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17

Jun

2019

Pastor’s wife released – but no respite for Early Rain Church in China

Early Rain Covenant Church is celebrating some good news: the release of Jiang Rong, wife of Pastor Wang Yi. But the relentless persecution of church members continues. Jiang Rong was freed on bail earlier last week, as was another church member, Li…

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07

Jun

2019

Interview with Kumar Swamy, National General Secretary of the All-India Christian Council

As part of his current UK Speaking Tour, the National General Secretary of the All-India Christian Council, Kumar Swamy, was interviewed by Release’s Andrew Boyd. If you were not able to attend one of Kumar’s speaking events you may like to listen…

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04

Jun

2019

China marks Tiananmen Square anniversary with church closures and censorship

As the world’s attention turns to Beijing to mark the 30th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre this week, Chinese officials continue their assault on religious freedom. In recent weeks, churches across China have been told to close and the Government has…

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29

May

2019

RELEASE CALLS ON INDIAN PM TO GUARANTEE RELIGIOUS FREEDOM FOLLOWING NATIONALIST ELECTION LANDSLIDE

International observers fear the landslide victory for nationalists in the Indian elections could spur a change in the constitution that would make persecution even worse for Christians. Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has been swept back into power with an increased…

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26

May

2019

ANOTHER CHANCE FOR YOUR GREAT OUTDOORS CHURCH SERVICE

Churches around the UK and Ireland have taken to the great outdoors to stand in the gap for persecuted Christians. But if your church missed the date, it’s not too late! Each year, Release International encourages Christians to head into the open…

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24

May

2019

INDIAN NATIONALIST LANDSLIDE COULD LEAD TO MORE ATTACKS AGAINST CHRISTIANS

Release calls on PM Narendra Modi to guarantee religious freedom The Indian elections have seen a landslide victory for the nationalist BJP, which has substantially increased its parliamentary majority in the world’s largest democracy. With the election results now in, the tightening…

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22

May

2019

ERITREA’S CHRISTIANS – THE PERSECUTION CONTINUES

Radio report A further 141 Christians have been rounded up in Eritrea… Their crime? Gathering to meet in private ahead of Independence Day. There is tight security on the streets ahead of May 24, when Eritrea celebrates independence from Ethiopia. Secret police…

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21

May

2019

ERITREA CHRISTIAN CLAMPDOWN AHEAD OF INDEPENDENCE DAY

Eritrea has been cracking down on Christians ahead of the country’s Independence Day on May 24. Eritrea has arrested more than 140 Christians who were meeting in private in the capital Asmara. Fourteen children are among the 141 detained, after the authorities…

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20

May

2019

More than 140 believers arrested on one day in Eritrea

More than 140 Christians were arrested as they gathered in a private courtyard in the Eritrean capital last Friday. Our partner Release Eritrea says that 104 of those arrested in the Mai Temenai area of Asmara were women. The others were 23…

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20

May

2019

NIGERIA: A DANGEROUS AGENDA Radio documentary by Release

Release International has produced a major radio documentary examining the growing number of attacks against Christian communities in Nigeria. The documentary features Release workers who arrived at the scene of an attack shortly after militants had left, leaving houses still burning. The…

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20

May

2019

NIGERIA: CALL FOR MORE SECURITY TO PREVENT FULANI VIOLENCE

Religious Liberty Partnership statement on crises in Central Nigeria There has been a call for the Nigerian government to increase security to protect largely Christian communities which are under attack by heavily armed militants. Thousands have been killed and driven from their…

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15

May

2019

Sudan: Release Welcomes Moves Towards Civilian Rule

Release International is welcoming moves towards civilian rule in Sudan. The military leaders have come to an agreement with the opposition to set up a three-year transition towards civilian rule. Release is calling for full religious freedom to be restored in Sudan,…

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08

May

2019

Asia Bibi Finally Free and Out of Pakistan

Asia Bibi has finally been allowed to leave Pakistan – six months after she was acquitted of ‘blasphemy’ and her life sentence quashed. She has arrived in Canada, where two of her daughters have already been granted asylum, her lawyer told CNN….

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08

May

2019

ASIA BIBI OUT OF PAKISTAN – RELEASE INTERVIEWED ON UCB

Asia Bibi is finally out of Pakistan. Her lawyer has told CNN that she is now in Canada, where two of her daughters have already been granted asylum. The Christian woman was acquitted of blasphemy by the Pakistan Supreme Court last year,…

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08

May

2019

ASIA BIBI FINALLY OUT OF PAKISTAN

Release International calls on Pakistan to repeal blasphemy laws and release 200 others. ‘Overjoyed that Asia is finally free – but why has it taken so long?’ Asia Bibi is finally out of Pakistan. Officials have confirmed that Asia has been released….

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08

May

2019

ASIA BIBI OUT OF PAKISTAN – REPORTS

Asia Bibi is finally out of Pakistan, according to news reports. Her lawyer has told CNN that she is now in Canada, where two of her daughters have already been granted asylum. The Christian woman was acquitted of blasphemy by the Pakistan…

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07

May

2019

REPORT ‘MAJOR WAKE-UP CALL ON CHRISTIAN PERSECUTION’

A new report on the persecution of Christians has come as a major wake-up call to governments, believes Release International, which supports persecuted believers around the world. UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt declared ‘We’ve all been asleep on the watch when it…

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03

May

2019

PERSECUTION OF CHRISTIANS ‘CLOSE TO GENOCIDE’

‘Calling out the inconvenient truth that the overwhelming majority – 80 per cent – of persecuted religious believers are Christians.’ ­– Report ‘We’ve all been asleep on the watch when it comes to the persecution of Christians.’ – Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt…

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03

May

2019

Persecution ‘spreading and more severe’ – Premier Radio interview

A new government report is warning that the persecution of Christians worldwide is spreading, increasing in severity, and has now reached levels approaching genocide in parts of the Middle East. The Bishop of Truro has carried out an independent review for the…

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30

Apr

2019

Faith and Fanaticism Tour

Join us to hear Pastor Kumar Swamy, a leading voice for persecuted Christians in India. As well as documenting cases and providing on-the-ground pastoral support, Pastor Kumar has spoken out for Indian Christians in the US Congress and UK Parliament. Each event…

