International Christian Concern (ICC)

· PHOTO: ISIS Imposes Religious Tax on Christians in Syria
Photo: A new photo series purportedly released by the Islamic State shows an ISIS militant imposing the "jizya" tax on Christians in Al-Qaryatayn, near Homs, Syria. International Christian Concern has learned that ISIS militants have issued the contract in central Syria that grants the Christian protection of their lives in exchange for a tax and…

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· Dead or Alive – the Seven Lives of Boko Haram’s Leader
ICC News: Boko Haram's firebrand leader Ababukar Shekau has been reported dead countless times in the past and recent military advances against the group again call into question whether or not he remains alive. Shekau has become notorious for his terrifying rhetoric self-consciously targeting Christians, his brash style mocking western leaders and media attention, all…

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· ISIS Issues Contract of “Dhimmitude” to Give “Safety” to Syrian Christians
By Todd Daniels 09/03/2015 Washington, D.C. (International Christian Concern) – International Christian Concern has learned that ISIS militants have issued a contract between them and the Christians of the city of al-Quaryatayn in central Syria that grants them protection of their lives in exchange for a tax and agreement to follow a set of strict…

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· Thousands of Survivors of Anti-Christian Riots Accuse BJP of Protecting Religious Terrorism
ICC Note: Earlier this week, thousands of Christian survivors of India's worst incident of Christian persecution took to the streets in protest demanding justice for those affected by the 2008 anti-Christian riots that swept across parts of India's Odisha state. Seven years after the violence, many of the survivors remain displaced and unable to return…

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· Reverend Carballeda Released from Prison in Cuba
ICC Note: Reverend Jesús Noel Carballeda has finally been released after serving six months in Valle Grande Prison. The pastor was detained in February when he was informed that he was being held for conducting unauthorized religious activity through his unregistered church. Carballeda was also imprisoned for four months in 2000 after neighbors complained that…

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· Indonesian Bishop Seeks Justice for Killings in Restive Papua
ICC Note: The Indonesian military says that is capable to bring soldiers to account for any wrongdoing, should they be found guilty.  But that is the question raised by many in Indonesia: is the military able to police itself? By Katharina R. Lestari, Jakarta 9/02/2015 Indonesia (UCANews.com) Indonesian Bishop John Philip Saklil of Timika in…

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· Why Al-Bashir’s Visit to the UN Presents the US With a Diplomatic Challenge
ICC Note: Notorious persecutor of the Church, Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir already controversially escaped South Africa unscathed in June when he visited Johannesburg for an African Union Summit and his planned trip to the United Nations this month presents the United States government with a legal dilemma. Bashir is wanted by the International Criminal Court…

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· Youhanabad Church Bombings Suspects Killed by Police in Pakistan
ICC Note: Yesterday, three suspects believed to be tied to the March church bombings in Lahore's Christian majority neighborhood of Youhanabad were killed by police. The police had taken the suspects to a village where they were to retrieve suicide vests and weapons as part of their investigation when they reportedly came under attack from…

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· Myanmar Election Body Rejects Muslim Parliamentary Candidates
ICC Note:  Myanmar’s upcoming elections in November face many obstacles in order to be declared ‘fair and free’.  These rejection of Muslim candidates reveal how difficult it will be for those of an ethnic or religious minority to take part in this election. By Shwe Yi Myintzu, Khin Khin Ei, Kyaw Thu and Nay Rein Kyaw…

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· Zhejiang Authorities Posted In Wenzhou Churches to Monitor Christians
ICC Note: The Chinese government continues to tighten controls and increase their persecution of Christians in Zhejiang province by increasing surveillance of all sorts of religious activities. By Rachel Ritchie 09/02/2015 China (China Aid) Authorities in China’s coastal Zhejiang province once again stepped up persecution against churches on Sunday, including new registration requirements and various…

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