Iranian-American Pastor Saeed Abedini, formerly a hostage held in Iran, has condemned the continued mass executions of prisoners in the Islamic Republic, including Christians, and asked why the United States, the European Union and the U.N. are not doing anything to stop Iran.
Abedini posted photos of recently executed prisoners in Iran on Facebook Monday, noting that one of the men put to death was a Christian by the name of Ali Asadi.
"Every Wednesday in Rajaeeshar prison [where] I was for more than two years, [the] Islamic Republic of Iran executes tens of people by hanging them," Abedini wrote. more >>
In a newly released propaganda video, the Islamic State terror group shows five children executing Kurdish prisoners in Syria's ar-Raqqah city, and one of the children is British, according to SITE Intelligence.
The child soldiers, shown in the 9-minute video wearing their military uniforms and black head covers, have been identified as British, Egyptian, Kurdish, Tunisian and Uzbek.
The five prisoners were "atheist Kurds" and "spies," according to reports. more >>
Two daughters of Asia Bibi, a Christian mother of five who was sentenced to death in 2010 on accusations of blasphemy, say a mob of Islamist fanatics tortured them because of the allegation against their mother.
"My friends told me that people were torturing my mother at the fields where she used to work," Esham Masih, Asia Bibi's oldest daughter, told the U.K.'s Daily Mail, recalling how one day while coming back from school she found her mother being abused by a group of men. Esham was just 9 at the time.
"I rushed to the spot and found that she was being abused and tortured by men. They had even torn her clothes," she said, adding that she ran back home to get new clothes for her mother. When she brought the clothes, the men came back. "The angry men came back and started torturing us both and tore down her clothes again," Esham explained. more >>
Persecuted Christians in India have been given hope for justice concerning the 2008 massacre in Orissa, where close to 100 Christians were killed in a riot, after the government revealed earlier this month that it will reopen 315 cases of violence.
Fides News Agency reported on Thursday that the Supreme Court of India has ordered the government of Orissa state to review all cases that were reported to the police at the time, but were not adequately investigated.
The violence on Aug. 25, 2008, against Christians in Kandhamal sparked by Hindu radicals who accused Christians of converting other Hindus to their religion, led to the destruction of 5,600 homes, along with 300 churches and other places of worship. more >>
The American Center for Law and Justice and other groups are calling on Christians to raise up their voices to support Asia Bibi, a Christian mother of five whose death sentence appeal will be heard by Pakistan's Supreme Court in October.
Bibi was sentenced to death in 2010 on allegations of blasphemy after two co-workers accused her of insulting the Muslim prophet Muhammad. Earlier this week, the Supreme Court set a date in October for her final appeal hearing to determine whether she will be executed or not.
The ACLJ is urging Christians to sign a petition, which has over 417,000 signatures as of Thursday morning, describing Bibi's case as the "ultimate human rights violation," and calls for her release. more >>
An 18-year-old Yazidi girl, now being taken care of in Germany, burned her entire face and body last year while being kept as a sex slave by the Islamic State terror group in Iraq, looking to make herself "undesirable," so the militants would stop raping her.
The Associated Press reports that the girl, identified as Yasmin, was 17 and living in an IS camp when she decided to douse herself in gasoline and set herself on fire, which burned away her hair, nose, lips and ears.
Yasmin is one of 1,100 women, mainly of the Yazidi religious minority, who are receiving medical and psychological care in Germany for the ordeals they have suffered, The Christian Post reported earlier this year. more >>