Advocacy

Leah Sharibu

Name: Leah Sharibu Age: 16 Country: Nigeria Incident: On February 19, 2018, a separate faction of Boko Haram, Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), abduced 110 schoolgirls from Government Girls Science and Technical College. Five of the girls were killed during the kidnapping, and 104 were returned safely to their homes. However, Leah Sharibu currently …

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Qin Defu

Name: Qin Defu (also known as Qin Derfu) Age: 37 Country: Sichuan Province, China Background: Qin Defu’s father was a preacher, and in 1989, Qin adopted Christianity and participated in the Three Self Patriotic Movement for many years before leaving the Movement and focusing instead on the house-church system, becoming a member of Early Rain …

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Shagufta Kausar and Shafqat Emmanuel

Name: Shagufta Kausar (F) and Shafqat Emmanuel (M) Country: Pakistan Background: Shagufta Kausar and Shafqat Emmanuel are a Pakistani Christian couple who, prior to their arrest, lived with their four young children in a Christian community in Gojra, Punjab. Shagufta has been the sole breadwinner of the family since her husband Shafqat became paralyzed in …

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Mary Mohammadi – Suspended sentence

Name: Mary Mohammadi Age: 21 Country: Iran Background: Christian convert Reason for arrest: In January 2020 Mary was arrested for her participation in Tehran protests against the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps of Iran’s attack on a Ukrainian passenger flight, leading to the untimely deaths of approximately 175 individuals. Upon her arrest, Mary was transported through …

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Farhad Fahandezh

Name: Farhad Fahandezh Area of Origin: Iran Age: 60 Background: Farhad is a Baha’i practitioner and member of a Baha’i administrative group called “Yaran-e-Iran” Reason for Arrest: On October 17, 2012, Farhad Fahandezh was arrested at his home in Gorgan, Iran for his involvement in the Baha’i faith and administrative organizations. He was held without …

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Mohammad Reza Omidi

Area of Origin: Islamic Republic of Iran Background: Omidi is an Iranian Christian convert who, alongside three other Christian men, have been leading the “Church of Iran” since Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani’s most recent arrest in July 2017. Reason for arrest: Iran’s Ministry of Intelligence arrested Omidi and three other church leaders from a home worship …

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USCIRF Releases Vietnam Country Update

In June, the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom released an update on religious freedom conditions in Vietnam, with special focus on religious prisoners of conscience among the Hoa Hao Buddhists, Christians, and Catholics, who are detained for a multitude of reasons including failure to register religious activities under the strict Law on Belief …

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