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Almost 500 Nigerian community leaders meet to resolve conflict, but Kaduna attacks continue

Almost 500 Nigerian community leaders meet to resolve conflict, but Kaduna attacks continue
The largest meeting so far on the long-running conflict in Southern Kaduna, Nigeria has seen about 480 people, including Christian and Muslim community leaders, try to map out ways of ending the violent attacks in the so-called ‘Middle Belt’ state. Rev. Gideon Para-Mallam, who organized the one-day meeting in Kafanchan, . . . Read More

Iranian Christian released on bail after 3 weeks on hunger strike

Iranian Christian released on bail after 3 weeks on hunger strike
An Iranian Christian sentenced to 15 years in jail has been released on bail, three weeks after writing an open letter to the authorities, asking what he had done to “make you hate me this much” and declaring that he had decided to “terminate my life slowly” through a hunger . . . Read More

Crimea also affected in first year of Russia’s ‘anti-missionary law’

A cross seen over the construction site of a bridge across the Strait of Kerch linking Crimea to mainland Russia. (Photo by Vladimir Smirnov via Getty Images)
Since Russia’s President Vladimir Putin signed into law what some commentators referred to as an “anti-missionary bill” in July last year, individuals and groups have been targeted because of their religious affiliation in both Russia and the annexed Crimea. After the annexation in March 2014, religious organisations in Crimea had . . . Read More

Jailed Christian on hunger strike to protest against treatment of Iranian converts

Jailed Christian on hunger strike to protest against treatment of Iranian converts
Another imprisoned Iranian Christian has begun a hunger strike to protest against the recent rash of sentences against Christians in Iran. Ebrahim Firouzi, 30, who has five years left of his own sentence for “acting against national security”, followed fellow convert to Christianity Amin Afshar-Naderi in writing a statement criticising . . . Read More

Four Chibok girls to start university in US in August

Four Chibok girls to start university in US in August
It’s many thousands of miles from the Government Secondary School in Chibok, Borno, Nigeria, to university in the United States. But, following their kidnapping on 14 April 2014, it’s a journey that a handful of young girls from remote, rural north-eastern Nigeria have now made. (Their fellow escapees remain in Nigeria, . . . Read More

Eritrean Patriarch’s first appearance in decade dismissed as ‘figleaf’

Eritrean Patriarch’s first appearance in decade dismissed as ‘figleaf’
A brief public appearance from the Eritrean Orthodox Patriarch after ten years under house arrest has been dismissed as a “figleaf” to cover over the regime’s “appalling human rights record”. Patriarch Abune Antonios participated in a Mass at St Mary’s Cathedral in the capital, Asmara, on Sunday (16 July), during . . . Read More