International Christian Concern (ICC)

· NEWS | Female Christian Prisoner Faces Health Issues in Iranian Prison
Christian prisoner, Maryam Zargaran, is suffering from vast physical ailments in her Iranian cell, while the prison officials refuse to provide her with proper medical care. Maryam is imprisoned because of her faith in Evin Prison. She is now plagued by nausea, ear pain and chronic pain in her joints and spinal cord. Despite these…

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· Egypt Arrests Human Rights Activist in Cairo Without Warning
Activist for Egypt’s Coptic Christian Minority Faces a Myriad of Charges  5/23/2016 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern): International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that Mina Thabet, a well-known human rights activist in Egypt, was arrested suddenly in his home in Cairo at 3:30 a.m. on Thursday, May 19, 2016. This comes as the latest in…

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· Disabled, but Forgiving: Kenyan Christian Learns Grace through Suffering
By Troy Augustine, Sandra Elliot and James Kake Several quarry workers from central Kenya knew they were choosing dangerous work traveling to Mandera, Kenya, for a lucrative job in a region teeming with Islamist al-Shabaab terrorists. However, they never thought that their identity as Christians would place a target on their backs. “The loud blasts…

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· Egypt Parliament to discuss easing restrictions on church-building
ICC Note: The Egyptian Parliament is discussing a  proposal for the construction of churches in the predominantly muslim nation. Christians hope this will ease the administrative and tangible hurdles they face when trying to build a house of worship. The bill includes 13 articles that define a “church” and different ways to address building issues…

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· ‘Can Christians Be Butchers?’ Tanzania’s Islamist Tensions Continue
ICC Note: All over Tanzania where Christians live in majority-Muslim communities, followers of Christ face persecution if they seek employment as butchers. That's because Muslims protest the idea of the sale of meat that's prepared apart from ceremonial butchering practices known as "halal." In Islam, butchers must follow specific guidelines in order that the food…

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· Female Christian Prisoner Faces Health Issues in Iranian Prison
ICC Note: Christian prisoner, Maryam Zargaran, is suffering from vast physical ailments in her Iranian cell, while the prison officials refuse to provide her with proper medical care. Maryam is imprisoned because of her faith in Evin Prison. She has a rough medical history having undergone heart surgery nine years ago. She is now plagued…

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· Wave of Kidnappings Rock Upper Egypt’s Christian Community – Part 1
By Sandra Elliot 5/23/2016 Washington, D.C. (International Christian Concern) - The following is the first of six different accounts in which Christian women and girls have been kidnapped and brutally forced into conversion and Islamic marriages. International Christian Concern (ICC) has recently learned of this resurging phenomenon of cruelty and persecution against Christian women in…

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· ‘The Shrapnel Finds Us Wherever We Hide’
ICC Note: Bombs continue to fall in Christian-majority regions of Sudan where, in a conflict between the Sidanese government and separatist rebels, the oppressive state has targeted civilian populations in order to displace locals. While the world continues to rightfully clamor about genocide in Darfur, the same is happening in the Nuba Mountains region of…

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· Christians Arrested on Trumped Up Forced Conversion and Sedition Charges in India
ICC Note: Three Christians in India's Madhya Pradesh state have been arrested and charged with multiple crimes, including causing forced conversions and sedition. This arrests follow an incident earlier this month when a Christian wedding was broken up by Hindu radicals claiming the couple being married were forcefully converted to Christianity. When news broke that…

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· Obama Administration Lifts Vietnam Weapons Embargo Leaving Human Rights Issue in Question
ICC NOTE: In a move that was seen by many media and foreign policy experts, the Obama administration has lifted the weapons embargo on the communist nation of Vietnam. The decisions comes during his latest Asian tour as he arrived in Vietnam over the weekend to discuss economic and security issues with the former adversary. The…

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