International Christian Concern (ICC)

· Everything You Need to Know Regarding Boko Haram’s Heinous Schoolgirl Abduction
Case Summary On the night of April 14th, more than 100 armed Boko Haram militants masquerading as members of the Nigerian Army abducted 276 students from the Government Girls Secondary School after setting several buildings ablaze and shooting their way past the compound’s security staff. The abduction lasted approximately six hours as the kidnappers hand-selected [...]
· Uzbekistan Officials Climb over Wall, Illegally Confiscate Personal Property of Christians
UZBEKISTAN: Another jailing, large fines for meeting upheld, more confiscations Uzbekistan already enforces several laws that allow it to violate the religious freedom of Christians and other minorities. When those laws prove an inconvenience, however, state officials have shown a recurring willingness to perform even illegal actions in order to keep religious minorities in line. [...]
· NEWS | Secretary of State Kerry Highlights Pastor Saeed’s Plight in Religious Freedom Report
In announcing the release of an annual report on international religious freedom, John Kerry addressed the increasingly troubling issues of Christian persecution in the Middle East. Secretary of State Kerry highlighted Pastor Saeed Abedini in Iran, a pastor arrested for his faith in 2012. Secretary Kerry called for his release and promised to continue to [...]
· US State Department: Millions Forced to Flee for Religious Beliefs in 2013
U.S. says millions forced to flee for religious beliefs in 2013 ICC Note: The 2013 Annual Report on International Religious Freedom was released on Monday, July 28, 2014, at the U.S. Department of State. The report lists eight countries of particular concern: Burma, China, Eritrea, Iran, North Korea, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan. Read [...]
· NYT Reports China’s Cross Demolition Campaign Continues: Video
China Moves Against 2 Churches in Campaign Against Christianity ICC Note: The anti-church campaign in China have been carried out in Zhejiang Province for over three months since April this year. Zhejiang Provincial government ignores its citizens' cry for justice and determines to forcibly remove church cross or church building without going through legal process. [...]
· Secretary of State Kerry Highlights Pastor Saeed’s Plight in Religious Freedom Report
ICC Note: In announcing the release of an annual report on international religious freedom, John Kerry addressed the increasingly troubling issues of Christian persecution in the Middle East. Secretary of State Kerry highlighted Pastor Saeed Abedini in Iran, a pastor arrested for his faith in 2012. Secretary Kerry called for his release and promised to [...]
· Revival in Iran: ‘I Want to Be a Christian’
ICC Note: With violence following Christians throughout the Middle East and governments brutally repressing the church, it can be hard to look past the persecution. However, a closer look at the church in Iran brings an encouraging note to the recent wave of arrests. A revival is taking place in Iran, bringing many to Jesus [...]
· Iraqi Christians Brave Heat to Demand Help from United Nations
ICC Note: As Iraqi Christians are forcibly removed from their homes and their communities are destroyed by ISIS, they have called upon the U.N. for protection. Withstanding temperatures as high as 122 degrees, 500 Christians gathered in front of the U.N. building in Erbil to protest the West’s apathetic response to their persecution and their [...]
· Suicide Bomb Targets Kano Church, Kills Five
ICC Note: At least five congregants of the St. Charles Catholic Church in Kano's predominantly Christian Sabon Gari district have been killed in a suicide bombing, likely perpetrated by Boko Haram. A radical Islamic insurgency bent on establishing a separate Islamic state to be ruled by Sharia law, Boko Haram has steadily worked towards the eradication of Christians in Nigeria's increasingly lawless north. In the first 6 months [...]
· U.S. Report Highlights Suffering of Religious Minorities in Pakistan
ICC Note: In a report released by the U.S. State Department, the U.S. government has highlighted the suffering of religious minorities in Pakistan, including Christians. Secretary of State, John Kerry, said that Pakistan has failed to bring perpetrators of religious violence to justice and has failed to provide security for religious minorities and their places [...]

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