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North Korean Couple Killed During Attempted Escape

A North Korean couple has been shot by firing squad immediately following their attempted escape via the border with South Korea, according to Radio Free Asia. A North Korean citizen from Ryanggang, the city in which the couple lived prior to their untimely death, has explained that the middle-aged couple had received a call from …

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Pakistani Christian Asia Bibi’s Brother Brutally Murdered in Sheikhupura

As many members of the international religious freedom and human rights community will remember, Asia Bibi is a Pakistani laborer who was convicted in 2010 of blasphemy following an incident in which she was accused by three Muslim coworkers of making blasphemous comments about the Prophet. Despite Asia’s claims that she did not make such …

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“Atmosphere of Anarchy and Despair”: Recent Attacks in Kaduna State, Nigeria Leave At Least 23 Nigerian Christians Dead and Many More Wounded

Throughout one week in mid-May 2020, numerous Adara communities of southern Kaduna State, Nigeria, were relentlessly attacked by suspected Fulani militants, leading to the gruesome and untimely deaths of at least 23 Nigerian Christians and injuries of tens of others who sustained brutal injuries from guns and machetes. Gonan Rogo village was the first to …

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Iran Cracking Down on Christian Converts, Even Amidst the Pandemonium

Middle East Concern has recently released an article explaining the situation of four unlucky Iranian Christian converts who have recently attended their hearing on May 14th in regards to the charges raised against them for participating in “house church membership.” The group of four, including Ramin Hassanpour, Kathrin Sajadpour, Moslem Rahimi, and another who wishes …

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Former Egyptian Christian Now a Dedicated Muslim?

Coptic Solidarity recently released shocking news that 39-year-old Ranya Abd al-Masih, an Egyptian Coptic Christian schoolteacher, wife, and mother, was seen in a video just a few days after her disappearance on April 22. In this video, her entire demeanor had shifted; crying, she claimed that herself and her entire family have converted to Islam …

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Pakistan Establishes National Commission for Minorities

In early May, it was confirmed that the Government of Pakistan had officially established a National Commission for Minorities, nearly six years after a decision by Supreme Court of Pakistan highlighting the necessity of a national body to “monitor the practical realization of the rights and safeguards provided to the minorities under the Constitution and …

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Passage of Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act

On May 14, the United States Senate unanimously passed the Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act, a landmark bill that holds the Chinese Communist Party responsible for the mass internment and persecution of Uyghurs. This legislation also “endorses targeted sanctions on culpable Chinese government officials, and creates a mandate for reports on human rights abuses in …

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Genocide in Myanmar

Throughout March and April, ethnic violence and internal displacement in Myanmar has been on the rise, despite the International Court of Justice’s ruling in late January that the government of Myanmar must “refrain from acts of genocide against the Rohingya.” Such was a landmark decision that recognized the genocidal tactics used against Rohingya Muslims, such …

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Iran Updates on Prisoners of Conscience: Fatemeh Bakhteri and Mary Mohammadi

Background: Iran remains one of USCIRF’s recommendations for the designation as a Country of Particular Concern in regards to international religious freedom. As an Islamic nation, religious minorities such as Baha’is and Christians are routinely detained for apostasy, blasphemy, and evangelism. According to USCIRF, “Iran harasses, fines, and arrests those who dissent from its interpretation …

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