Response 2014

Response Magazine: July - October 2014

Read the latest edition of our Response Magazine, featuring articles on Sudan, Indonesia, as well as an in depth look at our work at the UN and much more. 

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UN Establishes Commission of Inquiry on Eritrea

Human Rights Concern Eritrea and Christian Solidarity Worldwide warmly welcome the establishment today of a UN Commission of Inquiry on the human rights situation in Eritrea. The creation of a COI has been mandated by a consensus resolution of the UN's Human Rights Council in Geneva.

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China: Two Nanle church detainees released after pastor is sentences to 12 years
Two more detainees from Nanle Country Christian Church, Henan Province, who had been detained on 15 November 2013, were released on 5 July. Their release followed the sentencing of the church's pastor, Zhang Shaojie, to 12 years in prison on the charges of fraud and "gathering a crowd to disrupt public order". 09/07/2014

Central African Republic: Seleka attack church compound sheltering displaced civilians 09/07/2014

Iran: Christian converts arrested by Iranian security forces 08/07/2014

China: Pastor Zhang Shaojie sentences to 12 years in prison 04/07/2014

Cuban government demolishes house church 04/07/2014


Sudan: Rising restrictions on freedom of religion or belief In the lead up to South Sudan’s independence, President Omar al Bashir began calling repeatedly for a 100% Islamic Sudan. On 19 December 2010, he warned, “If South Sudan secedes, we will change the constitution and at that time there will be no time to speak of diversity of culture and ethnicity."

India: Communalism in an election year As India approaches a general election, there is a significant level of trepidation among many, including religious minorities, about what the future might bring in terms of rising communalism and threats to freedom of religion or belief (FORB).

Indonesia Report
Rising religious intolerance poses a threat not only to the country’s religious minorities but to all Indonesians who value democracy, human rights, peace and stability.


Pressures on behalf of the authorities over a Christian woman to abjure faith
Agenzia fides

Pakistan's highest court orders minority religions protected
The Irish Catholic

Deceased woman's friend pressured to recant to faith
Christian Today AU

Meriam Ibrahim says her baby may be disabled

Cuban Pastor Detained, Religious Freedom Violations Rise
Capitol Hill Cubans

Pastor Irani returned to prison after being assaulted by members of Iranian intelligence


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