Christian Persecution

Bajrang Dal men strip, beat up pastor in Indian state MP

TNN | Jul 23, 2016, 08.25AM IST
BHOPAL: A pastor and his friend were abducted, stripped, tied up and thrashed allegedly by about
25 Bajrang Dal activistsin Madhya Pradesh's Rewa on Thursday night as they suspected the two were involved in
forced religious conversionA pastor is an ordained leader of a Christian congregation. Police later rescued the duo, pastor Ramlal Kori and his friend Nandlal Kori, from Gadra Mohalla of Pahadi village in Mauganj police station area, and admitted them to a hospital.

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Federation of Indian American Christian Organizations (FIACONA) to provide an information booth on the continuous persecution that Christians face in India

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Leading up to and during Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Washington DC, Jubilee Campaign will be helping bring attention to the India's widespread religious freedom violations. We are volunteering alongside the Federation of Indian American Christian Organizations (FIACONA) to provide an information booth on the continuous persecution that Christians face in India. The booth will be located near Union Station along Delaware Ave NE. It will be set up every day from 9 a.m- 6 p.m. until June 10th. There will also be a prayer vigil set up in DC outside of the United Methodist Building (100 Maryland Ave NE, Washington, DC 20002) this Wednesday, June 8 from 9a.m. - 12p.m. Please stop by!

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Christian leaders seek clarification of Aceh Islamic law

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Inconsistent implementation inhibits religious freedom, church leaders say.
Posted on April 25, 2016,

Jakarta:
Protestant leaders in Aceh met with Indonesian human rights officials April 22 over the inconsistent implementation of Islamic law in the province, which the church leaders say has restricted religious freedom.

At issue is the construction and administration of churches in the province. Within the past nine months, 10 Christian churches have been torn down by local authorities or attacked by a Muslim mob.
Last August, a mob burned down the Pakpak Dairi Christian Protestant Church in Mandumpang village, killing one person and forcing thousands of Christians to flee the area. Two months later, Sharia officials tore down nine Christian churches — including two Catholic mission stations — that the officials said had no permits to operate.

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Holy See urges attention to suffering of Christians

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(Vatican Radio) The Holy See on Thursday said it has become “outdated” to speal about minority and majority communities when it comes to discrimination, “since victims of intolerance and discrimination may belong to either.”

Monsignor Janusz S. Urbańczyk, Permanent Representative of the Holy See to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), was speaking at the OSCE Permanent Council.

“In particular, in the case of Christians, it is recognized that they are suffering violations of their rights also where they are a majority, often in ways that go unnoticed,” Msgr. Urbańczyk said. “Therefore, all forms of religious intolerance and discrimination need to be carefully identified and equally addressed, avoiding any improper selectivity or hierarchical approach.”

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