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30

Apr

2019

BREAKING THE CYCLE OF VIOLENCE IN SRI LANKA

Sri Lanka remains on high alert amid warnings that Islamist bombers are still at large and hunting for further targets. Release partners are caring for victims and say Christians are heeding calls for forgiveness and reconciliation. Police in Sri Lanka have warned…

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29

Apr

2019

Sri Lanka Christians Respond To Easter Attacks With Forgiveness

Christians in Sri Lanka have been working to provide comfort, help and relief to victims of the Easter bombings. Despite fears of further attacks, Christians have been responding to the tragedy with an attitude of forgiveness. They say their aim is to…

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27

Apr

2019

SRI LANKA CHURCHES STILL ON HIGH ALERT

Amid cancelled church services and warnings of more attacks, Release partners bring relief to Sri Lanka Sri Lanka remains on high alert following the Easter bomb attacks against churches and tourist hotels, which killed upwards of 250 and wounded 500. Many churches…

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24

Apr

2019

SRI LANKA BOMBS – CHRISTIAN HERO SAVES CHILDREN’S LIVES. RELEASE PARTNERS PROVIDE EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE

The death toll in the Sri Lanka Easter bomb attacks would have been even higher, without the swift action of a church member who confronted a suicide bomber. The man, whose name was Ramesh, challenged a backpacker who was trying to get…

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23

Apr

2019

Sri Lankan Christians ‘deeply distressed’ by Easter Sunday bomb attacks

Please stand with our brothers and sisters in Sri Lanka after the Easter Sunday bomb attacks on churches and hotels that killed more than 320 people. Release partners say that Sri Lankan believers are ‘deeply distressed’ by Sunday’s co-ordinated attacks. They also…

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23

Apr

2019

Mourning in Sri Lanka

As Sri Lanka holds a national day of mourning for the victims of the Easter bomb attacks, many are questioning how could such a thing have taken place – and why were Christians at worship among the targets? The death toll has…

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22

Apr

2019

Sri Lanka Easter Attacks – Release Interviews

Security forces in Sri Lanka continue to investigate the bomb attacks against churches and hotels on Easter Sunday. The targeted bomb blasts, which have killed almost 300 and injured 500, were set off by seven suicide bombers, officials have confirmed. Three churches…

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21

Apr

2019

SRI LANKA EASTER CHURCH ATTACKS

The death toll continues to rise following Easter service bomb attacks against churches in Sri Lanka. ‘The scale of the horror takes our breath away,’ says Release International. News reports say bombers targeted three churches and a number of hotels in the…

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20

Apr

2019

PRINCE CHARLES ‘MOVED AND HUMBLED’ BY THE PERSECUTED

Prince Charles has declared himself moved and humbled by meeting persecuted Christians – many of whom have had to flee from their homelands. Writing in The Telegraph over Easter, Prince Charles said he had made a point of meeting believers – of…

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20

Apr

2019

Pray for an end to Christian Persecution in Sudan

As Sudan goes through a coup and regime change, Release International sees a window of opportunity to end the persecution of Christians in that vast Islamic country. Up to 2.5million people have been driven from their homes in a campaign of ethnic…

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16

Apr

2019

CHINA CLAMPDOWN TIGHTENS

‘Bounty’ on underground Christians Cross removals continue London embassy refuses Release petition The Chinese authorities are offering cash rewards for information about so-called ‘illegal’ church services. It’s part of an ongoing crackdown on Christianity in the country. Officials are offering cash rewards…

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15

Apr

2019

SUDAN: ‘WINDOW OF OPPORTUNITY’ TO END CHRISTIAN PERSECUTION – RELEASE INTERNATIONAL

As upheavals in Sudan continue, Release International sees a window of opportunity to end the persecution of Christians in that country. Protesters in Sudan are continuing to demonstrate for a civilian-led democracy, following last Thursday’s coup that ousted Omar al Bashir after…

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09

Apr

2019

Terrorist threat to Pakistan churches

Authorities in Pakistan fear that a terrorist linked to Islamic State is planning an attack that could target Christians in Punjab province at Easter. The bomber is likely to try to carry out a suicide attack in Lahore, our contact says.  Please…

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29

Mar

2019

Supporting Christians in Flight

Interview with Trans World Radio, March 2019  Persecution and war have forced hundreds of thousands of Christians to flee for their lives. Release International has launched an appeal to help these refugees from countries such as Syria, Iraq and Eritrea. In Syria,…

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21

Mar

2019

Ban on church meetings in rebel-held Ukraine

Many churches in eastern Ukraine have stopped meeting after Russian-backed rebels ordered a ban on services. Rebel leaders in the self-declared Luhansk People’s Republic, seized from Ukraine in 2014, have declared all unregistered religious groups illegal. Protestant, Seventh Day Adventist and Pentecostal…

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15

Mar

2019

Church in India braced for more violence as elections loom

There’s been a sharp rise in attacks on Christians in India so far this year – and many fear that things could get worse with a general election on the horizon. There were 77 recorded incidents of hatred and violence against Christians…

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13

Mar

2019

ASIA BIBI’S DAUGHTER APPEALS TO PAKISTAN TO LET HER MOTHER LEAVE

Asia Bibi’s youngest daughter has appealed to Pakistan’s Prime Minister to let her mother leave the country, according to press reports. She’s encouraged Asia to have faith that God will bring her out. Asia Bibi, who has been declared not guilty of…

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12

Mar

2019

Rise in attacks on India’s Christians ahead of elections

Interview with UCB Votes are still being counted in the world’s largest democratic election in India. Polls opened on April 11, a process that’s expected to last six weeks, as 900 million people determine their country’s future. Ahead of that came reports…

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11

Mar

2019

INDIA ELECTION ANNOUNCED – MORE ANTI-CHRISTIAN ATTACKS EXPECTED

As India announces the world’s largest democratic election, there are reports of a sharp rise in attacks against Christians – and warnings that the elections could make that worse. Targeted violence and acts of hatred against Christians are up by 57 per…

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04

Mar

2019

Family’s desperate cry ignored after daughter abducted

Sadaf is 13 and has been kidnapped, forcibly converted and married to a Muslim. Yet, her family’s cries for justice are falling on deaf ears. It was the morning of February 6, when Sadaf was alone in her house in Bahawalpur, that…

