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EGYPT: Struggle for Religious Liberty

A group of Coptic converts to Islam wanting to return to Christianity were denied permission in the courts. However, they successfully appealed and their case will be reheard in Egypt's Supreme Administrative Court on 1 September. Subsequent to the Copts' appeal, a Muslim convert to Christianity named Mohammed Ahmed   Hegazy launched legal action against the Interior Ministry as it would not officially recognise his conversion to Christianity.
Wednesday, August 29, 2007   read more | login to post comments | 9163 reads

EGYPT: Persecution

Though Egypt's Constitution guarantees freedom of belief, Egyptian Muslims are not at liberty to leave Islam because Islamic Law which forbids apostasy is used to interpret Egyptian law. The historically Christian Copts have generally been treated leniently if, after converting to Islam, they later seek to revert to their 'birth religion'. However the mood is changing. On 1 September Egypt's Supreme Administrative Court will re-hear the recently refused request of 45 Copts to have their identity papers changed from Muslim to Christian. The case has sparked heated debate.
Wednesday, August 8, 2007   read more | login to post comments | 9719 reads

BANGLADESH FLOODS: TEAR Australia Appeals

Christian relief and development agency TEAR Australia has launched an emergency appeal for people affected by floods in India and Bangladesh.

TEAR Australia is working through five local development agencies in the flood-devastated areas. These organisations have extensive expertise and experience in disaster relief and rehabilitation.

Monday, August 6, 2007   read more | login to post comments | 8786 reads

CHINA: Christianity Increases Among Youth

The number of religious believers in China could be three times higher than official estimates.
Sunday, August 5, 2007   read more | login to post comments | 8491 reads

TURKEY: Descendant of Mohammed Converts to Christianity

A Turk who claims to be a descendant of Islam's prophet Muhammad has converted to Christianity while living in Germany. But Sedar Dedeoglu, of Luedenscheid, now faces a threat to his life if he's forced to return to Turkey and is seeking help from German authorities.
Sunday, August 5, 2007   read more | login to post comments | 9682 reads

INDIA: Insane Girl Completely Healed

"Recently I conducted a small crusade," says Indian pastor K. John Moses. "The first day we gathered in a small house [to pray]. After the prayer was over, the owner of the house came and told me he had a 22-year old daughter who was mentally affected. They had spent all their earnings on her, and consulted several doctors, but all had been in vain. After saying this he wept like a child before me."

Tuesday, July 24, 2007   read more | login to post comments | 8264 reads

MALAYSIA: At the Crossroads

On 30 May 2007 Malaysia's Federal Court issued a ruling that makes Sharia Law (Islamic law) and not the Constitution the supreme law for Muslims in Malaysia. Thus Malaysia's Muslims can no longer access their constitutional right to religious liberty. Islamists have been greatly emboldened by the ruling. While Malaysia has been progressing economically, for several decades it has also been gradually Islamising and continued progress requires a degree of openness and liberty not found in Islam. Furthermore, growing Islamisation will escalate repression and persecution of non-Muslims - mostly Chinese and Indian Malaysians - which will lead to their emigration.

Wednesday, June 13, 2007   read more | login to post comments | 7969 reads

IRAQ: Dire Need for Safe Haven from Genocide

An Iraq observer recently said: 'Unless something is done and quickly, the lasting legacy of this war will be the genocide of the Christians and other minorities of Iraq.' That is no exaggeration. The Christian districts of Iraq's major cities, Baghdad and Al-Basrah, have been ethnically and religiously cleansed by Sunni and Shiite hostility and by a targeted al-Qaeda campaign. Christians still there are being extorted and terrorised by both local and foreign mujahideen. Most of Iraq's remnant and displaced Christians are now in the relatively safer northern Iraq. However security is deteriorating fast there too.

Wednesday, June 6, 2007   read more | login to post comments | 8054 reads

Iraq: Christian population dwindling due to threats, attacks

May 31, 2007 (RFE/RL) -- Leaders of Iraq's Christian community estimate that over two-thirds of the country's Christian population has fled the country since the U.S.-led invasion in 2003.

While exact numbers are unknown, reports suggest that whole neighborhoods of Christians have cleared out in the cities of Baghdad and Al-Basrah, and that both Sunni and Shi'ite insurgent groups and militias have threatened Christians.

The gravity of the situation prompted Shi'ite Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani last week to ask Vice President Adil Abd al-Mahdi to take steps to protect the Christian community. Sunni imams in Baghdad have made similar statements to their congregations in Friday Prayer sermons. Fighters loyal to Shi'ite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr this week warned Christians in Baghdad to wear the veil or face grave consequences.

Friday, June 1, 2007   read more | login to post comments | 9469 reads

VIETNAM: Repressive Crackdown

In later 2006 the Vietnamese government quietly repressed Christian lawyer, Nguyen Van Dai (38), an advocate for religious liberty, human rights and democracy who has represented Vietnam's persecuted Church in the courts. In November 2006 Vietnam got taken off USA's blacklist of religious persecutors, was accepted into the World Trade Organisation and hosted a successful APEC Summit. With all that achieved Vietnam unleashed a major crackdown on human rights and democracy advocates. Lawyer Dai, who had been honoured by Human Rights Watch, is one of three Christians arrested on 6 March and charged with 'propagandising against the Socialist Republic of Vietnam'. He is accused of gathering 'evidence that Vietnam suppresses religion' to distribute to 'enemy forces and to reactionaries residing abroad'. Courage can be costly. Please pray for Vietnam.

Thursday, March 15, 2007   read more | 8618 reads
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