The Observatory on Intolerance and Discrimination against Christians in Europe recently reported 191 hate crimes against Christians in 16 European countries to the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) for inclusion in its 2016 hate crimes report. Continue reading “Hatred and violence against Christians: not infrequent, and sometimes with political back-up”
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”
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”
The European Parliament has today adopted a Resolution on systematic mass murder by ISIS, condemning the ongoing atrocities in the Middle East and explicitly acknowledging that “the so-called ‘ISIS/Da’esh’ commits genocide against Christians and Yazidis, and other religious and ethnic minorities.” By unequivocally recognizing the systematic persecution as genocide, the European Parliament urges the international community to act to stop the killing. Continue reading “ISIS persecution of Christians and Yazidis is a GENOCIDE, European Parliament says”