International Christian Concern (ICC)

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· Suspected Boko Haram Militants Kill Dozens in Raid on Nigerian Village
ICC Note: According to recent reports, militants who are suspected to be associated with radical Islamist terror group Boko Haram carried out an attack on a village in Borno state, Nigeria on March 3, 2015. The attackers raided Njaba early in the morning, specifically targeting the men, before setting the village ablaze. Boko Haram has…

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· Chad President Tells Boko Haram Leader to Surrender or Face Death
ICC Note: On March 4, 2015, Chad’s President Idriss Deby stated that he knew the location of Abubakar Shekau, the leader of Nigeria-based radical Islamic group Boko Haram. The military of Chad has been involved in a recent campaign to fight back against Boko Haram and reclaim land that the terror group occupied. Deby stated…

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· Hindu Nationalist Claim There is Nothing Wrong with ‘Ghar Wapsi’ Programs
ICC Note: Hindu nationalist from the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) have claimed that there is nothing wrong with their 'ghar wapsi' programs despite report that many Christians and Muslims have either been forced or bribed into converting to Hinduism. Instead, VHP has doubled down and called for India to make it illegal for individuals to…

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· Pakistan’s Blasphemy Laws Are Spinning The Country Out Of Control
ICC Note: Pakistan's blasphemy laws continue to be abused causing many parts of the country to spin out of control. Religious minorities in Pakistan are disproportionately accused and sentenced under the laws, which can and often do lead to death sentences being handed down. Blasphemy cases against minorities are often decided by threats from outside…

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· ISIS Releases 4 More Assyrians, Including 6 Year-old Mariana
ICC Note: New reports have emerged that ISIS has released additional hostages. The total number of those still held is unknown. ISIS captured over 200 Christians from a series of villages in NE Syria last week. Reports say that they have started to implement a jizya or tax on the Christian minority and that this…

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· ICC Demands Justice on Fourth Anniversary of Christian Minister’s Assassination in Pakistan
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Murder Trial Continues at Snail’s Pace Due to Extremists’ Threats 3/4/2015 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) – International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that the killers of Shahbaz Bhatti, Pakistan’s sole Christian cabinet minister, have yet to be brought to justice four years after Bhatti was assassinated. Bhatti’s murder occurred only months…

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· 67 Members of Congress Send Message to Saudi King: Improve Religious Freedom
ICC Endorsed Congressional Letter Highlights “Intimidation, Harassment, and Threats” Faced by Religious Minorities, Women, and Political Reformers in Saudi Arabia 02/27/2015 Washington, D.C. (International Christian Concern) – In a new letter endorsed by International Christian Concern and Amnesty International, 67 Members of Congress today called upon King Salman of Saudi Arabia to make significant reforms…

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· Congress Sends Message to New Saudi King: Religious Freedom Must Improve
Today, 67 members of Congress sent a letter to the new King of Saudi Arabia, King Salman, asking that he improve human rights and religious freedom for his citizens. Saudi Arabia legally blocks all faiths except Sunni Islam from worship. ICC was a leader on the letter, working with Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, and…

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· Christian-Owned Indiana Bakery That Refused to Make Cake for Same-Sex Wedding Closes Shop
ICC Note: Indiana bakery, 111 Cakery, recently closed its doors after facing protests for refusing to make a cake for a same-sex wedding due to the owners' Christian faith. Last March, shop owners Randy and Trish McGath were approached with the request, but politely declined, telling the customer that it was against the shop’s policy,…

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