News Archive

Indonesia Report Urges President Widodo to Tackle Intolerance

May 29, 2019

CSW, UK has called on Indonesian President Joko Widodo to make it the priority of his second term to defend freedom of religion or belief,  strengthen Indonesia’s tradition of religious pluralism, and counter religious extremism and intolerance. In a new report released today following a three-week visit to Indonesia in April, CSW, a member of…

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Religious Liberty Partnership Releases 2019 Statement on Nigeria

May 10, 2019

BREAKING NEWS:  The Religious Liberty Partnership has released a Statement on Nigeria calling on Christians worldwide for prayer and action.  Entitled the Abuja Statement on the Crises in Central Nigeria, the document states that though “there has been a long history of disputes between nomadic herders and farming communities across the Sahel,” the current attacks…

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7 Reasons Why Sinicization Is Not Rhetoric This Time

May 4, 2019

by Jackson Wu (from ChinaSource)   Some people have expressed their doubt about China’s recent initiative to “Sinicize” Christianity. They suspect the plan is simply propaganda, empty threats, or show. After all, haven’t we seen similar programs rolled out in the past? We’ve been there, done that. Or have we? I suggest there are at least…

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For Christian Women, Persecution Looks Like Rape

January 26, 2019

For years, Nigerian doctor Rebecca Dali has cared for her country’s poor and widows. But it was her most recent efforts—reintegrating former Boko Haram captives—that won her the United Nations’ 2017 Sérgio Vieira de Mello humanitarian award. Dali offers psychological support and practical skill training for Christian girls and women who are often suffering from intense…

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Pitfalls in Combatting Persecution

January 18, 2019

Pitfalls in combatting persecution, by Judd Birdsall   A great number of Western Christians have laudably invested their time, money, and energy to confront the massive global challenge of religious persecution. Sadly, their effectiveness has too often been limited or undermined by several common mistakes.  This paper explores seven of these pitfalls and points to Christian…

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Persecution and The Way of The Cross

December 19, 2018

In a Storm, May We Be the Ones Who Hold an Umbrella for Others: Persecution, the Way of the Cross, and Our Response in Love The church worldwide has suffered great persecution in recent days. On May 13, there were bomb attacks on three churches in Indonesia. According to reports, four of the attackers were…

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Andrew Brunson is Freed

October 12, 2018

Andrew Brunson, the American-born pastor who was charged with espionage against Turkey and held in custody for two years, has been released and is free to leave the country. https://www.worldwatchmonitor.org/2018/10/brunson-freed-permitted-to-leave-country/  

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Pray for Leah In Nigeria

October 1, 2018

Many RLP members and friends have joined in in a call to pray every day at 5:30pm for Leah Sharibu, one of the girls abducted by Boko Haram in Nigeria.  ECWA, the church denomination that Leah and her family belongs to, issued the call to pray for Leah and the other hostages (midwife Hauwa Mohammed Liman…

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Global Uptick in Government Restrictions on Religion

August 14, 2018

Restrictions on religion around the world continued to climb in 2016, according to Pew Research Center’s ninth annual study of global restrictions on religion. This marks the second year in a row of increases in the overall level of restrictions imposed either by governments or by private actors (groups and individuals) in the 198 countries…

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Myanmar’s Forgotten Christians

August 13, 2018

The ongoing civil conflict in Myanmar’s restive Rakhine State, the ethnic cleansing of its Rohingya Muslim population by government forces, and the resultant refugee crisis has made headlines around the globe. However, the news media and the community of nations are paying scant attention to another civil conflict in Myanmar that pits the regime against…

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