Key Quotes - Religious Persecution

Key Quotes - Religious Persecution

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A criminal Code Bill which includes clauses that criminalise religious conversion and the “hurting of religious sentiment” was signed into law on 16th October by Nepali President Bidhya Devi Bhandari. Nepal’s Constitution stipulates that the Hindu faith will be protected by the state, Article 26 (3) of the Constitution restricts religious conversion and the free expression of one’s faith. The Bill was signed on the same day that the UN General Assembly elected Nepal as one of 15 new members of the UN Human Rights Council.
Religious PersecutionEvangelical Now - December 2017
 
A new law on belief and religion in Vietnam, scheduled to come into effect on 1st January 2018, is more likely to control religion than provide freedom for believers. Evangelical leaders say the law represents more intrusion into the internal affairs of their churches than any prior legislation. The new law will abrogate the benefits of the Prime Minister’s Special Directive No.1 Concerning the Protestant faith (2005), congregations to operate, even while legal registration was pending or not available.
Religious PersecutionEvangelicals Now - January 2018
 
The majority of those charged under Russia’s religion laws, following their introduction last year, have been Christians, it was reported in December. Since Putin’s government amended anti-terror laws to crack down on “extremism” in July 2016, a total of 202 cases have been brought to court. Of these, 53% have been against Protestant Christians or organisations. Aimed at disrupting terrorist activity the laws have been used to target Evangelical Christians and other religious minorities.
Religious PersecutionEvangelicals Now - January 2018
 
CNN News on 15th November revealed that captured African immigrants heading to Europe are being sold into slavery in modern-day slave markets in Libya. Among the refugees are Christians including Eritreans, fleeing religious persecution. One migrant described Libya as a “hell” where he lived in “permanent fear of being picked up by a militia group and sold off as a slave”. A 2016 report showed that Christians face acute danger and are targeted by both people-traffickers and Islamist groups in the country.
Religious PersecutionEvangelicals Now - January 2018
 
In the Yugan county, Communist Party leaders described the presence of religion as a “crisis” as they tore down religious posters in December. 5,000 to 6,000 Christian families “see God as their saviour…….(but) should no longer rely on Jesus, but on the party for help, said officials. If the people don’t remove the Christian symbols and pictures and replace them with portraits of the Chinese president, as they are being “encouraged” to do, they face not being given their quota from the poverty relief fund.
Religious PersecutionEvangelicals Now - January 2018
 
Attacks on the freedom of religion are on the rise around the world, and protecting that freedom must become a priority of both the Foreign Office and the Department for International Development (DfID) a new report by a parliamentary group argues.
Religious PersecutionChurch Times - 27th October 2017
 
Christians have become victims of genocide in Nigeria, Iraq, and Syria, a charity has found. A report due to be published yesterday, by the Roman Catholic Aid to the Church in Need, found that, in almost all the 13 countries surveyed “the situation for Christians has declined since 2015 as a result of violence and oppression.”...The report Persecuted and Forgotten found that, in Nigeria, the Islamist extremist group Boko Haram, in collusion with Fulani herdsmen, carried out a campaign of butchery, desecration of church buildings, and mass expulsion of Christians. In one expulsion of Kafanchan, 71 Christian-majority villages were destroyed and 988 people killed.
Religious PersecutionChurch Times - 13th October 2017
 
A new report on freedom of religion or belief in Indonesia warned in July that religious minorities in the country are increasingly fearful of rising religious intolerance.
Religious PersecutionEvangelicals Now - September 2017
 
More than 1,600 Coptic Christians in a village in Upper Egypt are still waiting for a new church building, five years after their previous building was closed the same month it was opened.
Religious PersecutionEvangelicals Now - September 2017
 
The Community Security Trust's (CST) latest survey of anti-Semitic incidents, published this month, showed that, in the first half of the year there were 767 recorded incidents in the UK. This marked a 30-per-cent increase from the 589 incidents recorded during the same period in 2016.
Religious PersecutionChurch Times – August 2017
 
The High Court in Islamabad has issued a judgment that proposes tougher punishments for those who make false allegations under Pakistan’s blasphemy law, which can lead to lynchings, if not prosecution and the death penalty. The judgment, which also concerned a petition concerning blasphemy on Facebook was welcomed by the director of an advocacy group for Christians, the Centre for Legal Aid, Assistance and Settlement, Nasir Saeed.
Religious PersecutionChurch Times – August 2017
 
Sharing the gospel may be set to become an illegal activity in Nepal after an ‘anti-conversion’ Bill was passed in parliament. Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW), a religious freedom charity, has said it is “deeply concerned” about the Bill – which criminalises the ‘hurting of religious sentiment’. Anyone from Nepal caught committing an offence faces up to five years in prison and a £600 fine.
Religious PersecutionThe Christian Institute -
 
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
 
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