American Pastor Andrew Brunson’s Family Advocate for His Release During Top-Level Meetings on Capitol Hill

By ACLJ.org12 days ago In the days following the Trump Administration’s acknowledgment of their awareness of American Pastor Andrew Brunson’s plight, members of the ACLJ’s senior team held numerous meetings on Capitol Hill advocating for Pastor Andrew’s freedom. Pastor Andrew Brunson – a U.S. citizen from North Carolina – has been imprisoned in an overcrowded prison cell…

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Female Christian refugee murdered by Afghan compatriot in Bavaria

The 38-year-old woman was attacked by the 29-year-old man not far from a supermarket in the Bavarian town of Prien am Chiemsee on Saturday. The German tabloid Bild has alleged that the woman attended a Christian church service, citing the victim’s sister.

The attack took place in front of the woman’s two children, aged five and 11. Before the assault, the man reportedly shouted something in his mother tongue to the woman.

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Organ Trafficking ‘Booming’ in Lebanon as Desperate Syrians Sell Kidneys, Eyes – BBC

By Magdalena Mis April 27, 2017 LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Trade in illegal organs is a booming business in Lebanon as desperate Syrian refugees resort to selling body parts to support themselves and their families, according to an investigation by the BBC. A trafficker who brokers deals from a coffee shop in Beirut, identified as Abu…

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Russia now Ranked Among Worst Violators of Religious Freedom

Russia’s ongoing crackdown on religious minorities, foreign missionaries, and evangelists has earned it a spot among the worst countries in the world for religious freedom.

The US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), which flags religious freedom violators for the State Department, listed the former Soviet state among six new Tier 1 “countries of particular concern” (CPC) in its latest annual report, released Wednesday.

It is the first time in the commission’s almost 20-year history that Russia has made the list. A total of 16 countries currently hold the CPC designation, and another dozen are being reviewed as Tier 2. [ Source ]

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