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 Religious Persecution

Religious persecution is the practice of discouraging freedom of religion and the freedom to express and/or promote all or certain religious beliefs – with repercussions ranging from prevention to persecution (including murder).

Thursday June 28, 2012
Religious PersecutionVietnam:
Vietnam Vietnamese officials in Muong Cha district, Dien Bien Province, destroyed two new church buildings of ethnic minority Hmong Christians this month and threatened to tear down a third.

Tuesday June 26, 2012
LaosReligious Persecution:
Laos Lao officials arrested two Lao and two Thai Christians in Luang Namtha Province earlier this month, seizing them from a private residence in Long district, according to Human Rights Watch for Lao Religious Freedom.

Officials also arrested a pastor in Luang Namtha and dismissed two civil servants in Savannakhet for converting to Christianity.

Thursday May 31, 2012
IslamNigeriaReligious Persecution:
Islam terrorism In Nigeria’s Plateau state, Christian leaders said more Christians have died at the hands of Muslim extremists than the 35 that the military reported thus far in May.

The Nigerian president took pointed criticism for the government’s handling of Muslim extremist violence against Christians.

Sunday May 6, 2012
Burma/MyanmarReligious Persecution:
Burma Amid global euphoria over reforms in Burman-majority parts of Burma, life has changed little for more than 3 million Christians and other minorities left to suffer from one of the world’s longest running civil wars.

While it is largely a struggle for self-determination in all ethnic states and all civilians suffer in the crossfire, the Burman-Buddhist dominated Burmese troops are often accused of being harsher on Christian civilians than on their Buddhist counterparts.

Saturday April 28, 2012
Hate GroupsIslamReligious PersecutionSudan:
Sudan Christians faced increased hostilities in Sudan over the past few weeks, culminating in an attack on a Christian compound in Khartoum by a throng of Muslim extremists armed with clubs, iron rods, a bulldozer and fire.

Breaking down the compound wall with a bulldozer, the assailants set fire to the Gerief West Bible School and the Sudan Presbyterian Evangelical Church (SPEC) building; they also damaged three other places of worship and other buildings in the same compound.

Monday April 23, 2012
IslamReligious Persecution:
Egypt A recent “reconciliation meeting” between members of a Muslim mob that attacked a Christian-owned school in Egypt and school administrators was nothing less than an attempt at legalized extortion, the director of the school said.

In exchange for peace, members of the sword-wielding mob that stormed the school last month without provocation – and held two nuns hostage for several hours – initially demanded in the meetings that the school sign over parcels of land that include the guesthouse the Muslim extremists attacked.

Friday April 13, 2012
IslamPakistanReligious Persecution:
Pakistan The mother of a 6-month-old girl has been wrongly jailed for more than a month, as Pakistani authorities have failed to file a charge sheet within the mandatory 14-day period against the young Christian woman falsely accused of “blaspheming” the prophet of Islam, her attorney said.

Wednesday April 11, 2012
Religious FreedomReligious PersecutionTurkey:
Turkey Sentiment against Christians in Turkey has persisted long enough for a U.S. religious rights monitor to recommend it as a “Country of Particular Concern.”

Many in Turkey see Christians as corrupt elements of the West out to shake the integrity of Turkey and Islam.

Friday April 6, 2012
Free SpeechHuman Rights ViolationsIslamReligious Persecution:
Egypt In a show of partiality to Muslims who go unprosecuted for like offenses against Christianity, a juvenile court in Egypt sentenced a Coptic Christian teenager to three years in prison for allegedly insulting Islam.

The court claimed that he posted cartoons on his Facebook account in December that mocked the Islamic religion and its prophet, Muhammad.

Saturday March 31, 2012
Ethnic CleansingReligious PersecutionSudan:
Sudan After Khartoum denied that it had bombed civilians earlier this month, Sudanese aerial strikes last week were aimed at church buildings and schools in Kauda, South Kordofan state.

Antonov airplanes dropped bombs, destroying some houses and cattle near the church buildings and schools.

Thursday March 29, 2012
LaosReligious Persecution:
Laos Officials in a village in southern Laos on Sunday arrested and detained five Christians during worship.

The five were charged them with leading a religious movement without official approval.

Monday March 19, 2012
IranReligious Persecution:
Iran persecutes christians In a rare crackdown on a concentrated area, Iranian authorities have arrested Christians living in the country’s third largest city in what is seen as a tactic to discourage Muslims and converts to Christianity from attending official churches.

Authorities have arrested leaders and members of churches meeting in buildings, as well as some from underground churches.

Tuesday March 13, 2012
IslamPakistanReligious Persecution:
Pakistan A young mother has been falsely accused of “blaspheming” Muhammad, the prophet of Islam, because she rebuffed attempts by relatives who had converted to Islam to force her to renounce her Christian faith, family members said.

Speaking ill of Muhammad in Pakistan is punishable by life imprisonment or death under Pakistan’s internationally condemned blasphemy laws.

Thursday March 8, 2012
EgyptReligious Persecution:
egypt A priest in Egypt was sentenced this week to six months in jail for a minor construction violation at his church building, while no one in a mob that burned the same structure down has been arrested.

Coupled with the absence of prosecution against those who burned down the church building, the ruling is clear evidence of persecution and a legal double standard between Christians and Muslims.

Monday February 27, 2012
Boko HaramHate GroupsIslamic TerrorismNigeriaReligious Persecution:
Nigeria Two suicide bombers from the Boko Haram Islamist sect drove a car laden with bombs into the worship service of a Church of Christ in Nigeria (COCIN) congregation, killing at least one Christian girl and injuring dozens of other church members, sources said.

A man claiming to be a spokesman for Boko Haram reportedly claimed responsibility for the blast.

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