The United States government has again refused to designate Pakistan as a "country of particular concern" for the 14th year in a row despite the fact that religious persecution in the country is reaching ever higher levels.
State Department spokesman John Kirby announced last Friday that Tajikistan has been added to the United States' list of "countries of particular concern," a list created under the 1998 International Religious Freedom Act (IRFA). Tajikistan joins nations like Saudi Arabia, North Korea, China, Eritrea, Iran, Sudan and Uzbekistan as some of the worst religious freedom violators in the world.
Kirby gave little explanation as to why those countries made the list and others did not. However, the fact that Pakistan was left off the list ignores the recommendation from the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, which is a government commission created by the IRFA. USCIRF has called on the U.S. government to label Pakistan as a country of particular concern every year since 2002. more >>
While campaigning for her mother in New York on Sunday, Chelsea Clinton told a room full of potential voters that the woman's right to abort her child is "at the core of our human rights."
The 36-year-old daughter of Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton spoke to a room of a about 100 people in Poughkeepsie, New York just hours before Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump held a campaign rally at the Mid-Hudson Civic Center in the town.
The Poughkeepsie Journal reports that Clinton initially took shots her mother's Democratic challenger, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, but then switched the topic to discuss what she believes to be one of the most pivotal human rights — abortion. more >>
A Christian house church leader and his wife were buried alive in China's central Henan province for protesting against the government-ordered demolition of their church, and while the man managed to escape, his wife suffocated to death.
China Aid reported on the grisly news on Monday, noting the tragedy occurred last week at Beitou Church in Zhumadian, Henan province. Communist government authorities reportedly ordered the demolition of the church after Li Jiangong, the person in charge of the church, and his wife, Ding Cuimei, refused to hand over the church grounds to a local developer.
The husband and wife decided to try and stop the demolition and stepped in front of the bulldozing crew, but were purposefully shoved into a pit, where a bulldozer covered their bodies with soil. more >>
A radical Islamic jihadi-turned-Christian evangelist says he accepted Christ as his Savior after Jesus foiled his plot to kill the daughter of a Christian pastor by bringing his hand down from Heaven to give her blood.
Al-Rashid, a former commander of a radical terrorist group in the Middle East, recently told Assist News Service all about how he went from being the leader of a Christian-hunting militant outfit to becoming a full-fledged Christian evangelist.
As reports of numerous Muslim conversions to Christianity enraged Rashid over the years, he explained that he was inspired to form a special terrorist task force designed to hunt down Christian leaders who are converting Muslims away from Islam. more >>
As Christian persecution across the globe reaches levels never before seen, churches throughout the U.S. will devote time during Sunday worship services to pray for victims by taking part in "Stand With the Persecuted Sunday."
Eight prominent religious liberty organizations — Open Doors USA, the Institute on Religion & Democracy, The Voice of the Martyrs, In Defense of Christians, Christian Solidarity Worldwide USA, International Christian Concern, 21st Century Wilberforce Initiative and the Family Research Council — are calling on over 40,000 American churches to designate a small portion of their services this weekend to pray for those around the globe that have been persecuted because of their faith in Jesus Christ.
Besides prayer, the initiative also calls on churches to show a brief video highlighting the plight of Christians across the world, distribute a special bulletin insert, participate in practical ministries and promote policy and legislation designed to protect the persecuted. more >>
Islamic State militants have reportedly murdered Muslims who helped Christians escape the wrath of the brutal terror group in the besieged Syrian town of al-Qaryatain.
It was widely reported after IS (also known as ISIS or ISIL) conquered the town of al-Qaryatain last August, the group kidnapped as many as many as 230 Assyrian Christian hostages and forced them to sign contracts that required them to submit to IS' laws or be killed. Now that the town was liberated by Russian-backed Syrian forces earlier this month, local sources have been able to detail the plight of Christians and their quests to escape from the town under IS' rule.
According to sources who spoke with Fides news agency, many of the Christians who were kidnapped by IS in the town were freed on or around Oct. 10, 2015. It was in October that Christians, aided by Muslim friends, began to flee the city. more >>