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27

Feb

2019

NIGERIAN ELECTIONS – STOP THE ATTACKS AGAINST CHRISTIANS, MR PRESIDENT

As Nigeria re-elects President Buhari, Release International urges: ‘Protect your Christians, Mr President. Stop the attacks from the twin menaces of Boko Haram and armed Fulani herdsmen.’ Nigeria has re-elected President Muhammadu Buhari to govern his nation for a second term. As…

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22

Feb

2019

Highlighting Christian Persecution

New documentary on Trans World Radio features Release International  Release International’s work in supporting Christians persecuted for their faith is highlighted in a new documentary on Trans World Radio. The report includes the story of Eritrean gospel singer Helen Berhane, who was…

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22

Feb

2019

Freeing Christians from oppression for their faith…

The story of Twen Theodros, imprisoned in Eritrea  As Release International launches an appeal to help Christians who face oppression for their faith, Premier Radio wanted to find out more about one prisoner in particular – Twen Theodros in Eritrea. Twen was…

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15

Feb

2019

Call for Christian leaders to support Church in China

Then and now. State pressure brought to bear on the church in Germany and China. (Picture VOM Korea) Release International partners have launched a campaign to call for religious freedom in China, where the churches are coming under growing pressure from the…

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13

Feb

2019

Crackdown on Iranian believers continues

Becoming a Christian in Iran is fraught with danger – as the recent arrest of many believers with a Muslim background makes clear. Two more were detained in Shiraz and Esfahan in January. These are just the latest in a wave of…

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30

Jan

2019

ASIA BIBI – BBC INTERVIEWS RELEASE INTERNATIONAL

BBC GOOD MORNING SCOTLAND INTERVIEW WITH ANDREW BOYD Pakistan’s Supreme Court has upheld its decision to free Asia Bibi. Asia spent 10 years behind bars, eight of them on death row, after being accused of blasphemy – accusations that the Supreme Court…

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29

Jan

2019

ASIA BIBI FREED! TWR INTERVIEW WITH ANDREW BOYD

Release International is welcoming the decision by the Pakistan Supreme Court to free Asia Bibi. The apex court upheld its earlier decision to acquit Asia Bibi on false charges of blasphemy. Asia is now legally free to leave the country, after 10…

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29

Jan

2019

ASIA BIBI FREED. PAKISTAN SUPREME COURT UPHOLDS ACQUITTAL

Release International welcomes the decision by Pakistan Supreme Court to uphold acquittal of Asia Bibi. Calls for Pakistan to protect Asia and Christian minority, review cases of 200 other Christians behind bars and repeal blasphemy laws. Release International welcomes the decision by…

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23

Jan

2019

Attack fears for Pakistan churches

Churches in Pakistan’s Punjab province are being instructed to put security measures in place by the provincial government. It is believed that an imminent attack is feared. The authorities have issued a notification to close or seal churches in the province if…

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14

Jan

2019

Radio Report – New Cathedral and fresh bomb attack on Egypt’s Coptic Christians

While Christians in Egypt faced a bomb attack over their Christmas celebrations, Egyptian President Al Sisi opened what has been described as the largest Christian cathedral in the Middle East. Trans World Radio’s Dave Piper asked Andrew Boyd of Release what Egypt’s…

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10

Jan

2019

Scores of Christians arrested in Iran

Please pray for our family in Iran amid a wave of arrests The church in Iran is on high alert after more than 150 Christians were detained in just a few weeks. In late-November, about 70 Christians were arrested near Karaj, Alborz…

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03

Jan

2019

Radio Reports – CHRISTIAN PERSECUTION SET TO RISE IN 2019

James Maidment Fullard interviewed Andrew Boyd of Release for Trans World Radio: Nigeria, India and China are countries where Christians face increased persecution in the coming year, according to Release International. The warning comes as Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt insists the UK…

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31

Dec

2018

CHRISTIAN PERSECUTION SET TO RISE IN 2019

AS JEREMY HUNT ANNOUNCES REVIEW INTO ATTACKS, RELEASE SAYS NIGERIA, CHINA AND INDIA ARE COUNTRIES OF SPECIAL CONCERN FOR THE COMING YEAR Nigeria, India and China are countries where Christians face increased persecution in the coming year, warns Release International. The warning…

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26

Dec

2018

Foreign Secretary hears the voice of persecuted Christians

Release International Board member, Revd Dr Berhane Asmelash, met with Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt MP at the Foreign and Commonwealth office on December 20th. The meeting was convened by the Human Rights and Democracy Department to hear the testimony of survivors of…

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24

Dec

2018

NORTH KOREA HITS BACK AT HUMAN RIGHTS SANCTIONS

North Korea has hit back at new US sanctions imposed to deter human rights violations. North Korean media has warned the sanctions against three of its top officials could lead to exchanges of fire and even derail the nuclear disarmament process. The…

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24

Dec

2018

LEADING CHINESE PASTOR ARRESTED

A prominent Chinese pastor has been arrested charged with ‘inciting subversion of state power’. Like many other Christians before him, Pastor Wang Yi is now seen, in effect, as an enemy of the state. Pastor Wang Li of the Early Rain Covenant…

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19

Dec

2018

THANK YOU FOR YOUR PRAYERS IN 2018

We praise God that ‘the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him’ (2 Chronicles 16:9). We know that our persecuted family are very much in his sight and on his heart – but we…

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17

Dec

2018

Chinese Pastors Courageous Essay

Why I must faithfully disobey – imprisoned pastor Wang Yi Last chance to sign Release China Petition, calling for freedom of faith A prominent Chinese pastor who has just been arrested has written an outstanding essay outlining his courageous stand on the…

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29

Nov

2018

Killing Fields of Nigeria

A Release partner is warning that Nigeria’s Christians face growing attacks by Islamist militants in the lead-up to next year’s general election on February 16, 2019. Archbishop Ben Kwashi is calling on the Nigerian government to provide security for Christian farmers in…

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27

Nov

2018

NIGERIA’S CHRISTIANS BRACE FOR ATTACKS AHEAD OF ELECTIONS

A leading Anglican is warning Nigeria’s Christians face escalating attacks by Islamist militants in the lead-up to next year’s general election. Archbishop Ben Kwashi is calling on the Nigerian government to provide security for Christian farmers in the north, who are being…

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22

Nov

2018

ASIA BIBI FAMILY ‘HUNTED DOOR-TO-DOOR’

