Key Quotes - Religious Persecution

Key Quotes - Religious Persecution

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The Leuven Consultation, staged in Belgium in early June, heard that 215 million Christians are experiencing high, very high or extreme persecution in more than 50 countries, with women suffering disproportionately.
Religious PersecutionEvangelicals Now - August 2017
 
Over 190 incidents of violence against Christians have been recorded since the current government came to power in 2015. Parallel attacks have taken place on Muslims and both have been blamed on a Buddhist nationalist organisation called Bodu Bala Sena (Buddhist Power Force).
Religious PersecutionEvangelicals Now - At Keswick 2017
 
The leader of a Hindu nationalist organisation, the Vishwa Hindu Parishad, has called upon Hindus to make India a ‘Hindu nation’ by 2023, it was reported in June. Sadhvi Saraswati stated that ‘Christians and Muslims in the country have to '…do a ghar wapasi’, a Hindi phrase meaning ‘home coming’, which implies that all non-Hindus should return to their original ‘home’ which is regarded as Hinduism. He also claimed that taking up arms would not be wrong in protecting Hinduism.
Religious PersecutionEvangelicals Now - At Keswick 2017
 
The Leuven Consultation, staged in Belgium in early June, heard that 215 million Christians are experiencing high, very high or extreme persecution in more than 50 countries, with women suffering disproportionately.
Religious PersecutionEvangelicals Now - August 2017
 
Up to one million British workers may have faced bullying, harassment or discrimination because of their religious beliefs, a study has found. A ComRes survey, conducted earlier this year, discovered that three per cent of workers have been personally discriminated against because of their religion or beliefs.
Religious PersecutionThe Christian Institute - 7th April 2017
 
A September report on freedom of religion or belief in North Korea provided further evidence that such freedom of religion or belief is a human right that is ‘largely non-existent’ in the country.
Religious PersecutionEvangelical Now - November 2016
 
The Chinese government released a set of proposed amendments to its rules regulating religious affairs in early September, showing that President Xi Jinping is attempting to exert even greater control over how religion is practised.
Religious PersecutionEvangelical Now - November 2016
 
There has been a sevenfold rise in the persecution of Christians in China since May since 2008, according to a report published in May by China Aid, a partner of UK-based Release International. The report claims that China is seeking ‘complete control over the nation’s churches’ with the aim of replacing ‘Christ as the head of the church with submission to the Communist Party’.
Religious PersecutionEvangelicals Now – July 2016
 
Vietnam’s new “Law of Belief and Religion”, scheduled to come into effect this year, will add another layer of government repression and control to an already pressurised church, Vo Tran Nhat, Executive Secretary of the Vietnam Committee on Human Rights, said in April.
Religious PersecutionEvangelicals Now - June 2016
 
The United States Department of State announced on 13 April that Tajikistan has, for the first time, been designed as a “Country of Particular Concern” because of its record on religious freedom.
Religious PersecutionEvangelicals Now - June 2016
 
Eritrean Christian refugees are forgotten by the world, it was reported in April. Often eclipsed by the crisis in the Middle East, one in 12 Eritreans has fled their country, many of those leaving being Christians. Eritrea has been branded “one of the world’s fastest emptying nations” and “the North Korea of Africa”. In 2015, 40,000 risked death from drowning to escape to Italy. Others fled to Sudan or Ethiopia. Eritrea has jailed hundreds of Christians simply because of their faith. Many are now living in makeshift refugee camps in neighbouring Ethiopia.
Religious PersecutionEvangelicals Now - June 2016
 
A report by an anti-persecution charity has said 1 in 12 people in Eritrea, many of them Christian, have now fled the East African state. Release International's report describes Eritrea as 'one of the world's fastest emptying nations' and the 'North Korea of Africa', with many of the 40,000 who fled to Italy last year being Christians.
Religious PersecutionBible Society - 6th May 2016
 
Muslim refugees are forcing Christian refugees to participate in Islamic prayers at German refugee camps, according to a report by Open Doors. The charity found that 231 of the refugees questioned said they have been bullied or harassed by Muslim refugees and security guards.
Religious PersecutionChristian Concern - 13th May 2016
 
The world’s deadliest terrorist group is not in the Middle East, but in Nigeria, where the Islamic insurgency Boko Haram and other forces killed more than 4,000 Christians in 2015, it was reported in February. The tally was a 62% from the previous year, according to Open Doors.
Religious PersecutionEvangelicals Now – April 2016
 
Islamic State held an auction on 16 January to sell off the Christian homes seized by the group in Mosul when it drove out hundreds of thousands of Christmas in 2014. The properties and furniture were sold off cheaply, apparently in a bid to raise funds to stem IS’s financial difficulties.
Religious PersecutionEvangelicals Now - March 2016
 
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