International Institute for Religious Freedom

Bonn – Cape Town – Colombo

Christians (as victims)

Nigeria: 45 killed in yet another attack on Christian communities in Kaduna

World Watch Monitor (19.11.2016) - - A spate of attacks on Christian communities in Nigeria last weekend left 45 dead and several more injured.
The attacks took place ...

Iraq-EU: Christian refugees facing attacks in European refugee camps

Bosnewslife (28.11.2016) - - Christians fleeing war and persecution face violence and death threats because of their faith in several refugee camps across Europe, Bos...

Egypt: Lawyer says judge's verdict 'could be very bad'

Coptic boys on bail, anti-Islam charges pending

Egypt: Community 'Justice' Expels Copts from their homes

Forgive Emad Youssef if he and his extended family felt quite confused. The crowd welcoming them back to the village had only a few days earlier demanded they leave. ...

Pakistan: Blasphemy law reform drafted in Pakistan as three more Christians are accused

The Pakistani government has finished drafting a bill to combat abuse of blasphemy laws to which three Christians in the past month alone have fallen prey, sources said.

Syria: Fate of Assyrian Christians abducted by Islamic State hangs in the balance

The Forum for Religious Freedom-Europe (FOREF) today published the names of 207 Assyrian Christians still in captivity after their abduction by Islamic State terrorists in February, and expressed deep...

Irak: Forced out by ISIS, Iraq's Christians start over

Two refugees look for hope in Jordan and Kurdistan

China: Authorities demolish huge multi-million church

A huge multi-million dollar cathedral-style church is being demolished in China, the latest church to go under the wrecking ball in a long-running campaign which reflects the growing concern in Beijin...

Sudan: South Sudanese church leaders jailed in Sudan could face death penalty

Sudanese authorities have charged two South Sudanese pastors under laws that call for the death penalty, their attorney said.

Ukraine: Ukrainians in Crimea suffer discrimination

Ukrainian Orthodox Church/ Kiev Patriarchate Archbishop in Crimea urges world leaders and community to protect rights and freedom of Ukrainians of the Peninsula

Russia/Ukraine: Law on religion prepared for Crimea

Annexed Crimea plans to adopt law against "totalitarian sects" and "destructive cults"

Iran: Iran pastor Fathi's appeal fails, against extra year in prison and 74 lashes

Iranian pastor serving a six-year prison term has failed in his appeal against a further sentence of 74 lashes and an additional year in jail - for the alleged possession in his cell of two litres of ...

Sudan: Two South Sudan pastors face death penalty in Khartoum

Two South Sudanese pastors being held in Omdurman prison in Khartoum could face the death sentence when their trial continues on 19 May.

Libya: 'a country where Christians shouldn't come'

Migrants and refugees in Libya are increasingly facing widespread abuse and persecution on religious grounds, a report by Amnesty International has revealed.

Ukraine: Evidence of religious persecution in the occupied Donbas

A new report, "When God Becomes The Weapon", provides a detailed, unsettling first-hand account of religiously motivated persecution in rebel-controlled areas in eastern Ukraine.