslims, including a cleric, who demanded […]

The post Tajikistan: Christian convert’s burial delayed as relatives call for husband to return to Islam appeared first on World Watch Monitor.

Iraqi Christian Rita was sold four times on the IS sex...

Rita, a Christian woman from the Iraqi town of Qaraqosh, was 26 when Islamic State invaded her town and took her captive. She was sold and bought four times as a sex slave before she was freed in 2017 and reunited with her father in April this year, almost four […]

The post Iraqi Christian Rita was sold four times on the IS sex slave market appeared first on World Watch Monitor.

Did Mozambique beheadings signal emergence of jihad in southern Africa?

Recent attacks attributed to Islamist militants in Mozambique have raised alarms over the emergence of a jihadist movement in the southern half of Africa – a section of the continent previously relatively untroubled by violent Islamist extremism. Little, if anything, was known about the group behind the attacks, in October […]

The post Did Mozambique beheadings signal emergence of jihad in southern Africa? appeared first on World Watch Monitor.

Women affected by violence in the Central African Republic, have formed self-help groups in the capital Bangui and run a small shop where they sell their products. (Photo: Open Doors International)

What churches can do to help victims of sexual violence in...

Adrienne* survived a brutal sexual attack during a conflict with ex-Seleka militants in Central African Republic (CAR), only to be ostracised from her own community. Adrienne was alone in her greatest time of need, and the baby born to her nine months later bears the same vulnerabilities, and a label: a […]

The post What churches can do to help victims of sexual violence in conflict to stay ‘part of us’ appeared first on World Watch Monitor.

India: Police slow to register case after church burnt down by...

A church in Puducherry in southern India was set ablaze recently, after upper-caste Hindu neighbours had objected to worship services in the area. Puducherry, formerly Pondicherry, was a French colonial settlement until 1954. Pastor David Santosham and members of the Bible Presbyterian church in Karaikal District left for home after […]

The post India: Police slow to register case after church burnt down by suspected Hindu extremists appeared first on World Watch Monitor.

The two communities have agreed that if one party attacks the other in future, the offending side will pay a penalty of 250,000 EGP (US$14,000).

Copts’ homes attacked after they protest Muslim men swimming naked in...

Coptic houses were attacked in a village in Upper Egypt last week, after Copts objected to a group of young Muslim men swimming naked in a canal in front of their homes, as Coptic women sat outside. The incident took place on 4 June in the village of Tashoub, in […]

The post Copts’ homes attacked after they protest Muslim men swimming naked in front of them appeared first on World Watch Monitor.

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A ‘dire time for human rights in Russia’ as World Cup...

“This is a very dire time for human rights in Russia,” according to the Russia programme director for Human Rights Watch, Tanya Lokshina, speaking ahead of the start of the 2018 Football World Cup, which kicked off in Moscow earlier today. Since Vladimir Putin became Russia’s president again in 2012 […]

The post A ‘dire time for human rights in Russia’ as World Cup begins appeared first on World Watch Monitor.

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