Iran's government officials were involved in sex trafficking of women and girls, and some of them even forced girls into prostitution rings, a report by the State Department says. U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen says the report shows the Obama administration's "irresponsibility" in striking a nuclear deal with Tehran.
"Iran is a source, transit, and destination country for men, women, and children subjected to sex trafficking and forced labor," Trafficking in Persons Report 2015 says. "Organized groups reportedly subject Iranian women, boys, and girls to sex trafficking in Iran, as well as in the United Arab Emirates and Europe."
Iran is among the six countries in the Middle East and North Africa that have been placed on the Tier 3 List, the highest level of concern. more >>
BEIRUT — A small relief center tucked away in Lebanon's capital offers hope and humanitarian relief for Syrian refugees seeking shelter, safety and food.
"Our mission is to empower these children to live life to the fullest by providing them with an education, food and medical assistance. We believe that when we nurture a child with love and faith, it enables them to make the right choices and transform the world," explains pastor Said Deeb, general director of the Spring of Life Center.
A former businessman, Deeb left the corporate world after becoming a Christian in the 1990s. He soon turned his focus to humanitarian work among refugees in a country torn apart by decades of war and sectarian violence. more >>
Saudi Arabia is calling on every nation to implement a global blasphemy law to criminalize any act that defames religious beliefs and symbols of faith.
Abdulmajeed Al-Omari, director for external relations at the Ministry of Islamic Affairs for the kingdom, claims such abuse breeds intolerance, extremism and human rights violations throughput the world.
"We have made it clear that freedom of expression without limits or restrictions would lead to violation and abuse of religious rights," Al-Omari said. "This requires every nation to intensify efforts to criminalize insulting heavenly religions, prophets, holy books, religious symbols and places of worship." more >>
An Assyrian Christian woman who was kidnapped but recently released by the Islamic State terror group has revealed the jihadists stormed her home and forced her to trample on an image of Jesus Christ at gunpoint.
"They stormed in the door, their faces not covered. They put a gun to my chest and threw an image of Christ hanging on the wall on the floor. They asked me to step on it. I had no choice. My daughters and grandchildren were there. They took all of us to the river," the woman, whos name wasn't shared, told Al-Monitor in an interview posted on Thursday.
The woman was one of 253 Assyrians kidnapped by IS in a raid on 35 different villages along the Khabur River back in February. more >>
Israeli police say they've caught two Israeli men believed to be behind the arson attack on the historic church of Loaves and Fishes in Israel.
The church, which stands at the site where Christians believe Jesus multiplied five loaves of bread and two fish to feed 5,000 of His followers, was damaged extensively in a fire earlier this month.
Sparked in an act of religious and racial hatred, the arson attack caused widespread condemnation in Israel as well as solidarity protests by non-Christian Israelis. more >>
The Islamic State terrorist organization in Syria has beheaded an "infidel" woman as a wedding present to a Shariah judge, according to an IS defector.
In an interview with the Daily Mail, a 27-year-old female IS defector, who is referred to by the pseudonym of "Leena," recounted the many horrors that made her desperate to escape IS' rule in the Syrian town of Mayadin.
Leena stated that in one particular instance the so-called IS caliph, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, sanctioned the beheading of a female IS judge named Um Abdullah because a rival female judge named Roaa Um Khotaba al-Tunisi from Tunisia requested that she be allowed to kill an infidel as a wedding present. more >>