France, Spain, Germany and Ukraine are mentioned in the 2023 USCIRF report, which was criticised for its way of addressing the persecution of Christians in Nigeria.
Human rights organisations denounce that dozens of Christian places of worship have been destroyed in the last year.
The Religious Liberty Partnership denounces “the gross violation of human rights and religious freedom”. Around 700 people have been killed and over 3,000 arrested since February.
The US Commission on International Religious Freedom annual report denounces that “the pandemic fostered misinformation targeting religious minorities”.
The danger to the Christian community has increased after the coup in February. Churches keep serving their neighbours and sharing the gospel.
The army arrested state leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who won the November elections. Christian organisations describe the events as “very worrying” and “a desperate step backwards”.
The UN International Court of Justice has issued precautionary measures to protect the Rohingya minority.
Ethnic Wa rebels closed the churches in September 2018, destroyed at least 10 church buildings and detained more than 200 Christians who were later released.
The YouVersion Bible app annual report shows that “people read and listened to the Bible 30% more this year, and 478 million verses have been shared”.
Pastor John Cao was accused and imprisoned in 2017, for “organizing illegal border crossings”, while providing humanitarian aid to the Wa people in Myanmar .
The number of people fleeing war, persecution and conflict exceeded 70 million globally last year. Churches worldwide will celebrate World Refugee Sunday on June 23.
Soldiers are holding arrested Christian leaders and students in Mong Maw town, a stronghold base of the Wa rebels.
Christian ethnic minorities have long suffered in Burma, where the government has recognized the special status of Buddhism.
The risky diving rescue operation spread over three days. One of the boys is a Christian. “It’s the love that God gives to our family”, said his parents after the rescue.
Nepal, Bhutan, and Myanmar have also enacted similar laws, with Nepal going so far as to include them in the recently adopted constitution.
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