Islamist extremists are reported to be hunting for Asia Bibi’s family ‘door-to-door’ in Pakistan, giving rise to fears she could be murdered before leaving the country. And Christians in Lahore have been warned that terrorist groups are planning to attack them. Release…

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22

Nov

2018

RELEASE PARTNER ON BBC FLAGSHIP NEWS PROGRAMME

Nigerian Archbishop Benjamin Kwashi has been describing the plight of persecuted Christians in Nigeria to BBC’s Today programme. Archbishop Benjamin Kwashi is on a speaking tour of the UK with Release International. He told BBC religion editor Martin Bashir: ‘As a priest,…

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16

Nov

2018

Nigeria – the focus for IDOP 2018

Nigeria has become a major focus for this year’s International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church on November 18. As Andrew Boyd of Release has been explaining to Peter Wooding, attacks are continuing against Nigerian Christians…   mp3 7m 18s 192kbps

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15

Nov

2018

Asia Bibi might be free, but the battle for religious freedom in Pakistan is far from over

says Paul Robinson, the head of Release International. The story of Asia Bibi highlights the plight of many Christians in Pakistan – not only those who have been accused of blasphemy, writes Paul in a blog for Premier. You can read it…

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15

Nov

2018

Revelation TV have endorsed Release International’s call for prayer for Nigeria for this year’s International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church

IDOP, now in its 22nd year, takes place on Sunday, November 18. Release spokesman, Andrew Boyd explained to Revelation TV viewers why Nigeria was the focus of this year’s day of prayer…    With thanks to Revelation TV.

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15

Nov

2018

RELEASE CHRISTMAS APPEAL

Release has launched its Christmas Appeal to support the families of Christians who have been killed for their faith around the world. Christians are being martyred in countries including Eritrea, Somalia, Kenya, Egypt, India, Pakistan and Nigeria. In Nigeria, Christians continue to…

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14

Nov

2018

NIGERIA IDOP PRAYER FOCUS AS CHRISTIAN ATTACKS GROW

Nigeria focus for International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church (IDOP), Nov 18. Nigerian Christians continue to be rocked by attacks by Islamist militants, including heavily armed herdsmen who slaughter villagers and drive them from their homes. The latest attacks claimed…

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09

Nov

2018

RELIGIOUS LIBERTY COMMISSION CALLS FOR PAKISTAN TO RELEASE ASIA BIBI

The Religious Liberty Commission (RLC), which includes Release International, is calling on Prime Minister Imran Khan to allow Asia Bibi to leave Pakistan. The Religious Liberty Commission of the Evangelical Alliance is formed of Release International, CSW and Open Doors UK who…

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08

Nov

2018

ASIA BIBI… AWAITING ASYLUM FROM PAKISTAN

Asia Bibi is still in Pakistan, according to national media there. News reports say she has been released from jail and flown to the capital Islamabad, where she is being kept in ‘protective custody’. According to reports, Foreign Office spokesman Mohammed Faisal…

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08

Nov

2018

Kyrgyzstan: Eldos was beaten unconscious – but will not be silenced

Eldos from Kyrgyzstan was beaten to within an inch of his life – for the ‘crime’ of turning to Christ. The Christian was hospitalised with serious head injuries, including a broken jaw, and his attackers threatened to kill him if he went…

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08

Nov

2018

ASIA BIBI FLOWN FROM PRISON – REPORTS

According to news reports, Asia Bibi has been flown to Islamabad after being acquitted by the country’s Supreme Court of blasphemy charges. Asia’s lawyer Saif ul-Malook told the news agency Agence France Presse that Asia has been freed from prison and put…

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08

Nov

2018

ASIA BIBI: Fact or fiction…

Reports that Asia Bibi has been flown out of Pakistan have been denied by ministers as ‘fake news’. UCB asked Release International spokesman, Andrew Boyd, to separate the fact from the fiction…   mp3  192kbps 2m 30s

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07

Nov

2018

CHINESE EVANGELISTS ARRESTED – RELEASE PETITION CALLS FOR REPEAL OF TOUGH NEW RELIGIOUS RESTRICTIONS IN CHINA

China’s clampdown on Christians continues, as the authorities step up enforcement of tough new anti-religious regulations. Please sign Release’s online petition Release partner China Aid reports that police in Sichuan arrested more than 20 Christians who were sharing their faith on the…

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06

Nov

2018

ASIA BIBI: CALL FOR A MILLION TO MARCH TO SEE HER HANG

Protestors in Pakistan have called for a million marchers to flood the streets of Karachi on Thursday (Nov 8) to call for the death of Asia Bibi – the Christian woman declared innocent of blasphemy. Pakistan has been accused of caving into…

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05

Nov

2018

Asia Bibi Acquitted – Report on BBC Radio Shropshire

Listen below to a radio report given by Release’s Andrew Boyd on BBC Radio Shropshire as he speaks about the situation in Pakistan and the uncertainty facing Asia Bibi and her family following her acquittal. Asia Bibi Acquitted – Interview on BBC…

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03

Nov

2018

ASIA BIBI’S HUSBAND CALLS ON UK FOR ASYLUM

The husband of Asia Bibi has called on Theresa May to grant asylum for his wife and family, after Pakistan caved in to demands by extremists to prevent her leaving the country. The Pakistan government has conceded to extremist demands to impose…

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03

Nov

2018

ASIA BIBI – PAKISTAN GIVES IN TO PROTESTERS, ASIA FREE IN NAME ONLY

Pakistan moves to prevent Asia Bibi leaving the country, Pakistan press calls it ‘another surrender’, Release International says pray for Asia and Christian minority as danger level rises The Pakistan government has given in to protesters and is acting to prevent Asia…

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02

Nov

2018

ASIA BIBI – NATIONWIDE PROTEST CALL AFTER FRIDAY PRAYERS

In Pakistan, Islamists have called for nationwide protests after Friday prayers, following the acquittal of Asia Bibi on blasphemy charges. The Supreme Court threw out all blasphemy charges against the Christian mother of five on Oct 31. The imam who brought the original…

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01

Nov

2018

Asia Bibi Acquitted – Report on Premier Christian Radio

Listen below to a radio report given by Release’s Andrew Boyd as he speaks about the prospects for Christians today in Pakistan following Asia Bibi’s acquittal.   Asia Bibi Acquitted – Interview on Premier Christian Radio, 1st November 2018. mp3, 130kbps,  6m…

