Key Quotes - Religious Persecution

Key Quotes - Religious Persecution

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The Pakistan government unveiled an historic fatwa (religious meaning) in mid-January condemning Islamic extremism and vigilante ‘blasphemy’ attacks, in a potentially positive development for the country’s minority Christian community. By issuing the fatwa with the support of 1,829 religious leaders the Pakistani Government is addressing extremism from a religious perspective.
Religious PersecutionEvangelicals Now – April 2018
 
China has prohibited buying the Bible from major online stores, whilst claiming the country promotes religious freedom. According to widespread media reports, Amazon China and two other large online outlets have dropped the Bible from sale.
Religious PersecutionThe Christian Institute - 6th April 2018
 
Christians in India are suffering a “dramatic upsurge” in attacks, a new report produced for Irish politicians warns. The report, Official India: On the side of the militants, was published last week by the Irish charity Church in Chains for the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Defence…The 57 “serious incidents of persecution” listed are a “representative sample”, the authors say, and are “almost certainly a gross understatement”. In the first half of 2016, the Evangelical Fellowship of India and All-India Christian Council recorded 410 incidents as in the whole of 2016. In 2014, it was 147.
Religious PersecutionChurch Times – 9 February 2018
 
After much criticism, Bolivian president Evo Morales announced on 21 January that his government would repeal a law that seemed set to make evangelism a crime. The new penal code, placed the ‘recruitment of persons for their participation in religious organisations or cults’ alongside recruitment for armed conflicts or sexual exploitation. The punishment would have been 7-12 years in prison. Catholic and Protestant church leaders protested, fearing it could lead eventually to evangelism being made a crime.
Religious PersecutionEvangelicals Now – March 2018
 
All religious establishments in China will be bound by the new Regulations for Religious Affairs that came into force on 1 February amid reports that Christians are being sent to ‘re-education’ camps to re-orientate people to be loyal to the communist ideology. More than 100 Christians have been sent to ‘re-education’ camps in China’s north-western Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region in the past few months.
Religious PersecutionEvangelicals Now – March 2018
 
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
 
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