International Institute for Religious Freedom
Bonn – Brussels/Geneva – Cape Town – Colombo – Brasília
Am 15. April 2011 nahmen Truppen der Laotischen Volksarmee eine Gruppe von Christen aus dem Stamm der Hmong gefangen, konfiszierten deren Bibeln und erschossen vier Frauen, nachdem sie zwei von ihnen wiederholt vergewaltigt und ihre Männer und Kinder gezwungen hatten, das schändliche und grausame Verbrechen mit anzusehen.
Troops of the Lao People’s Army (LPA) caught a group of Hmong Christians, confiscated their Bible and shot to death four women – after repeatedly raping two of them – forcing their husbands and children to witness the disgraceful and gruesome act on April 15.
A group of Muslims attacked Ayman Anwar Mitri, a 45 year old Christian Coptic man in the Upper Egyptian town of Qena, cutting off his ear.
Many lost hope after a recent crackdown by the authoritarian regime on those protesting the fraudulent election. On December 19, thousands of people flooded the streets of the national capital to register their protests against the election that gave a landslide victory to Lukashenko. Many were arrested and beaten, including young women and most of the nine opposition presidential candidates.
It remains uncertain what the New Year will bring to Africa’s largest country, Sudan, which has witnessed deaths and displacement of hundreds of thousands of people in civil wars in the last few decades.
Bhutan, a tiny Buddhist kingdom in the Himalayas in South Asia, will soon have a law providing for imprisonment of three years for “proselytization.”
Eritrea, one of Africa’s newest and smallest countries, has jailed, tortured and killed numerous evangelical protestant Christians over the last eight years.
A group of 57 states with large Islamic populations, known as the Organization of the Islamic Conference, has introduced resolutions condemning defamation of religions at the UN every year.
Democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s release from a two-decade long house-arrest is cause for celebration for both the people of mainland Burma who have long been subjected to authoritarian rule and the ethnic minorities seeking independence or autonomy for over 60 years.
One of the world’s most secretive, isolated and authoritarian regimes, North Korea, is expected to have a change in the leadership. Does this mean anything for the persecuted Christians in the communist nation?