More than a thousand Pakistani Christians and church leaders in Lahore gathered outside of Punjab's legislative assembly on Wednesday to demand that the province's legislature throw out a proposed amendment that they beleive is designed to strip voting rights from religious minorities, women and workers in local elections.
According to UCA News, the proposed amendment would alter the electoral system so that women, religious minorities, and workers would not be able to vote for their representatives in their municipal councils.
Instead of voting for their own representatives who are legally allotted to their respective social classes, the amendment would give council members from the majority party the right to select the council's two female members, a non-Muslim member and representatives for workers and youth. more >>
Islamic State militants in Syria heinously tortured and killed a 12-year-old boy, along with 11 indigenous Christian missionaries, after they refused to leave their homeland or renounce Christ.
According to the Virginia-based Christian Aid Mission, a group that has been in contact with the slain missionaries' director, all 12 victims were captured on Aug. 7 in a village on the outskirts of Aleppo.
Three weeks later, IS militants questioned the captives about whether they converted from Islam when they became Christians, an offense that is punishable by death under the Islamic State's twisted legal code. The Christian captives were honest and admitted that they were once Muslims. more >>
A Yazidi community member has shared a gruesome story where one mother captured by the Islamic State terror group was told she ate the meat of her own toddler. The Yazidis have been speaking out about the atrocities they continue suffer at the hands of IS, and have criticized President Obama for not doing enough to help them.
Vian Dakhil spoke with Politico on Wednesday and explained that as many as 2,200 Yazidi women and girls have been kidnapped by IS and are being used a sex slaves. Another 420,000 Yazidis are living in refugee camps, which includes thousands of orphans who have no home.
Dakhil shared one particularly horrifying story, where IS fighters forced a starving mother to eat the meat of her own child, or at least told her so. more >>
A Syrian mother and widow was tortured with whips and hot coals by female members of the Islamic State terror group until she revealed the identities of the wives of fighters who took up arms against IS militants.
The Daily Mail reports that Um Abdo, 30, reluctantly gave up their names under extreme physcial torture. She was then forced to watch as her friends were murdered in a public execution at a local stadium.
Abdo, a school teacher living in a village outside of Allepo, lost her husband in 2013 when he was killed fighting against IS with the Free Syrian Army. Subsequently, Abdo was arrested by IS after it was revealed that she had connections to forces that opposed the jihadists. more >>
The Doctors Without Borders charity group said that President Barack Obama's apology for the bombing of one of the group's hospitals in the Afghan city of Kunduz is not enough, and called for an international investigation into what it said was an alleged "war crime."
"Governments up to now have been too polite or afraid to set a precedent," Dr. Joanne Liu, president of Doctors Without Borders, said according to CNN. "The tool exists, and it is time it is activated."
"We reiterate our (request) that the U.S. government consent to an independent investigation led by the International Humanitarian Fact-Finding Commission to establish what happened in Kunduz, how it happened, and why it happened," Liu added of the bombing that killed 22 people, including 12 members of its staff. more >>
Christian refugees who have managed to flee the Islamic State terror group in Syria have revealed in a testimony video that the jihadists are trafficking captured men and children to a so-called "school of death" where they carry out beheadings and sell young girls at a slave market.
"When we were in Syria they put us in a school, and it was called the school of death, they used it to behead all the men there. We all the knew that the men will be beheaded and the girls will be sold in the slave market," one girl says in a video captured by the media team of In Defense of Christians.
"There are whole families that lost all their children," adds one of the men. more >>