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Indonesian Police Fire Tear Gas on Mob Intent on Stopping Church Buildling

ICC Note: Indonesian police moved to disperse a crowd of radical Muslims intent on stopping a church from being built. Several hundred protesters gathered demanding the construction permit be rejected. They tried to force their way into the building when police responded by firing tear gas. Some protesters threw rocks and bottles at the church. […]

Radical Cleric in Pakistan Wants to Accuse More People of Blasphemy

ICC Note: After Pakistani officials arrested three bloggers of blasphemy on Friday, security forces had to stop a radical cleric from organizing a protest to accuse five other bloggers of blasphemy. The cleric and his followers were going to demand the death penalty. Unfortunately, the cleric has promised to continue fighting to accuse bloggers perceived […]

Former Terrorist Turned Christian Hosts Prayer Group in Turkey

ICC Note: In the midst of continued violence and war, God continues to demonstrate His power. The New York Times tells the story of a terrorist turned Christian and how he has started a prayer group for other believers. His wife and family members have seen a drastic difference in his attitude and actions. No […]

Abducted Pastor: No Word

Security cameras only captured the scuffling feet of at least five men as they pulled Pastor Raymond Koh from his Honda Accord and pushed him into a nearby SUV. The Feb. 13 abduction took less than a minute in broad daylight near Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia’s capital city. The abductors used three SUVs to force Raymond […]

Armed Militants Over-Run Central African Republic Schools

ICC Note: In 2013, Central African Republic first descended into conflict when the mostly Muslim Seleka rebels overthrew the Christian president. Today, according to News24, armed Muslim Seleka militants are taking over schools to construct different “bases of operation.” Around 20% of schools are not functioning. As armed groups loot the schools, both students’ and […]

1.8 Million People are Facing Starvation in Nigeria

ICC Note: According to a leading Christian persecution “watchdog,” displacement camps – operated by local Muslim organizations – are denying access to food and vital assistance for displaced Christians. In the past eight years, as the terrorist group Boko Haram continues its reign of terror in Sub-Saharan African nations, over two million residents have fled […]

NEWS | Twitter Refused Pakistan’s Request to Remove Accounts

  According to Twitter’s Transparency Report, Pakistan made numerous requests for Twitter to remove accounts but Twitter refused. Twitter specified that most of the requests came from organizations, lawyers, and government officials trying to block blasphemous content. While Twitter has denied Pakistan’s request, the refusal has not stopped Pakistan from arresting people suspected of publishing […]

10 Soldiers and 15 Militants Killed in a Clash in Sinai

ICC Note: As the Egyptian military continues to clash with Islamic militants in Sinai, the death toll is said to be rising. ISIS has become much more active in the Sinai Peninsula since their promise to eradicate Christians from the area. While the Egyptian government has been reluctant to intervene, anti-terrorism operations have been active […]

Two Christians Detained While Praying for Chinese Congressional Meeting

ICC Note: China detained two Christians who had traveled to Beijing to pray for the National People’s Conference. Although there are many Christians in China, openly practicing one’s faith with regards to any religion is not allowed, however, it is tolerated on varying degrees depending on the location. Still, many people in China have endured […]

Up to 500,000 Practice Their Faith Underground in North Korea

ICC Note: Organizations are estimating that there are up to 500,000 people carrying out underground religious activity in North Korea. This number is miniscule in light of the fact that at one point, 25% of the population of North Korea considered themselves Christians. It shows the extreme persecution the church has been under for decades. […]

Egyptian Officials Fear Reprisal after Mubarak’s Early Release

ICC Note: It has been six years since former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak was over thrown and imprisoned for the deaths of protesters in the 2011 revolution. Mubarak was convicted for the murder of a reported 800 demonstrators, many of which included Christians, and he was sentenced to life in prison.  Reports are now suggesting that […]

Twitter Refused Pakistan’s Request to Remove Accounts

ICC Note: According to Twitter’s Transparency Report, Pakistan made numerous requests for Twitter to remove accounts but Twitter refused. Twitter specified that most of the requests came from organizations, lawyers, and government officials trying to block blasphemous content. While Twitter has denied Pakistan’s request, the refusal has not stopped Pakistan from arresting people suspected of […]

