International Christian Concern (ICC)

· NEWS | Presidential Candidates have an Opportunity to Raise International Religious Freedom Issues
In the hustle and bustle of the 2016 presidential election, both candidates have an opportunity to make international religious freedom an issue. Read the latest article from the Washington Examiner to learn more and how exactly candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump can make such an important freedom a top priority for his or her…

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· Arrest of Christian Workers Serves the Sudanese Government Against Criticizing Islam
ICC Note: The South Sudanese government continues to harass and intimidate Christians for disagreeing with their Islamic regime. Several cases have been reported where Sudan’s National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) targets and incarcerates Christian citizens because they are deemed as undesirable for exposing government oppression. On December of 2015, two pastors were arrested and…

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· Global Christian group calls for peace between the two Koreas
ICC Note:  A Global Christian organization called The World Communion of Reformed Churches based in Hanover, Germany, sent a delegation to Pyongyang to meet with North Korean church leaders in the wake of last month's devastating floods and heightened tensions following the country's fifth nuclear test. The organization encouraged dialogue between the two Koreas in…

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· At Least 20 Churches in Aleppo, Syria Have Been Destroyed
ICC Note: At least 20 Christian churches in Aleppo, Syria have been destroyed because of airstrikes. Before the war, 60 percent of Aleppo’s population was Christian but now there are only about 27,000-30,000 Christians left. These Christians join another 225,000 Syrians who are trapped in Aleppo and are enduring bomb blasts, sickness, hunger, unreliable electricity,…

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· Three priests are ordained despite tension against Christians in Laos
ICC Note: In Laos, where Christians make up 1% of the country’s six million people, three Catholic priests have been ordained. With the addition of these priests, there is now a total of 20 priests in Communist Laos. Many gathered for the special event. There were two Laotian bishops, a bishop from Thailand and another from…

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· Muslim Boat Captain on Trial for Drowning 6 Christian Refugees
ICC Note: A Muslim boat captain is on trial for beating then pushing six Christian refugees into the water while transporting them from Morocco to Spain. Surviving refugees reported that the captain searched refugees upon their arrival to see if he could identify anyone as a Christian. The captain contends poor weather caused the boat…

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· Presidential Candidates have an Opportunity to Raise International Religious Freedom Issues
ICC NOTE: In the hustle and bustle of the 2016 presidential election, both candidates have an opportunity to make international religious freedom an issue. Read the latest article from the Washington Examiner to learn more and how exactly candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump can make such an important freedom a top priority for his…

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· One Year Later, 2015′s Beef Lynching Still A Source Of Controversy In India
ICC Note: One year after a Muslim man in India's Uttar Pradesh State was beaten to death by a mob for allegedly slaughtering and eating a cow, the lynching remains a source of controversy. Following the incident, which made international headlines, "cow protection groups" proliferated across India. Since the rise of the current government, led by the…

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· NGOs Call for Asia Bibi’s Release in Pakistan on International Blasphemy Day
ICC Note: NGOs are calling on Pakistan to finally release Asia Bibi, a Christian woman on death row for allegedly uttering blasphemous remarks about the prophet Muhammad. In 2009, Bibi was accused of blasphemy by Muslim co-workers who were angry that a Christian would use the same water bowl as Muslims. Pakistan's notorious blasphemy laws are…

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· Witness Forced to Film Father Jacques Hamel’s Brutal Murder
ICC Note: As previously reported, an 86-year-old French priest named Jacques Hamel was brutally murdered by Islamic extremists in July. While speaking to the public for the first time since the attack, a witness reported that the attackers forced him to film the murder. The witness was also severely injured during the incident, as he…

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