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Monday September 22, 2014

Attorneys for Meriam Ibrahim Banned from Leaving Sudan

Government using lawyer's complaint to retaliate against Christian mother's defense team, lawyers say.

 

By Our Sudan Correspondent

JUBA, South Sudan, September 19, 2014 (Morning Star News) – Sudan this week banned five attorneys from leaving the country after another lawyer accused them of tainting the country’s image by defending Meriam Ibrahim, the Christian mother of two falsely accused of apostasy, two of the attorneys said.

 

The move came in response to attorney Iman Hassan submitting a letter of complaint to a Sudan court accusing the defense lawyers of wresting the case from her, Ibrahim’s lawyers said. Hassan is also requesting that the court revoke the licenses of the five lawyers, who are not Christian but support the rights of Christians and other minorities in the country. [READ MORE]

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Thursday September 18, 2014

Nightmare Continues for Family of Freed Prisoner of Conscience in China

Wife of Gao Zhisheng calls on U.S. to urge China to let him travel for medical treatment.

By the Editor

September 17, 2014 (Morning Star News) – When Chinese authorities released Christian human rights attorney Gao Zhisheng from prison on Aug.7, we didn’t hear anything from him, presumably because of the communist state’s one-year prohibition against him saying anything publicly that might “damage the reputation or interests of the state.”

 

His family had telephone conversations with him, but they didn’t hear much from him either. After some phone talks in which he said very little, the Los Angeles Times reported, his wife wasn’t sure whether he was still in too much pain to talk or had forgotten how. [READ MORE]

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Tuesday September 16, 2014

Pastors in Iran Could Face Death Penalty

Christians flee unprecedented crackdown.

By Our Middle East Correspondent

ISTANBUL, Turkey, September 16, 2014 (Morning Star News) – Three pastors in Iran are facing charges that could lead to the death penalty for activities in the house-church movement in an unprecedented crackdown on converts from Islam, according to human rights groups.

 

Iranian authorities recently filed charges against Silas Rabbani, assistant pastor in a Church of Iran group in Karaj, for “Mofsed-fel-arz” or “spreading corruption on Earth,” according to Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW). Authorities previously charged Behnam Irani, lead pastor of the church, with the same offense. The exact date when each pastor was charged is not publicly known, but information about each pastor leaked out of Iran the first week of this month and was reported by CSW, a freedom of religion advocacy group based in London.

 

Prior to charges being filed against Irani and Rabbani, the Sixth Branch of the Revolutionary Tribunal on Aug. 3 charged Abdolreza Ali-Haghnejad, another a leader in the Church of Iran movement in Karaj, with “Moharebeh,” or “warring against God.” A court has now changed the charge to “spreading corruption on Earth.” [READ MORE]

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Tuesday September 16, 2014

Hindu Extremists Resolve to Kill Christians They Beat in Bihar, India

Assailants prohibit residents from leaving village to contact police.

By Our New Delhi Correspondent

NEW DELHI, September 13, 2014 (Morning Star News) – Among a wave of attacks against non-Hindus since the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) took power in India on May 26, a Christian couple in Bihar state required hospital treatment after Hindu extremists beat and publicly resolved to kill them.

 

A small band of men forcefully entered the home of Shri Lal Khatiyan in Balwanazir, Kaliyanganj, the morning of Aug. 30, asking who had visited and calling him and his wife pagans as they beat him, according to the Evangelical Fellowship of India (EFI). When Khatiyan’s wife, Asha Devi, tried to intervene, they called her a slut and hit her on the head with the handle of a sickle, EFI reported. [READ MORE]

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