International Christian Concern (ICC)

· Christian Recording Network Devastated by January Charlie Hebdo Attacks in Niger
ICC Note: Part of the devastation still looming after the January Charlie Hebdo riots in Niger is the marginalization, death threats, and silencing of gospel proclamation in the overwhelming majority-Muslim nation. A gospel media recording and distribution center was attacked and Muslim rioters destroyed almost all of its hard copy media while thankfully, its staff…

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· Devastated Northeast Looms Large as Nigeria’s Buhari Takes Office
ICC Note: As Fulani Muslim president-elect Muhammadu Buhari sets to take office Friday in Nigeria, one of the most pressing concerns on his to-do list will be to address the devastation that Boko Haram has waged against the country's northeast. Not only has the militant Islamist terror group decimated the region's infrastructure, but they have…

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· Chinese Regulations Take Aim at Church Crosses
By Christopher Warner Proposed Rules Seen as ‘Power Play’ by Zhejiang Authorities 5/28/2015 Washington, D.C. (International Christian Concern) – International Christian Concern (ICC) is troubled by new rules proposed by government officials in the eastern province of Zhejiang, China.  In the past few weeks alone, Zhejiang provincial officials have taken down more than a dozen…

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· Pakistan Proposes Legislation to Curb Abuse of Deadly Blasphemy Laws
Government Takes First Step Towards Necessary Reform  5/28/2015 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) – International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that Pakistan is set to introduce new legislation will curb the misuse of the country’s notorious blasphemy laws. The Pakistani government has finalized a draft bill that will now be presented to the parliament for…

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· China Aims to Break Foreign Influence on Religion
ICC Note: The fear of foreign influences is nothing new to China, and President Xi’s call for religions in China to be loyal to the government is not new either.  We need to pray that Christians in China will be able to demonstrate good citizenship without compromising their primary allegiance to God, especially in light…

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· Copts Attacked For Alleged Disdain Of Islam
ICC Note: In yet another incident of violent attacks on Christians, at least ten homes were damaged by Molotov cocktails and stones as a group of young Muslims was angry over the Facebook posts of a Christian from their village, though now living in Jordan. At a conciliation session held by local elders his family…

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· Egypt’s Copts praise President Sisi but await more tangible support
ICC Note: Much of the Egyptian Coptic Community, the Christian minority that makes up about 10 percent of the country, has been impressed by the support given by President Sisi since his election nearly a year ago. The reality though is that attacks on Christians have continued, prosecution of Christians for blasphemy have continued, and…

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· Monks Won’t Leave Ancient Monastery Amid ISIL Threat
ICC Note: In one of the oldest Christian monasteries in Iraq, a small group of monks are committed to remaining. Militants from ISIS are nearby and have shown an increasing desire to eliminate the historical and cultural symbols that do not fit with their jihadist interpretations of Islam. The Kurdish Peshmerga is currently in control…

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· Bibles with Word ‘Allah’ To Be Barred from Part of Malaysia
ICC Note: The guidelines would severely limit the legal importation of Malay-language Bibles onto the Malaysian peninsula, which many Christians believe runs counter to Malaysian Prime Minister Najib’s pledge in 2011 to allow holy books to be distributed nationwide.   Jennifer Gomez for the Malaysian Insider 05/28/2015 Malaysia (UCA News)   A new set of…

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· Pakistan Proposes Legislation to Stop Abuse of Blasphemy Laws
ICC Note: Lawmakers in Pakistan are set to introduce new legislation to stop the abuse of the country's blasphemy laws. Many human rights groups have documented the widespread abuse of Pakistan's blasphemy laws which are often used to settle personal scores, property disputes, for financial gain, or due to religious hatred. The proposed law would punish…

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