Key Quotes - Religious Persecution

Key Quotes - Religious Persecution

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Last update: Tuesday 12th December
 
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
 
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
 
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