Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, whose government has persecuted Christians under a strict interpretation of Shariah law, has fled South Africa over fears that he might be arrested after the International Criminal Court charged him with war crimes.
BBC News reported on Monday that Bashir, who was in Johannesburg for an African Union summit, has fled the country as the Pretoria High Court was deciding whether he should be handed over to the ICC.
The court has charged him with committing war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide in the ongoing war in Darfur in Sudan, which has led to over 300,000 deaths since 2003. more >>
A Christian man has shared his story of how he was imprisoned, tortured, and starved for his faith in an Eritrean prison, shedding light on some of the abuses the U.N. Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights has recently accused the government of carrying out.
"They take you outside in the hot sun with nothing to make you suffer and leave you out in the cold at night. ... I was praying and God told me, 'Don't be afraid. It will pass. Stand in your faith,'" the man, identified as 'Yohan,' told International Christian Concern.
The persecution watchdog group added that Yohan had been "tied up like an animal" and forced to eat "trash mixed with dirty rain water," while bound outside and exposed to torrential rains, a burning desert sun at day and bitter cold nights. more >>
An unnamed Egyptian man was purportedly forced to dig his own grave and was executed in Egypt's Sinai region because ISIS militants believed he was working for Israeli intelligence.
A heavily edited ISIS propaganda video of the alleged incident surfaced Wednesday on YouTube.
At the beginning of the video, the man is seen chatting in Arabic on a cellphone after he's captured by ISIS militants. Then dressed in an orange jumpsuit, he can be seen digging his own grave and mumbling to himself before being shot execution style in the back of the head with a pistol by a masked ISIS militant. more >>
Two Sudanese pastors who are potentially facing the death penalty after being arrested and imprisoned on trumped-up charges of alleged conspiracy and espionage, were removed from a low-security military prison and transferred to a more dangerous facility where they've been denied access to visitors, the pastors lawyers have said.
Revs. Peter Yen Reith and Yat Michael, who've been detained since the winter and charged with violating seven laws including spying, undermining the government and insulting religion, were transferred from the Omdurman Prison for Men outside of Khartoum — where they were allowed to see their families and lawyers — to Kober Prison in North Khartoum, a high-security detention center.
According to an advocacy group closely following the case, Christian Solidarity Worldwide, no one — not even their wives or lawyers — has been allowed to visit with the pastors since their transfer to Kober. more >>
An interfaith group of religious leaders who advocate for abortion has called on the Obama administration to pressure countries that have restrictions on the procedure to lift their bans for women who've been raped and impregnated by members of terrorist groups such as ISIS and Boko Haram. Pro-life activists, however, argue that the proposal is "reprehensible."
On Thursday, the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice — which previously told The Christian Post that the organization opposes any restrictions on abortion, including during the third trimester — and the Center for Health and Gender Equity held a "Faith Leaders' Summit" on the issue, just steps from the White House at St. John's Episcopal Church.
Christian, Muslim and Jewish leaders called for changes to be made to the Helms Amendment (named after the-late Sen. Jesse Helms, R-N.C.), which is a 42-year-old federal law that prevents U.S. foreign aid from being used to fund abortion "as a method of family planning or to motivate or coerce any person to practice abortion." more >>
The Presbyterian Church USA recently reached out to President Barack Obama and other U.S. officials urging them to use their resources to ensure that the rights of two Sudanese pastors facing possible execution for preaching the Gospel are upheld in Sudan.
South Sudan Presbyterian pastors Yat Michael and Peter Yein Reith are on trial in Sudan for various crimes including: responsibility for joint criminal acts, undermining the constitutional system, waging war against the state, disturbing the peace, blasphemy, agitating hatred, espionage and unlawfully obtaining and disclosing official documents.
Three of the charges — undermining the constitutional system, espionage and waging war against the state — are all considered crimes against the state and are punishable by a life sentence or death, according to Kathy Melvin, director of communications for the Presbyterian Mission Agency a division of PCUSA. more >>