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01

Nov

2018

AFTER ASIA… PRAY FOR CHRISTIANS BRACED FOR REPRISALS

Christians in Pakistan have been warned to be braced for reprisals following the acquittal of Asia Bibi on blasphemy charges. Protests are continuing across the nation the day after the Supreme Court threw out the charges of blasphemy against Asia. Protests by…

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31

Oct

2018

Asia Bibi Acquitted – Reports on TWR and UCB Radio

Listen below to two radio reports given by Release’s Andrew Boyd as he speaks about Asia Bibi’s acquittal, the implications that this has for her, her family and our wider Christian family within Pakistan and the reality of the blasphemy laws in…

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31

Oct

2018

Asia Bibi acquitted – and Pakistan erupts in fury

Asia Bibi has been acquitted by the Supreme Court in Lahore after spending eight years on death row for ‘blasphemy’. But the move is hugely controversial in this conservative Muslim nation. Already two churches have been attacked and large crowds of protesters…

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31

Oct

2018

ASIA BIBI UPDATE… THERESA MAY WELCOMES NEWS OF ASIA’S RELEASE

Prime Minister Theresa May has welcomed news of Asia Bibi’s release. She told the Commons during Prime Minister’s Questions: ‘The news out of Pakistan will be very welcome to her family and to all who have campaigned for her release.’ Asia Bibi…

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31

Oct

2018

ASIA BIBI UPDATE… PROTESTS CONTINUE IN PAKISTAN AFTER ASIA ACQUITTAL

Protests continue in Pakistan after the Supreme Court decision to acquit Christian Asia Bibi of blasphemy charges. Crowds have barricaded roads in Islamabad and other major cities, burned tyres and taken the streets in protest. The International News, Pakistan, reports: ‘Demonstrations broke…

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31

Oct

2018

ASIA BIBI UPDATE – RELEASE CALLS FOR PRAYER FOR CHRISTIANS

Release International has called for prayer for Pakistan’s Christians as large crowds gather to protest the acquittal of Asia Bibi. Angry protesters burning tyres have blocked highways and roads. Demonstrations have broken out in the capital Islamabad and other cities. ‘Please pray…

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31

Oct

2018

ASIA BIBI UPDATE… PROTESTS ERUPT IN PAKISTAN AFTER ACQUITTAL

Protestors have blocked major roads in Pakistan’s capital, Islamabad, putting up barriers and burning tyres, following news of Asia Bibi’s acquittal. Protests are also being staged in Karachi and Lahore. The Punjab authorities have banned people from gathering in public places. The…

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31

Oct

2018

ASIA BIBI OVERJOYED

Asia Bibi says she can scarcely believe that she has been acquitted. Overtuning the blasphemy ruling, the Supreme Court declared: ‘the prosecution has categorically failed to prove its case beyond reasonable doubt.’ News agency AFP said Asia Bibi could scarcely believe the news:…

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31

Oct

2018

ASIA BIBI ACQUITTED AMID PROTESTS – RELEASE CALLS FOR HER PROTECTION

PAKISTAN SUPREME COURT OVERTURNS DEATH PENALTY ON CHRISTIAN MOTHER ON DEATH ROW FOR BLASPHEMY Release International welcomes the decision to finally acquit Asia Bibi, who has been on death row for eight years. As protests break out, Release urges Pakistan to protect…

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23

Oct

2018

Our family in Sri Lanka are under pressure from extremists

The church in Sri Lanka is facing mounting violence and discrimination – as extremism extends its influence. Buddhist hardliners are not the only ones persecuting Christians now: Hindu extremists with links to India are gaining influence. Please pray that our church family…

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15

Oct

2018

PASTOR ANDREW BRUNSON RELEASED – Premier Christian Radio Interview

US pastor Andrew Brunson, who was accused of spying in Turkey, has been set free from prison following international pressure. Release International has welcomed the news, as, Andrew Boyd told Premier Radio:   5.5MB 3m 58s 192kbps

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12

Oct

2018

PASTOR ANDREW BRUNSON RELEASED

Release International is delighted that Pastor Andrew Brunson (pictured) has at last been released in Turkey, where he has been held on terrorism charges. According to news reports, Pastor Brunson, who has denied the charges, will soon be heading back to the…

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10

Oct

2018

ASIA BIBI AWAITS BLASPHEMY APPEAL RULING

The world is still awaiting Pakistan’s Supreme Court ruling on Asia Bibi, the Christian mother on death row for blasphemy. The court made a decision on Asia’s fate on Monday, but has withheld its ruling. Christians hope Asia will be set free,…

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08

Oct

2018

Help set the captives free! Our brothers and sisters need your prayers

Asia, Andrew, Jiang and Leah… all four are being held in captivity, simply because they are Christians. Please stand with us in praying for their release. Pakistani Christian Asia Bibi (pictured) will have to wait for a ruling on her final appeal today…

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04

Oct

2018

INSPIRE A NEW GENERATION

Show the Tortured for Christ DVD in your church and celebrate 50 years of supporting persecuted Christians. Fifty years ago, a Romanian pastor who had gone through torment for his faith at the hands of his communist jailers inspired Christians around the…

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04

Oct

2018

Emersion – a painting by Marcela Lopez.

Blind auction for painting. Marcela Lopez, a contemporary artist based in Surrey whose commissions can be found in offices and homes in Colombia, from where she comes, London, Paris, Venice and Texas, is offering one of her works for auction to help…

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26

Sep

2018

NIGERIA – Pray for Leah

The life of Leah Sharibu, the 15-year-old schoolgirl abducted by Boko Haram terrorists in northern Nigeria in February, is in immediate danger. Her abductors have threatened to execute her at the end of the month (September) if the Government does not meet…

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19

Sep

2018

Clampdown on Christians in Central Asia – Report on Premier Christian Radio

Release’s new DVD, Underground, was featured on Premier Christian Radio’s Newshour programme today. The DVD reports on the growing problem of persecution of Christians in Central Asia. You can listen to Release’s Tom Bradley’s report below. mp3 128kbps 7m 36s     You…

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18

Sep

2018

CENTRAL ASIA CLAMPDOWN ON CHRISTIANS

Christians in Central Asia are facing worship bans, arrest and torture as Islamic nationalism gains ground in their countries. Pastors in the underground church have been describing their ordeal to Release International, which supports persecuted Christians around the world. Release has launched an…

