A London-based human rights charity will open a free primary school in a poverty-stricken area of Pakistan that aims to give Christian children an education, an alternative to working as bonded laborers and a chance to break free from their family's cycle of poverty.
The British Pakistani Christian Association announced earlier this week that it has purchased land in the town of Kasur, just outside the city of Lahore, and will build the free school to be named after 12-year-old childhood martyr Tim Iqbal Masih, who was shot and killed in 1995 after helping to free thousands of children from bonded labor.
BPCA has provided extensive human aid to Christians and others in Kasur after several Christian families' mud homes were badly damaged by severe flooding last year. But as BPCA provided things like free medical examinations and treatments, the organization noticed a pressing need for a free educational outlet for the children. more >>
The Islamic State terrorist organization has executed as many as 250 women and some of their families in Mosul for refusing to become sex slaves, a Kurdish official has said.
In an interview with the Iranian-based AhlulBayt news agency, Said Mamuzini, a Kurdistan Democratic Party official from Mosul, explained that IS (also known as ISIS or ISIL) has enforced severe consequences on women who refuse to participate in "sexual jihad."
Since conquering Iraq's second-largest city in June 2014, the militant group has forced hundreds, if not thousands, of religious minority women to sexually submit to the group's jihadis by way of forced, temporary marriages. more >>
American Pastor Saeed Abedini believes Iranian intelligence police tried to hack into his Facebook account after he posted a message criticizing the Islamic regime for jailing thousands of political prisoners.
"After my recent post on my Facebook (Proverbs 17:7) about Iran government today, Iran intelligent police tried to hack my Facebook account but they haven't been successful," he wrote on Wednesday, adding that it could also have been a threat for him to stop posting.
Abedini, who was held hostage inside Iran's prisons for three and a half years for his Christian faith before being released in January, had earlier posted a comment insisting that despite Iranian officials' denials, the Islamic Republic does indeed jail people for religious and political reasons. more >>
After coming under fire for posting a comment on Facebook in defense of state laws aimed at protecting women in public bathrooms, former baseball pitcher Curt Schilling defended himself Tuesday by telling people it is their fault if they are offended in a lengthy follow up blog post
It was reported on Monday that Schilling, who is a baseball analyst for ESPN, reposted a picture on Facebook of a creepy-looking middle aged man wearing a blonde wig and provocative women's clothing along with this caption: "Let Him In! to the restroom with your daughter, or else you are a narrow minded, unloving racist bigot who needs to die!!!"
In a comment to the posted meme, which has since been deleted, Schilling wrote: "A man is a man no matter what they call themselves. I don't care what they are, who they sleep with, men's room was designed for the penis, women's not so much. Now you need laws telling us differently, Pathetic!" more >>
The Turkish government has seized the last remaining Christian churches in the war-torn southeastern city of Diyarbakir and declared them as state property.
World Watch Monitor reports that the administration of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has expropriated sections of property throughout Diyarbakir on the grounds that it will rebuild and restore the historical center of the city following 10 months of urban conflict.
Included in seizures are Catholic, Protestant and Orthodox churches. But now, the churches, one of which is over 1,700 years old, effectively become state property in a country where about 98 percent of the population is Muslim. more >>
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 >>