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Christian persecution higher than ever as Open Doors’ World Watch List marks 30 years

By Emily McFarlan Miller — January 17, 2023
(RNS) — North Korea has returned to the top of the World Watch List with its highest-ever persecution score after an increase of arrests of Christians under its ‘anti-reactionary thought’ law.

The US House passed another resolution on Iran. Here’s why it’s the right thing to do.

By James Samimi Farr — December 2, 2022
(RNS) — We often overlook the social cost of persecution and the power of international pressure.

This Thanksgiving, give thanks for refugees

By Darcy Hirsh — November 23, 2022
(RNS) — Let us be grateful — with words and actions — for the refugees who have helped make this country what it is.

Remembering Brother Andrew, a fearless smuggler of Bibles

By David Curry — September 29, 2022
(RNS) — He could not stand silent, knowing people were persecuted for their faith.

There are still Christians in Afghanistan

By Todd Nettleton — August 30, 2022
(VOICE OF THE MARTYRS) — Many Christians understandably fled the country. Staying was not an easy decision to make, and it is not an easy life.

My sister is in an Iranian prison for the 4th time

By Iraj Kamalabadi — August 25, 2022
(RNS) — In all instances, she has been innocent of any crime. She is, however, a Baha’i.

Turkey’s Erdogan rails at Greece over Muslim minority rights

By Associated Press — July 25, 2022
ISTANBUL (AP) — Erdogan accused Athens of undermining the rights of the Muslim minority in Greece’s Thrace region.

Global summit on religious persecution presents opportunity to fight abuse

By Knox Thames — June 14, 2022
(RNS) — The power of these summits is in bringing together all stakeholders around advancing religious freedom.

Russia is censured for religious freedom violations against Jehovah’s Witnesses

By Kathryn Post — February 23, 2022
(RNS) — Europe's highest human rights court found the country has violated Jehovah’s Witnesses' rights to liberty and freedom of religion.

Eritrean Orthodox patriarch dies after 16 years in detention

By Fredrick Nzwili — February 11, 2022
NAIROBI, Kenya (RNS) — Abune Antonios had been in solitary confinement for his resistance to government interference in the church.

Why we’re not watching the Winter Olympics

By David Curry and Sam Brownback — February 9, 2022
(Open Doors) — For those who know where to look, there are telltale signs of a propaganda parade everywhere.

My wife’s grandfather was executed for his Baha’i faith. Iran hasn’t changed enough.

By James Samimi Farr — January 21, 2022
(RNS) — As I watch the grim carousel that is the nuclear talks go round and round again, I think about all that may hinge on them, including, perhaps, the future of Iran’s religious and ethnic minorities.

Russia jails more Jehovah’s Witnesses, prompting calls for ‘strong measures’

By Adelle M. Banks — January 20, 2022
(RNS) — More than 80 Jehovah’s Witnesses are imprisoned in Russia, including some awaiting trial and some detained after being convicted.

Afghanistan tops Open Doors watch list of worst countries for Christians

By Adelle M. Banks — January 19, 2022
(RNS) — Across the globe, Open Doors found that there has been a 24% increase in Christians killed because of their faith.

Nigerian churches, ‘listed for attack,’ need more than security measures

By David Curry — December 14, 2021
(Open Doors) — In Nigeria alone, an average of 10 to 17 Christians are killed for their faith every day.
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