An Islamic State group affiliate in Egypt released a video Monday showing the suicide bomber who killed nearly 30 people when he attacked a packed church in December and vowing more attacks on the country’s Christians.
A narrator says in the 20-minute video that the Egyptian Christians are the extremist group’s “favorite prey.” Continue reading “ISIS calls for genocide against Christians”
The EU’s Foreign Policy Chief, Federica Mogherini, has defended the rights of religious actors to have their voices heard in political debates. Replying to a Written Question from a Member of the European Parliament, Ms Mogherini referred to Europe’s “dark years, when one could be deprived of one’s political rights because of faith.” Continue reading “EU foreign policy chief calls for respect for religious voices in political debate”
The bi-annual Religious Freedom Report for 2016 of Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) reveals that religious persecution continues to rise across the world. The report, covering the period 2014-2016 demonstrates that Christianity is the most persecuted faith around the world: more than 330 million Christians live in countries where they are persecuted and a further 60 million Christians suffer various forms of discrimination. Continue reading “Report shows increased religious persecution in 2016”
After two years of brutal and criminal rule by Islamic State terrorists, the people of northern Iraq are finally hopeful of an end to their suffering. This week the European Parliament brought together religious leaders from the region, as well as religious organisations involved in peace and reconciliation work, to start preparing for a return to normal life. Continue reading “European Parliament assists reconciliation efforts in Iraq”
At its most recent plenary session in Strasbourg, the European Parliament adopted a resolution on the current efforts to expel Islamic State terrorists from Mosul and northern Iraq. The text acknowledges the persecution which Christians and other religious minorities have suffered since the Islamist group took over the region two years ago, and calls on the international community to ensure their safe return and protection when ISIS is finally defeated. Continue reading “EU Parliament calls for protection of Iraqi Christians, once ISIS is defeated”
The European Parliament will award its 2016 Sakharov Prize to two Yazidi women who were among thousands of sex slaves kidnapped, imprisoned and tortured by Islamic State (ISIS) in Iraq and Syria. Continue reading “EU 2016 Human Rights prize honours victims of Islamic State sex slavery”
A report just released by the international religious freedom organisation Open Doors reveals a shocking level of attacks on Christian refugees while being housed in German refugee centres. Over the period covered by the research, up to September 2016, a total of 743 cases are documented of Christian refugees who have reported religiously motivated attacks. Continue reading “Human rights report reveals widespread violent attacks on Christian refugees in Germany”