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Saving Christians from the Taliban | Part 1

Saving Christians from the Taliban | Part 1

01/28/2022 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) – The other day, I had the opportunity to sit down with one of ICC’s longest-serving staffers, William Stark, ICC’s Regional Manager for South Asia. His chapter at ICC is coming to a close, so we took a trip down memory lane to discuss his almost 10 years of…

Lampung Police Detains Suspects in Christian Persecution

Lampung Police Detains Suspects in Christian Persecution

01/27/2022 Indonesia (International Christian Concern) – The Lampung Police has named and detained eight new suspects for the criminal case of incitement and hate speech at the Indonesian Pentecostal Church (GPI) in Banjar Agung Village, Tulang Bawang Regency, Lampung. A group of residents, led by Imron, could be seen preventing members of the GPI Tulang…

ICC Responds to Church Attacks in India

ICC Responds to Church Attacks in India

01/27/2022 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) – Since the rise of the ruling BJP party in India, pastors and Christians across the nation have experienced a surge in violence and harassment. In response, ICC has led Persecution Preparedness Trainings in India since 2016. ICC has trained pastors and Christian leaders from rural communities on how to…

This Chinese Church Escaped Persecution, But Now Fears Being Returned to China

This Chinese Church Escaped Persecution, But Now Fears Being Returned to China

01/26/2022 South Korea (International Christian Concern) – With thanks to an interview conducted by Radio Free Asia (RFA), we have learned that the members of the Shenzhen Holy Reformed Church are due to have their appeal for asylum heard by South Korean courts, following an initial rejection by the lower courts last year. As many…

Terrorism Gradually Infiltrates Indonesian Islamic Schools

Terrorism Gradually Infiltrates Indonesian Islamic Schools

01/26/2022 Indonesia (International Christian Concern) – According to Indonesia’s National Counterterrorism Agency (BNPT), nearly 200 Islamic boarding schools have ties to terrorist networks. On January 25, BNPT chief Boy Rafli Amar announced the discovery at a meeting with the parliament, saying the assessment was a result of the agency’s terrorism prevention efforts last year. The…

Christian Girl Abducted and Raped in Pakistan

Christian Girl Abducted and Raped in Pakistan

01/25/2022 Pakistan (International Christian Concern) – Earlier this month, 16-year-old Christian girl was kidnapped near her college in Okara by a Muslim man. She was drugged and then driven to Faisalabad in southwest Lahore, the provincial capital of Punjab in Pakistan. There, she was raped several times. The next morning, she was found by her…

Police Only Ask Witnesses Three Years after Pastor and Wife Went Missing

Police Only Ask Witnesses Three Years after Pastor and Wife Went Missing

01/25/2022 Malaysia (International Christian Concern) – The Malaysian police only interviewed two witnesses nearly three years after Pastor Joshua Hilmy and his Indonesian wife Ruth Sitepu disappeared. In an oral submission to the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia’s (Suhakam) public inquiry on the case, the couple’s lawyer Andrew Khoo said the police’s uninterested attitude could…

Turkey, Qatar Reach Tentative Deal on Kabul Airport Security

Turkey, Qatar Reach Tentative Deal on Kabul Airport Security

01/25/2022 Afghanistan (International Christian Concern) – Turkey and Qatar reportedly have reached an agreement on the security of the Kabul international airport, should they be awarded the responsibility following continued talks with the Taliban in Afghanistan. Turkey and Qatar have positioned themselves strategically, leading up to and after the fall of Afghanistan in August 2021, to…

Families Forced to Convert or Flee After Attack in East India

Families Forced to Convert or Flee After Attack in East India

01/25/2022 India (International Christian Concern) – Earlier this month, two Christians sustained severe injuries when radical Hindu nationalists brutally attacked a Pastor and his Church members. According to Pastor Hemanth Kandapan, the radicals broke into the house where the worship service was going on in the village of Odagoan, Chhattisgarh, East India. They beat Pastor…

ERCC Member Taken Away from Rented Apartment

ERCC Member Taken Away from Rented Apartment

01/24/2022 China (International Christian Concern) – A member from the Chengdu-based Early Rain Covenant Church (ERCC) was taken away by the place when he returned to his rented apartment with his landlord. Jia Xuewei, a member of ERCC house church, has been monitored and repeatedly harassed by the local authorities in Chengdu. He has been…