Martha Bibi and Sajjad Masih, two Pakistani Christians who have been accused of violating the country’s blasphemy laws, are scheduled for final hearings in their cases this month.
Martha Bibi, who was initially arrested on January 22, 2007, was accused by a local Muslim of making derogatory remarks against the Koran and the prophet Mohammed. Martha and her husband, Arshed, had both suffered ongoing harassment and intimidation from their wealthy employer in attempts to convert them to Islam. On March 19, 2010, Arshed was set on fire by Muslim extremists… Read more
CFI’s co-worker in Bangladesh, known fondly as Bakar, is requesting urgent prayer for his pregnant wife.
Last week, Bakar’s wife developed intense pain in her abdominal area and was subsequently taken to the hospital for examination. Although the doctor recommended that she remain hospitalized, unfortunately, she had no choice but to leave the facility because the family did not have adequate funds to pay for further treatment. She has also been diagnosed with chicken pox – a condition that is potentially dangerous for both mother and child.
Because of unexpected… Read more
It was a day filled with terror and violence for Nigerian Christians on Sunday, June 10, as six people were killed and dozens more injured after gunmen opened fire at a church in northeast Nigeria, while a suicide bomber detonated explosives outside a second church in central Nigeria.
The two attacks are just the latest in an alarming trend of growing persecution and violence against Christians in Nigeria, which has come mostly at the hands of Boko Haram, an Islamic terrorist organization. The group, whose name means “Western education is… Read more
The U.S. State Department’s Country Reports on Human Rights, which was released on May 24, has been purged of all sections that discuss the state of religious freedom in the countries mentioned in the report — specifically, nations that have felt the effects of the Arab Spring revolution and its detrimental impact on minority Christians.
In the unprecedented move, the Department removed from the report information referencing events from 2011 — the onset of the Arab Spring — and instead simply makes reference to the 2010 International Religious Freedom Report… Read more
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As in dozens of other countries around the world, Christians are increasingly becoming the targets of physical violence and persecution in India.
Some of the latest reports indicate that on Saturday, May 26, 2012, 10 Hindu militants disrupted a Christian prayer meeting that was taking place in the city of Karnataka. The Hindus ordered the Christians to stop the prayer meeting and proceeded to attack the pastor, beating him up and verbally assaulting him while accusing him of attempting to convert Hindus to… Read more