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Church welcomes US designation of Boko Haram as Foreign Terrorist Organisation

Church welcomes US designation of Boko Haram as Foreign Terrorist Organisation
One of the major organisations representing Christians in Nigeria has welcomed the US State Department’s announcement on Nov 13 that it has designated Boko Haram a Foreign Terrorist group (FTO). The Department also classified its splinter group Ansaru as an FTO. Boko Haram is believed to have links to Al-Qaeda . . . Read More

Number of Christian martyrs continues to cause debate

Number of Christian martyrs continues to cause debate
Ninety-six Christians died in the twin attacks on All Saints Church in Peshawar.World Watch Monitor   The debate over the precise number of Christians martyred each year continues. In May, a Vatican spokesman told the United Nations Human Rights Council that as many as 100,000 Christians are martyred each year. . . . Read More

Iran’s nuclear programme ‘distracting’ world from rights abuses

Iran’s nuclear programme ‘distracting’ world from rights abuses
Former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on a tour of an Iranian nuclear facility.Pere Ubu / Flickr / Creative Commons   An Iranian Nobel Prize-winner has warned EU and US officials that Iran’s nuclear programme is distracting them from addressing the country’s human rights abuses. Shirin Ebadi, now living in the UK, . . . Read More

Iranian Christian jailed for 10 years freed

Iranian Christian jailed for 10 years freed
An Iranian Christian sentenced to 10 years in prison has been released after three months. Mostafa Bordbar, 27, was released Nov. 3 from Tehran’s Evin Prison after charges of participating in an “anti-security organisation” and “gathering with intent to commit crimes against Iranian national security” were overturned. Bordbar was arrested . . . Read More

Vietnamese Catholics jailed despite protests

Vietnamese Catholics jailed despite protests
Two Vietnamese Catholics whose arrest led to protests last month have been handed jail terms. Nguyen Van Hai, 43, and Ngo Van Khoi, 53, were ordered on Oct. 23 to serve six and seven months, respectively, for “disturbing public order”. The charges relate to an incident on May 22, when . . . Read More

Iranians jailed for ‘house church’ attendance

Iranians jailed for ‘house church’ attendance
Four Iranian Christians jailed for attending a ‘house church’ have lost their judicial appeals. Mojtaba Seyyed Alaedin Hossein, Mohammad-Reza Partoei, Vahid Hakkani and Homayoun Shokouhi were each sentenced in June to three years and eight months in prison. Shokouhi’s wife Fariba and son Nima both received suspended sentences of two . . . Read More