Baroness Sayeeda Warsi, the United Kingdom's first-ever Minister of Faith and also its first Muslim cabinet member, has demanded a greater international response to the religious persecution of Middle East Christians, specifically those in war-torn Syria. Warsi called religion-based segregation, discrimination and violence "the biggest challenge we face in this young century."
"Across the world, people are being singled out and hounded out simply for the faith they follow or the beliefs they hold," said Warsi, adding that various faiths "are falling victim to the new sectarianism that is breaking out across continents."
However, the U.K. politician, who also serves as Senior Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, went on to highlight Christianity, "a religion which is suffering particularly in the wake of changes to the Middle East." more >>
WASHINGTON – More Christians were killed in Northern Nigeria last year than in the rest of the world combined, according to the head of a human rights organization.
Ann Buwalda, executive director of the Jubilee Campaign, told The Christian Post on Thursday that an estimated 1,200 Christians were killed for their faith in Northern Nigeria.
"We documented 1,200 Nigerian Christians in the North of Nigeria who were killed, some by Boko Haram, some by Fulani herdsmen. These two types of attacks are persistent within several of the Northern Nigerian states," said Buwalda, who participated on a panel on Christian persecution in Nigeria. more >>
Human rights groups are calling China's election to the United Nations' Human Rights Council a "travesty," pointing out the country's very troublesome record on the issue.
"The Chinese government does not promote or protect human rights, even of its own citizens. To the contrary, the Chinese Communist Party is a brutal, totalitarian regime - one of the greatest human rights violators in the world. How can it then be a watchdog over human rights in other nations?" asked Reggie Littlejohn, president of Women's Rights Without Frontiers, in a statement.
"This is like the proverbial fox guarding the chicken coup or the wolf guarding the sheep. Rather, China will likely turn a blind eye to serious human rights abuses in other nations, to discourage other nations from challenging it on its own abysmal human rights record. China has no business on the U.N. Human Rights Council. Its presence damages the credibility of the Council," Littlejohn added, whose group raises awareness and fights against sexual slavery and forced abortion in China. more >>
North Korea has reportedly executed 80 prisoners across several cities, some for offenses like possessing a Bible, with a human rights group calling the executions a sign that the regime of Kim Jong-un is increasingly fearful of its own people.
"These executions are a reflection of two things at work: First, unlike his father, Kim Jong-Il, Kim Jong Eun has had to work aggressively to consolidate power once his father died. Remember that Kim Il Song had prepared for the transition to his son, Kim Jong-il and he was already in major leadership roles when Kim Il Song died," Suzanne Scholte, president of human rights group Defense Forum Foundation, said in an email to The Christian Post on Tuesday.
"Second, this is a reflection of a regime that is increasingly fearful of its own people and has to send a powerful, brutal message by doing high profile public executions. We have certainly seen these public executions used in the past by Kim Jong Il." more >>
Hundreds of attendees of the World Council of Churches' Tenth Assembly participated in a "pilgrimage of peace" taken in the 60th year since the armistice that ended the combat phase of the Korean War was signed.
An estimated 800 WCC participants joined the peace pilgrimage on Saturday, calling for the unification of the Korean Peninsula after generations of tensions between the North and South.
Former Ku Klux Klansman and Baptist preacher Edgar Ray Killen lost his appeal to the Supreme Court, who upheld the guilty verdict for the three murders of civil rights workers. Killen was convicted of manslaughter in 2005 and sentenced to 60 years in a Mississippi prison, where he will likely spend the rest of his life, given that he is currently 88 years old.
"We, as a family, are very pleased with that rejection and we were rather surprised that the appeal was even being considered," Rev. Julia Chaney Moss, the sister of one of the victims, told CBS News. "I wish the best for Mr. Killen and his family, whatever that can be."
Killen allegedly killed Michael Schwerner, James Chaney, and Andrew Goodman in 1964. The three men, in Mississippi as part of the civil rights movement, disappeared on June 21, 1965 and were later found dead and buried on a nearby farm. Killen was charged with the murders and found guilty of manslaughter; the story led to the famous movie, "Mississippi Burning," which was based on Killen's trial. more >>