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 >>
A mob of radical Muslims vandalized multiple churches in northern Nigeria and beat a Christian student nearly to death after he was accused of insulting the Muslim prophet Muhammad.
International Christian Concern reports that the attacks revolved around an argument at Abdu Gusau Polytechnic in Talata-Mafara, Zamfara State, between a Christian and a Muslim student on Sunday.
The Christian was accused of blasphemy by other Nigerian students and was severely beaten by the angry mob. His life was saved by a fellow Christian and a compassionate Muslim who helped carry the victim to the hospital. more >>
UPDATE: 9:30 PM AUG. 24: Twelve people, including seven students, were killed in an attack on the American University in Kabul that sent hundreds of students fleeing in panic, police said early on Thursday, before the assault ended when two gunmen were shot dead.
KABUL — The attack began at around 6:30 p.m. local time (1400 GMT) on Wednesday with a large explosion that officials said was a car bomb followed by gunfire, as suspected militants battled into the complex where foreign staff and pupils were working.
Elite Afghan forces surrounded the walled compound and eventually worked their way inside, according to a senior interior ministry official. more >>
The disabled mother of an Iranian Christian prisoner has asked authorities to release her son, who is being held in Rajaei-Shahr prison for his faith, explaining that because she is visually impaired she has not even been able to visit him.
Mohabat News reported on Tuesday that the prisoner, Ebrahim Firouzi, is one of several people being held in Iran because of their Christian faith. Firouzi recently refused to attend his appeals court hearing because officials did not allow him to access his defense documents, though the hearing was postponed for another four months because the appointed judge was not present.
The National Council of Resistance of Iran notes that Firouzi was arrested in August 2013, and in 2015 he was sentenced to five years in prison on the charges of "acting against national security," which is often the charge handed down to prisoners of faith in Iran. more >>