The Pakistani Supreme Court appeal hearing on the case of Asia Bibi, the Christian mother of five who was sentenced to death after being accused of committing blasphemy against Islam, has been indefinitely adjourned after one of the judges removed himself based on a possible conflict of interest.
BBC News reports that hundreds of riot police were deployed around the Supreme Court in the capital, Islamabad, fearful of actions by radicals who demand that Bibi be put to death for allegedly insulting the Islamic prophet Muhammad, something which she denies.
Judge Iqbal Hameed ur Rehman, one of the three judges who was was supposed to hear Bibi's appeal, recused himself on Thursday from the case. more >>
The campaigns of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton have both spoken with persecution watchdog groups about the violence Christians face around the world, and have been urged to explain their plan of action to the American people.
Open Doors USA president and CEO David Curry told The Christian Post in a phone interview that representatives of the two candidates met this week with a group of individuals and organizations promoting religious freedom around the world, following a petition and letter writing campaign.
Curry said that the meetings were "productive," and focused on urging both the Trump and Clinton campaigns to think about how they would "integrate religious freedom issues into larger discussions within the administration." more >>
Following reports that a 35-year-old woman was stabbed to death by her husband in Sydney, Australia, for converting to Christianity, persecution news agencies are bringing attention to the vast number of Iranians who are forced to flee the country after their conversions.
"Christianity has been spreading rapidly among Iranians in recent years. This has caused many of them being forced to leave Iran as the government doesn't tolerate conversion from Islam," Mohabat News, an Iranian Christian news agency, reported on Sunday.
"Iranian expats have been embracing Christianity in large numbers as well. Many describe this wave of conversion to Christianity among Iranians living outside Iran as a spiritual awakening among them." more >>
Nadia Murad, a young Yazidi woman whose family was massacred by the Islamic State terror group while she was kept as a sex slave before she managed to escape and later testify before the U.N. about the genocide of religious minorities in Iraq and Syria, has been awarded the prestigious Vaclav Havel Human Rights Prize in Strasbourg on Monday.
The Independent reported that Murad, 23, who was initially captured by IS in 2014 and subjected to severe sexual and physical abuse, has been speaking out on the plight of minorities ever since, urging world leaders to do more to protect persecuted people.
The Havel Award, named after a former Czech president, honors outstanding action in defense of human rights, and carries with it a $66,000 prize. more >>
InterVarsity Christian Fellowship USA is denying the claims of a Time Magazine story that it will be firing employees who support same-sex marriage.
Time Magazine published a story on Thursday that stated that the evangelical Christian group was going to begin "involuntary terminations" for staff who support gay marriage.
In a statement posted to its Facebook page, InterVarsity denied the validity of the Time story, saying that it "wrongly stated that InterVarsity is firing employees for supporting gay marriage." more >>
After lobbying for years to be reunited with her husband imprisoned for his Christian faith in Iran, Naghmeh Abedini, the estranged wife of Pastor Saeed Abedini, revealed on Tuesday that her husband, who was released from prison earlier this year, has filed for divorce and he believes it is the "only path toward healing."
"It is with a heavy and broken heart that I inform all of you who have prayed and wept with our family the last few years, that Saeed has rejected counseling for anger and abuse and has filed for a divorce. There will be a time to share more fully, but for now, we appreciate your prayers," Nagmeh announced to her nearly 85,000 followers on Facebook Tuesday evening.