Dozens of members of Baptist churches killed in Plateau State as worship hall is converted into mosque.
Though it is strictly forbidden to evangelize in Somalia, barriers to the gospel are being torn down little by little.
Open Doors publishes a new edition of the World Watch List identifying as many as 78 countries with high levels of hostility against Christianity in the world. North Korea and Nigeria stand out among those with “extreme persecution”.
The government of President Ortega has seized the properties of many non-profit groups. “The persecution of evangelicals is more silent than that of Catholics”, says human rights lawyer.
Some radical Muslims in attendance also broke the motorcycle of the Christians and tore up their Bibles. The event was organized by Muslims.
A Belarusian court upholds liquidation of the New Life Church, for failing to re-register and allegedly “spread propaganda of war”.
On the supposition that the church members had angered spirits or gods by leaving them for Christianity, the officials also threatened to impose large fines on the Christians if other people in the village became ill or died.
An event on the Manipur violence in India organised by the World Evangelical Alliance at the UN in Geneva gets worldwide attention.
A month after the attack on a Christian colony in Faisalabad, Imran, a Pakistani Christian, analyses the situation on the ground. “Churches fear a repetition”, he says.
Assailants ordered the pastor of a Presbyterian church in Kukranwala to recite the Islamic creed before shooting him.
The United Nations has designated August 22 each year as its International Day Commemorating Victims of Acts of Violence Based on Religion or Belief. Like most such days, it gets minimal attention.
“The mobs not only burned and looted our churches and homes, they also vandalized our graveyard and the office of the assistant commissioner, who is also a Christian”, sources in Jaranwala said.
The church’s worship was previously disrupted in May, when at least 40 Muslims stopped the midday service at the café.
A university professor in Nigeria analyses the socio-political context before the 25 February presidential election.
A large majority refuses the initiative of the AfD party saying it would criminalise Muslims and is based on “wrong” data.
There is “extreme persecution” in 10 countries in Africa and the Middle East, says Open Doors. Elsewhere, worrying trends are observed in key geopolitical actors such as India, Saudi Arabia and China.
Not everyone is able to worship with the same freedom in the country hosting the 2022 football World Cup. Open Doors UK and Ireland asked believers in Doha.
For evangelicals in Western Europe, the most tangible problem is not one of freedom, but rather of public participation.
The church had been searched by military personnel of the Russian-backed authorities. Relatives and church members have not received answers.
The WEA organised an event to prepare the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church (IDOP) 2022, which will take place on November 6 and 13.
As everything gets ready for the largest football event, Christians pray to see a change in the absolutist emirate.
A video obituary about how the founder of Open Doors known as "God's Smuggler" saw his own life.
“Xi Jinping’s plan of compelling all Protestant Christians to join the government-controlled Three-Self Church or face arrest and ‘liquidation’ of their churches as 'illegal' religious groups is being ruthlessly implemented”.
“If Christians cannot meet in their homes, where should they meet to worship?”, asks the Spanish the Spanish Evangelical Alliance.
Church leaders and rights activists cite forced conversion as the biggest challenge for vulnerable minority communities of Pakistan.