Category - religious persecution

  • April 10, 2014

    The Catholic Ordinaries in the Holy Land and the Justice and Peace Committee issued a statement about the persecution of Christians in the Middle East. It is a highly significant document in the light of recent media attention to these issues, and repeated statements from Baroness Warsi and others. There are serious issues at stake here, but it is important that they are understood properly and in context so that the appropriate solidarity for all oppressed groups can be expressed.

  • February 8, 2013

    Religious persecution in countries across the world has been condemned by Scotland’s Minister for External Affairs and International Development, Humza Yousaf.

  • September 13, 2011

    Whether in Iraq, Israel and Palestine, Egypt, Syria or Lebanon, Christians who were once the bellwethers of healthy Middle Eastern societies are feeling exposed, menaced and insecure. Their churches are being burnt down, relatives or friends are at times being killed, beaten up or abducted, voices are being snuffed out, job opportunities are being denied them and they are almost facing a dhimmitude that had become defunct with the collapse of the Ottoman Empire. Harry Hagopian asks what response is appropriate, starting from a personal exploration of the issues from a European perspective.

  • November 2, 2010

    The head of a Muslim initiative working with Christians says the two religions have a duty to protect adherents of the other faith against followers of their own.

  • August 29, 2010

    A 'people's tribunal' hearing testimonies from victims of anti-Christian violence in India's eastern Orissa state in 2008 has criticised state agencies.

  • October 27, 2009

    The leader of the Methodist Church in Britain has welcomed moves by Church leaders in Pakistan which call on the Pakistani government to end religious violence in the country.

  • September 18, 2009

    Church representatives from Europe, Latin America, Africa and Asia will visit churches and civil society groups in India to back justice and peace work and oppose caste discrimination and violence against Christians.

  • September 16, 2009

    A Colombian pastor was assassinated at his home on Sunday 13 September, as concern increases about human rights violations against church and human rights workers.

  • August 21, 2009

    Attacks on the Christian minority in the remote Kandhamal area of India's Orissa state raises questions about the country's claim to be a secular state, says a new book.

  • August 3, 2009

    The World Council of Churches has appealed to Pakistan's President Asif Ali Zardari to "ensure the safety and security" of Christians in the Punjab province after recent serious attacks.