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11

Sep

2018

URGENT – Imminent attack feared in northern Nigeria

Rumours are circulating that Fulani militants are poised to attack the town of Vom in north eastern Nigeria. The town lies on the major arterial road between Abuja, the capital, and Jos, the Plateau state capital.  If this raid takes place it…

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31

Aug

2018

HELP THE COURAGEOUS CHRISTIANS OF IRAN

Iran is a tough country for Christians. In this radical Islamic republic, sharing the Christian faith is not tolerated. Fewer than 1 in 100 Iranians are believers. Converts from Islam face the toughest pressure – along with the Christians who lead them…

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29

Aug

2018

NIGERIA – Two pastors among scores killed by militants

Two congregations in Nigeria are mourning the death of their pastor after three days of violence across four states. Unidentified attackers shot Pastor Michael Akawu on a Saturday night in Gwagwalada, Abuja – just a few hours before suspected Fulani murdered Pastor…

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29

Aug

2018

CHINA: ‘REPEAL TOUGH NEW RESTRICTIONS’ – Interview on Premier Christian Radio

Release’s Andrew Boyd was interviewed on Premier Christian Radio this afternoon. He was speaking about persecution of Christians in China and how you can sign our petition to the Chinese Premier, Xi Jinping, asking him to repeal the new religious laws which…

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29

Aug

2018

CHINA PETITION – ‘REPEAL TOUGH NEW RESTRICTIONS’ – RELEASE

Release launches a petition calling for the repeal of tough new anti-religion laws in China that have led to a rise in persecution. Release partners say persecution in China is on the rise. And it’s not just Christians and church leaders who…

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28

Aug

2018

CHINA – CHRISTIAN PERSECUTION SOARS AS NEW LAWS BITE

It’s now six months since tough new restrictions on religious freedom came into force across China. Release International, which supports Christians under pressure around the world, says persecution has been rising dramatically. Partners report a five-fold increase in the number of Christians…

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16

Aug

2018

TAJIKISTAN – Christians arrested and fined

We have been informed through our partner that 10 Christians were arrested by the security police in Tajikistan on August 7. The group had gone to the Pamirs mountain area to share the gospel and hand out Christian literature in Russian, Tajik…

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02

Aug

2018

INDIA – Christians injured and ‘traumatised’ by mob attack

A partially blind girl was among those beaten by a mob of masked Hindu extremists during a recent attack on a church in Uttar Pradesh, northern India. After the attack in July, which ‘traumatised’ families, nine of about 50 injured Christians needed…

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26

Jul

2018

PASTOR ANDREW BRUNSON RELEASED FROM JAIL IN TURKEY

A US pastor accused of spying in Turkey has been released from prison and placed under house arrest following international pressure. Christians around the world are delighted that Pastor Andrew Brunson has at last been released from prison. He has been let…

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26

Jul

2018

ARCHBISHOP THANKS RELEASE FOR REPORTING NIGERIA ATTACK

Nigerian Archbishop Benjamin Kwashi has thanked Release International for raising international awareness of the recent attack against his home. Armed Fulani herdsmen raided the archbishop’s compound in Jos and stole his cattle. Archbishop Kwashi remained indoors to protect the many orphans in…

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25

Jul

2018

Pakistan elections – Christians likely losers as extremists tilt agenda

Whoever wins today’s Pakistan elections, Christians and religious tolerance are likely to be the losers, as extremists press into the mainstream, calling for tougher blasphemy laws. Whatever the outcome, Release International will keep campaigning for the notorious blasphemy laws to be repealed Whatever…

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21

Jul

2018

PREMIER RADIO – INTERVIEW WITH PETR JASEK, CHRISTIAN WORKER IMPRISONED IN SUDAN FOR SPYING

Listen to Petr Jasek being interviewed on The Profile at Premier Christian Radio today (Saturday July 21st) at 4pm. If you can’t make that time, the interview will be available to listen to as a podcast here.  

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19

Jul

2018

Pastor Andrew Brunson sent back to jail

American pastor Andrew Brunson’s hopes of being released from jail in Turkey have been dashed yet again. Yesterday, a judge ordered Pastor Andrew to remain behind bars, despite intense international lobbying raising hopes he would be freed. Turkey has just declared an…

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19

Jul

2018

New developments in Eritrea

A report from our Eritrean partner:  After Ethiopia appointed a new prime minister, Dr. Abiy Ahmed Ali, in April 2018, things started to change quickly in that country and their neighbours. Dr. Abiy Ahmed Ali has a Muslim father and an Orthodox…

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12

Jul

2018

Algerian Christians under growing pressure

Our Algerian family is facing mounting pressure – but standing strong. Officials in Algeria are using ‘legal technicalities’ to close down churches and put pressure on Christians. Release sources say Protestant churches are being subjected to ‘health and safety inspections’ – by…

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11

Jul

2018

Running 50 @ 50 in support of Release International

As Release International and Simon Harris both celebrate their 50th birthdays, please support Simon with his personal challenge to run 5 x 10km timed runs during 2018 or 50 @ 50! Simon writes, ‘As I celebrate my 50th year I’ve decided to…

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11

Jul

2018

Laurie’s 4000ft Cross-Scotland Trek

That’s not just walking 4000 feet – it’s walking across Scotland from Aberdeen to Fort William, up and down NINE 4,000 ft hills along the way!! Laurie writes, ‘Last year I had the opportunity to visit Egypt and see at first hand…

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09

Jul

2018

EXTENDED INTERVIEW WITH PETR JASEK, CHRISTIAN WORKER IMPRISONED IN SUDAN FOR SPYING

Listen here to an extended interview with Andrew Boyd in conversation with Petr Jasek. (You can also download a transcript of the interview here if you prefer.) Czech-born Petr Jasek, a champion of the persecuted church, was accused of spying in Sudan…

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06

Jul

2018

Tortured For Christ – The film: NOW SHOWING THROUGHOUT THE UK

Fourteen years in communist prisons could not break his faith! Last Autumn Release started to show a new 70-minute film produced by Voice of the Martyrs USA, which depicts Richard Wurmbrand’s best-selling testimony Tortured for Christ. Filmed entirely in Romania, this is a powerful…

