World Watch List 2021: Extremists, governments leverage COVID-19 limitations to ramp religious persecution
SANTA ANA, Calif. (BP) – The COVID-19 pandemic, surveillance technology and nationalism converged in 2020 to enable more violence, discrimination and oppression against Christians and other religious minorities globally, persecution watchdog Open Doors USA said in its latest report.
NEW DELHI (BP) – A Korean Christian and three nationals of India are in jail in Uttar Pradesh state, accused of fraudulent conversion attempts while distributing food and other aid to people in need due to the COVID-19 lockdown, sources said.
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP/RNS) — Christians traveling on buses for Christmas holiday close to the border with Somalia have recently become targets of the Somalian militant group, al-Shabab.
On Nov. 1, Christ followers around the world will recognize the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church – a global prayer movement for Christians who boldly witness for Christ at any cost in nations where Christianity is not welcomed.
NIGERIA (BP) – An untold number of evangelical Christians are likely among growing deaths in Nigeria amid violence surrounding peaceful protests against police brutality, an advocate for Christians in Nigeria told Baptist Press.
LAHORE, Pakistan (BP) – As a result of strict Islamic blasphemy laws, Asif Pervaiz, a 37-year-old Christian man, was sentenced to further jail time, a large fine, and death because of allegations that he insulted the Islamic prophet Muhammad via text messages to coworker Muhammad Saeed Khokher, The Associated Press reported.
MIDDLE BELT, Nigeria (BP) -- Nearly 150 Christians have died in a campaign of violence by militant Fulani herdsmen in Nigeria's Middle Belt since April, including 33 Christians believed to have been killed Aug. 5-6 in Kaduna State.
SILVER SPRING, Md. (BP) -- China persecutes Christians to gain leverage in future diplomatic relations with the U.S., a Christian seeking U.S. asylum claimed in a video released Wednesday (July 22) alongside a new report by International Christian Concern (ICC).
KHARTOUM, Sudan (BP) -- Persecuted Christians in Sudan are safer after the nation decriminalized apostasy, ended flogging and made other reforms through the new Fundamental Rights and Freedoms Act. Renouncing Islam had been punishable by flogging, imprisonment and death in the country where Christians comprise only 3 percent of the population.
WASHINGTON (BP) -- Christians fleeing religious persecution abroad are increasingly denied access to safety in the U.S., according to a new report urging the Trump administration to reverse the trend. The U.S. is on track to accept 90 percent fewer Christian refugees in 2020 than five years earlier from countries where Christians are most persecuted, and is considering changes to eligibility requirements for asylum seekers that would drastically reduce their entry here, Open Doors USA and World Relief said in its joint report released today (July 10).