Pakistan Arrests 3 People Suspected of Posting Blasphemous Content Online

ICC Note: Pakistan rapidly advanced from rhetoric to action in regards to punishing people suspected of posting ‘blasphemous’ content on social media platforms. On Friday, the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) arrested three people suspected of posting blasphemous content on social media. In addition to facing a trial in an anti-terrorism court and a seven-day imprisonment, […]

ICC Helps Youhanabad Bombing Survivors Honor their Loved Ones

By Deborah Timmer 03/23/2017 Washington, D.C. (International Christian Concern) – On March 15, 2013, the Pakistani Taliban sent two suicide bombers to attack Christ Church and St. John’s Catholic Church located in Youhanabad, a Christian neighborhood in Pakistan. The bombings killed 22 people and injured many others from the congregation.  ICC has stood alongside the […]

BREAKING NEWS | Committee Calls for the Release of South Korean Pastors Detained in China

ICC has learned that a South Korean committee formed to address the detainment of two South Korean pastors in China issued a statement yesterday. The statement by The Pastors Seong-do Ohn & Byeong-gi Lee Release Committee calls on the South Korean government to do more to advocate for the release of the pastors. A source […]

Syrian Farmers Switch Careers to Refugee Smugglers

ICC Note: As Syria enters its seventh year of civil war, civilians continue to flee. Men who were formerly farmers have switched career paths to become refugee smugglers as they are familiar with the fields, roads, and landscape. These refugees, including Christians, are willing to attempt the dangerous process to seek the possibility of safety. […]

Church Leader’s House Destroyed in Laos

ICC Note: Persecution against Christianity is mounting in the country of Laos. The latest attack against a church leader resulted in the burning of his house. Everything was destroyed. Luckily, he and his family were gone when the attack occurred at 1 AM. Everything was lost including his motorbike. This is only the latest in […]

ISIS Utilizing an Armor-Plated Explosive Industrial Bulldozer

ICC Note: As the battle for Mosul, Iraq continues, ISIS seems to be taking drastic action in order to secure their dominance over the area. Iraqi forces have been pushing the militants back for the last couple months and ISIS is reported to now be retaliating with an armor-plated explosive industrial bulldozer. While the removal […]

Forty-one Percent of North Korea is Undernourished

ICC Note: A UN report on North Korea says that 41% of the country is undernourished and that one out of 5 do not have access to clean water. The report says that 18 million are depending on the governments inadequate rations 10.5 million are undernourished. The country is also susceptible and unprepared for natural […]

Committee Calls for the Release of South Korean Pastors Detained in China

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 03/23/2017 Washington, D.C. (International Christian Concern) – International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that a South Korean committee formed to address the detainment of two South Korean pastors in China issued a statement yesterday. The statement by The Pastors Seong-do Ohn & Byeong-gi Lee Release Committee calls on the South Korean government to do […]

Radicals Beat Pastor in Indonesia, but What Police Did Was Worse

An Underground Pastor Endured Hours of Beatings from Radical Muslims and Police for Teaching the Bible By Daniel Harris 3/22/2017 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) – International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that an underground pastor who ICC met with recently was attacked by radical Muslims, beaten, detained by local police, and released only upon […]

Pakistan Threatens to Punish Social Media Companies

ICC Note: Not only has Pakistan declared blasphemous posts on social media illegal and demanded that social media platforms assist the Pakistani government in banning such posts, but now the government is threatening to punish social media companies who refuse to support Pakistan’s censorship campaign. Facebook has stated it will meet with Pakistan’s government officials […]

US Lawmakers Defend Compassion International

ICC Note: Last month, Compassion International had to shut down its operations in India after the government began making funding more difficult. Compassion International removed sponsorship from over 100,000 children. Now, US lawmakers are asking India to grant, at least, a temporary reprieve for Compassion International until a more permanent solution is found. US lawmakers […]

Myanmar’s Military Blocking Aid to Christian IDPs

ICC Note: Myanmar has blocked aid from reaching Christian refugees in Kachin state. The people fled their homes after the government began targeting villages and churches in Kachin state. Although local authorities had approved the aid, the military turned them away saying they also needed to seek permission from state governments as well. Myanmar’s strong […]

China Forcing Churches to Install CCTV Cameras and Fly National Flag

ICC Note: China is enforcing a new policy of requiring churches to install CCTV cameras inside and outside their buildings. A Catholic priest said that Zhejiang province had issued notices to all of their churches in their region by March 15th that they were required to allow the installation. This not only applies to church […]

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