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05

Jul

2018

Express reports Release concerns about Nigeria attacks

The Express has picked up on Release International’s story about the ongoing attacks against Christian in Nigeria. Their story headlined, Christianity crackdown: Church attacked by mob in Nigeria ‘genocide’ crisis highlights the crucial questions being raised by Release CEO Paul Robinson. The…

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02

Jul

2018

ATTACK ON HOME OF NIGERIAN ARCHBISHOP BEN KWASHI

Fulani raiders claim 11 more lives. Release warns of campaign to drive Christians from northern Nigeria, calls for government protection Cattle rustlers have attacked the home of the Nigerian Archbishop of Jos, Benjamin Kwashi. The Anglican Archbishop was at home at the…

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02

Jul

2018

AUDIO REPORT: Nigeria violence death toll ‘exceeds 200’

Andrew Boyd is interviewed on Premier Christian Radio about the continuing violence in northern Nigeria which has resulted in the deaths of over 200 people and the displacement of thousands.

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02

Jul

2018

PETR JASEK THANKS RELEASE SUPPORTERS FOR YOUR PRAYERS

Listen here to an interview with Andrew Boyd in conversation with Petr Jasek. (You can also download a transcript of the interview here if you prefer.) A Czech missionary who was facing death in Sudan for reporting on the persecuted church, has…

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29

Jun

2018

CHRISTIAN DEATH TOLL IN NIGERIA RISES. RELEASE WARNS OF STRATEGY TO DRIVE CHRISTIANS FROM NORTH

Release International warns of strategy to drive Christians from north Nigeria and asks: ‘Who is arming and training the attackers?’ As the death tolls mounts in Fulani attacks against Nigerian Christian villagers, Release declares June 29 Martyrs’ Day. The death toll from…

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28

Jun

2018

200 Nigerian Christians slaughtered in village attacks

200 Nigerian Christians slaughtered in village attacks More than 200 people in mainly Christian villages in Plateau are reported dead after Fulani herdsmen went on a killing spree at the weekend. Attackers armed with machetes and guns raided ten communities near the…

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18

Jun

2018

100 churches closed in China province

Scores of churches have been shut down in a central China province as the crackdown on Christianity continues. By the end of May, almost 100 house churches had been forcibly closed in Henan, according to Release partner China Aid. Even state-registered churches…

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06

Jun

2018

MYANMAR MILITARY LAUNCHES BRUTAL ATTACKS ON CHRISTIAN AREAS

Our family in Myanmar are in desperate need of our prayers as the military renews its offensive against the Christian Kachin people in the north of Myanmar.  Troops using artillery, helicopter gunships and infantry are reportedly setting fire to homes, forcing people…

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05

Jun

2018

BURMA: RELIGIOUS CLEANSING SPREADS TO CHRISTIANS

RELEASE CALLS FOR HALT TO ATTACKS BY MYANMAR MILITARY. The Burmese military has renewed its offensive against the Christian Kachin people in Myanmar (Burma), displacing thousands. Release International, which supports persecuted Christians worldwide, fears Christians face a repeat of the brutal ethnic…

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05

Jun

2018

Andrew Boyd Speaks about the recent attacks on Kachin Christians in Burma

Release’s Andrew Boyd speaks on UCB Radio  and Premier Christian Radio about the recent attacks on Kachin Christians in Burma.   UCB Radio Report (June 5th, 2018) mp3 6MB 4m 17s     Premier Christian Radio Report (June 6th, 2018) mp3 6MB…

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25

May

2018

Andrew Boyd Speaks about the Great Outdoors Church Service

  Click here to listen to Release’ Andrew Boyd speaking about the Great Outdoor Church Service on Premier Radio’s Newshour programme. mp3, 160kbps, 4m 35s  

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21

May

2018

50th Anniversary Service of Thanksgiving

Join us for a 50th Anniversary Service of Thanksgiving on Thursday 4th October, 7.30pm, at the Emmanuel Centre, 9-23 Marsham Street, London, SW1P 3DW.   Download the flyer for more details.   Entry is by advance FREE ticket only and spaces are…

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21

May

2018

THEY LISTEN IN SECRET

THEY LISTEN IN SECRET In Afghanistan, they still stone followers of Jesus. So, telling others about your faith is a risky business – for you, and for them. Encouragement is in short supply, as is sound Christian teaching. But both can be…

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14

May

2018

INDONESIA – Churches hit by horrific attacks

Our brothers and sisters in Indonesia urgently need our prayer – after a family with children launched suicide attacks on three churches in Surabaya city yesterday. A woman is believed to have blown up herself and two daughters in an attack on…

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14

May

2018

CALL FOR OPEN-AIR PRAYER TO STAND WITH INDONESIAN CHRISTIANS

CALL FOR OPEN-AIR PRAYER TO STAND WITH INDONESIAN CHRISTIANS Release International is calling on Christians to hold open-air services to stand in solidarity with Christians slaughtered in the Indonesian church bombings. Report of courage as security guard gives his life to save…

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23

Apr

2018

‘NOW IS THE TIME TO GET OUT OF OUR CHURCHES AND STAND WITH THE PERSECUTED’

Release invites Christians to hold open air services on May 27 to identify with believers whose churches have been destroyed Churches in the UK and Ireland are being challenged to take their services out into the open air in May, whatever the…

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19

Apr

2018

PAKISTAN: Christians shocked and fearful after third attack

Azhar and Rahib were shot in broad daylight on the streets of Quetta city this week – the third extremist attack on local Christians in just four months. Christians in southern Balochistan province are now living in fear as 15 believers have…

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06

Apr

2018

PAKISTAN: Four members of Christian family killed in Easter attack

Easter should be a joyful time for family gatherings but for one family in the Pakistani province of Balochistan their celebrations came to a sudden and brutal end. Four members of the same family, who had come together for Easter from different…

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05

Apr

2018

Egypt election – Premier Newshour Interview

Release’s Andrew Boyd speaks on Premier Christian Radio’s Newshour programme about the recent presidential election in Egypt. Click the icon below to listen.   mp3 (6MB) 128kbps 6m 14s    

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03

Apr

2018

Protect Your Persecuted Christians, Mr President

Abdel Fattah al–Sisi has been confirmed as President of Egypt after a low-turnout election for which there was no effective opposition. Most of Mr al-Sisi’s opponents declined to stand in the elections, citing intimidation. A former army chief was arrested after declaring…

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19

Mar

2018

GATHERING STORM IN CHINA

COMING STORM FOR CHINESE CHRISTIANS UNDER ‘EMPEROR’ XI Latest crackdown tears Christian mural from home, arrests pastor. Video clip. A leading campaigner has warned of a gathering storm for persecuted Christians in China. Release International partner, Bob Fu, says the persecution of…

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06

Mar

2018

Interview opportunity with leading China persecution campaigner Bob Fu, in the UK in March with Release International. Also new book on persecution.

