North Korean refugees overwhelmingly believe North Korea should indeed be number one on Open Doors’ annual World Watch List. They state that the complete lack of human rights, including freedom of religion, makes the situation in their country incomparable to any other. According to Timothy (alias), a 24-year-old North Korean who was branded a traitor [...]
Mali. Muslim extremists rise up in the north. Many Christians were killed; others were injured severely.
On Wednesday, Mali’s military attacked the rebel Islamic group called Ansar Dine with heavy weapons along the north-south dividing line, according to Mali officials. Rebels boasted of capturing soldiers in the attack. Earlier on Tuesday, Islamist fighters reportedly pushed toward Mopti–the last government-controlled city in the north–and the army held them off with “warning shots.” [...]
Sudanese authorities rang in the new year by bulldozing a church building outside Khartoum because it belonged to Christians of South Sudanese origin and lacked a permit, a source said. South Sudanese have been ordered to leave the country following the new republic’s secession from Sudan in July 2011, but thousands are reportedly stranded in [...]
Kenya. Jihadists capitalizing on poverty and recruiting young men from Christian groups to attack churches.
Hundreds of Kenyan youths who converted from Christianity to Islam—and then went to fight alongside jihadists in neighboring Somalia—are returning to their home churches. But these prodigal sons are not being welcomed back with fully open arms. Instead, pastors are on high alert—with good reason. Al Shabab, an al-Qaeda affiliated militia, has begun using young [...]
An American pastor currently held in Iranian prison is facing a grim future after it was announced that his case was recently transferred to a judge accused of human rights violations and infamous for the number of people he has sentenced to death. “This new development is highly troubling — it appears Iran is determined [...]
While it may take a little longer to have an estimate of how many Christians were arrested and detained in China this year, the number is likely to be very high, as the communist government continued to crack down on house churches. Last year, the incidence of arrests and detentions of Christians in China increased [...]
Government critics say they remain skeptical that the government will improve rights standards within the justice system, following an official announcement yesterday that labor camps would be overhauled. State media quoted Meng Jianzhu, secretary of the Central Politics and Law Commission, saying that China would end the practice of sending people to labor camps, a [...]
Al Jazeera call Muslim world to damage the U.S. economy and to kill the Jews ‘down to the very last one’.
Al Jazeera every week airs its superstar, Muslim Brotherhood leader Yousuf al-Qaradawi, who is barred from entering the US and other Western countries. He has repeatedly called for the Muslim world to damage the U.S. economy by boycotting American products, as well as often rendering opinions such as, “Oh Allah, kill them [Jews] down to [...]
Egypt. Muslim preacher on TV: “Let Christian women remain unveiled…If they want to get raped on the streets…”
Many Egyptian viewers were horrified when Muslim preacher Hisham el-Ashry recently popped up on primetime television to say women must cover up for their own protection and advocated the introduction of religious police. That an obscure preacher could get publicity for such views was seen as another example of the confused political scene in Egypt [...]
USA/Egypt. Islamist activists who work with Obama administration are Muslim Brotherhood operatives. (Video)
An Egyptian magazine has claimed that six American Islamist activists who work with the Obama administration are Muslim Brotherhood operatives who enjoy strong influence over U.S. policy. The December 22 story was published in Egypt’s Rose El-Youssef magazine and was translated into English for the Investigative Project on Terrorism (IPT). The story suggests the six [...]