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The UK government has ordered a review “to map Christian persecution worldwide, and make recommendations on the practical steps it can take to support those under threat”.
A CSW reports shows that Colombian Christians are suffering “restrictions on religious activity, threats, extortion, assassination and forced displacement”.
Around 4,000 left Honduras to find a better life in Mexico and the US. World Vision calls for “a joint action between churches, civil society, companies and authorities to provide humanitarian aid”.
It is the first time in Morocco that a house is marked with the symbol of Iraq's persecuted Christians. “We are not discouraged and we pray for God's protection”, the Moroccan Christian Youtuber said.
Evangelicals in Nicaragua keep denouncing the lack of security. The Nicaraguan Evangelical Alliance has asked the international organizations to act “with greater belligerence to stop the repression and death of the people”.
The inventor of the World Wide Web, Tim Berners-Lee, is pessimistic about the future of the Internet. The lack of freedom and the concentration of power in “a handful of platforms” are not good signs.
Ultra-Orthodox Jews attacked a meeting centre in Dimona.
More than 32,000 cases of human trafficking have been analysed by Polaris, a leader in the global fight to eradicate modern slavery.
The 16-year-old girls had been offered jobs as kitchen assistants. An increasing number of exploited women in Spain are nationals.
The UN Security Council holds an emergency meeting. “Dialogue and understanding is the right and moral way forward”, says World Evangelical Alliance.
“Criminals may start with social networking platforms and then move to phone and video chat”, says Christian expert Ioana Humelnicu. “Being judged is the biggest fear of victims.”
German magazine Stern reports about 80 refugees from Iran and Afghanistan being baptised in Hamburg. New believers are seen with suspicion by those who think they changed their faith for political reasons. They also face threats of other refugees.
Pastor Ihsan Özbek: “Fighting against prejudices is a tiring task”. Christians try to be peacemakers and assist refugees near the border with Syria and Irak.
Christian leaders received jihadist messages via email, Facebook and mobile phones. Association of Protestant Christians: “threats are not anything new” but became “systematic” in August.