Key Quotes - World Issues

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Last update: Sunday 21st July
 
Norway’s health ministry has ruled that women from abroad who are pregnant with twins may use Norway's medical services to abort one of the twins, if they so wish. The procedure, referred to as 'selection reduction abortion', was legalised in Norway this February.
World IssuesChristian Concern - 21st October 2016
 
An EU agreement with Facebook, Twitter, Microsoft and other Internet companies announced on 31 May, commits IT companies to work with ‘civil society organisations’ to flag and remove comments deemed offensive within 24 hours. The origin of the policy was an E Colloquium on Fundamental Rights set up in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo attacks. The role of the colloquium was to protect free speech. It has been criticised for focussing instead on combating Islamophobia.
World IssuesEvangelicals Now - August 2016
 
The latest global slavery index was published at the end of May and estimated that nearly 46 million people are trapped in modern slavery around the globe. The research looked at modern slavery in 167 countries. It increased the global estimate to 45.8 million, up from 35.8 million in the last survey. India has the greatest number of people living in some form of slavery, with an estimated 18.3 million. 58% of those living in slavery across the globe are in five countries: India, China, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Uzbekistan. An estimated 11,700 are trapped in slavery in the UK (0.02% of the population).
World IssuesEvangelicals Now – July 2016
 
A group of atheists has successfully campaigned to remove Bibles from rooms at a hotel in Arizona.
World IssuesThe Christian Institute - 9th September 2016
 
The Iranian authorities have intensified their repression of women's rights activists in the country in the past six months, carrying out a series of harsh interrogations accusing activists of being "spies" who seek the "overthrow" of the government, says Amnesty International.
World IssuesEkklesia Daily Bulletin - 15th August 2016
 
The world Health Organisation believes polio could be eradicated from the world within months. The announcement comes after a mass vaccination drive was launched in Pakistan. The virus is set to become only the second human-hosted virus to be eradicated since the end of smallpox in 1980. Pakistan and neighbouring Afghanistan are the last places where polio remains endemic.
World IssuesThe Sentinel - 17th May 2016
 
War and persecution has led to a haemorrhaging of Christians from the Middle East, particularly from Syria and Iraq, it was reported in April. Before 2011, Syrian Christians comprised around 8-10% of a 22 million population. 40-50% of those Christians have since left. Before 2003, there were approximately 1.5 million Christians in Iraq, but estimates now range from 200-500,000. In May the Daily Telegraph reported a spokesman saying: “Christians will all have left Iraq in five years”.
World IssuesEvangelicals Now - June 2016
 
In March, a Bill was being drafted to ban women from wearing the niqab in public places and government institutions. Egypt’s president, Abdul Fattah al-Sisi, is attempting to secularise government institutions in order to counter Islamism.
World IssuesEvangelicals Now - May 2016
 
Executions in Iran surged to nearly 1,000 in 2015, the highest level in more than a quarter of a century, the UN’s special rapporteur on human rights in Iran reported in March. Dr Ahmed Shaheed reported to the UN human rights council that at least 966 people were put to death in Iran last year, roughly double the number executed in 2010 and ten times as many as in 2005.
World IssuesEvangelicals Now - May 2016
 
Some 4.6 million people in Burundi are food insecure, with more than 500,000 of them requiring urgent emergency food assistance, the UN food relief agency has said, warning that food stocks are stretched as a result of the fragile socio-economic context in the country.
World IssuesEkklesia Daily Bulletin - 2nd June 2016
 
The number of patients requesting euthanasia for mental conditions in Holland has risen sharply in the last five years, with only 2 in 2010 compared to 56 in 2015. Currently, 4% of deaths in Holland are a result of doctor-assisted suicide. Of last year’s total, 36 were conducted by a clinic in Amsterdam, which specialises in requests for euthanasia due to mental health conditions. One woman was euthanised for a germ phobia; another was a sexual abuse victim in her 20s.
World IssuesChristian Concern - 20th May 2016
 
Impoverished country governments could be up to $61 billion worse off in 2016 as a result of the crash in global commodity prices and strengthening of the US dollar. This is reducing government revenue and increasing the relative size of debt payments in foreign currencies.
World IssuesEkklesia Daily Bulletin - 13 April 2016
 
27 families in the state of Chiapas will have their access to water and electricity restored after local authorities agreed to respect religious freedom in the village of Unión Juárez, Trinitaria Municipality. The families, all Protestants, have been living without access to clean water and electricity since February 2014 because of their refusal to contribute to or participate in Roman Catholic Festivals.
World IssuesEvangelicals Now – April 2016
 
The number of executions carried out globally during 2015 rose to a 25-year high, a review of the global state of the death penalty has found.
World IssuesEkklesia Daily Bulletin - 7th April 2016
 
The Tanzanian Government has banned 1,268 Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) and sent warnings to a further 1,406 NGOS, Home Affairs ministry spokesman Isaac Natanga announced on 11th December. Listing organisations that 'interfere with other faith affairs or do politics' among those banned, this vague and undefined requirement threatens local churches and Christian organisations, particularly those in Muslim majority parts of the country.
World IssuesEvangelicals Now - February 2016
 
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