Former house church leader, prisoner of faith, and one of the leading voices for the persecuted Church in China, Bob Fu contends that the persecution of Christians in China is worsening and is now as severe as at any time since the…

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26

Feb

2018

INDIA: 7TH STATE PASSES ANTI-CONVERSION LAW

‘Law is an instrument of persecution to prevent Christian witness’ – Release International A seventh state in India has become the latest to pass an anti-conversion law, which Christians say will be used as a tool of persecution by right-wing Hindu nationalists….

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16

Feb

2018

Thank God for the release of Lao Christians!

Six Christians in Laos who spent more than a month in jail for celebrating Christmas have now been set free. Release contacts say the Christians in Vientiane province were taken into custody because they had not sought official permission to hold a…

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16

Feb

2018

AUDIO REPORT: Chinese New Year – New restriction on Christians in China

A new year means new rules. Year of the Dog looks set to be Year of the Underdog for Christians in China. Release’s Andrew Boyd warns persecution is set to rise as new rules given to local authorities are being used to further…

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15

Feb

2018

CHINESE NEW YEAR HERALDS NEW RESTRICTIONS FOR CHRISTIANS

New year, new rules as Year of the Dog looks set to be Year of the Underdog. Release warns persecution set to rise as new rules clamp down on the Church. The Chinese New Year looks set to be a year of…

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07

Feb

2018

NK PRE-OLYMPIC MILITARY PARADE MUST TRIGGER PRAYER FOR PERSECUTED

The North Korean missile crisis must be turned into a rallying cry for prayer for persecuted Christians in that country, says Release International, which supports Christians under pressure around the world. North Korea is staging a massive show of military might ahead…

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31

Jan

2018

Theresa May in China – ‘Use your influence, Mrs May, to press for religious freedom’

Prime Minister Theresa May is in China for a three-day visit to bolster trade. But concern is growing about the rising persecution of Christians in China. In January, officials dynamited a 50,000-strong megachurch and have fined Christian leaders elsewhere for taking up…

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26

Jan

2018

New religion law in Vietnam fuels Christians’ fears

Please pray for our family in Vietnam as new laws on religion threaten to limit their freedoms. Vietnam’s Law on Belief and Religion, which came into force on January 1, has alarmed Christians because it insists religious groups must be registered and…

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22

Jan

2018

RELEASE 50YR MILESTONE PROMPTS PERSECUTION CALL TO ACTION

Release International has reached a significant milestone – the 50th year of its ministry in serving persecuted Christians around the world. ‘Since 1968, the prayers and gifts of supporters throughout the UK and Ireland have helped thousands of Christians who are persecuted…

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19

Jan

2018

CHINA: 200 Chinese Christians arrested in ‘cult’ crackdown

A crackdown on ‘cults’ in Yunnan province has led to mass arrests of Christians – with many now facing long jail sentences. Six members of a church in the Lincang area have just been handed sentences of up to 13 years –…

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09

Jan

2018

KYRGYZSTAN – ‘AMAZING SIGN’ ENCOURAGES CHURCH AFTER BOMB ATTACK

A church in Kyrgyzstan was badly damaged in a firebomb attack but one thing survived and has now inspired the congregation. Muslim militants used Molotov cocktails to set fire to the Evangelical Christian Baptist Church in Kaji-Say in the early hours of…

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08

Jan

2018

MILITANTS BURN BAPTIST CHURCH IN KYRGYZSTAN. ALTAR BIBLE SURVIVES BLAZE UNHARMED

Muslim militants have firebombed a Baptist church in Kyrgyzstan, causing extensive damage. The Bible on the altar survived the arson attack, encouraging Christians to stand firm in their faith. Radicals doused the Evangelical Christian Baptist Church with petrol and set it on…

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29

Dec

2017

MANY SPARED AS EGYPT CHURCH BOMB ATTACK FAILS

Terrorists strike as Egyptian churches brace for violence. Nine killed, but many spared as bomb attack fails. Release calls for prayer for Egypt’s Christians. The death toll in an attempted suicide bomb attack on a church in Egypt [Friday Dec 29] has…

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28

Dec

2017

PERSECUTION TRENDS 2018: AS CHINA TRIES TO BAN CHRISTMAS CELEBRATIONS RELEASE WARNS OF CHURCH CLAMPDOWN

Countries of concern for 2018 in new Release report include China, Nigeria and India. China has been cracking down on Christmas celebrations in some districts, banning Santa Claus and Christmas hats to further tighten its squeeze on Christianity. China is a key…

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18

Dec

2017

CHRISTIAN GROOMING EPIDEMIC IN EGYPT

Girls and boys targeted for kidnap and conversion. Release urges Egypt to protect its Christian minority. Christian girls in Egypt are being targeted for kidnapping, forced marriage and conversion, says Release International, which supports persecuted Christians around the world. Release describes an…

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15

Dec

2017

THANK YOU FOR YOUR FAITHFUL PRAYERS IN 2017

We believe in the power of prayer so we’re hugely grateful to you for interceding on behalf of our persecuted family this year. Your prayers help sustain prisoners behind bars, bring comfort to those who mourn and remind those who are suffering…

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08

Dec

2017

INDIAN PASTOR AND WIFE BEATEN UP

Please pray for Indian pastor David Livingstone and his wife Aram, who were beaten up when Hindu extremists attacked their church in north Karnataka. A group of about 25 extremists interrupted a church service, and dragged the pastor and his wife outside,…

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29

Nov

2017

Persecution turns to joy for Indian Christians

Next time you pray for someone to be healed, spare a thought for six Indian Christians who paid a heavy price for doing just that. As they prayed over a woman who was sick, Hindu extremists attacked them. Then, when police were…

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16

Nov

2017

PAKISTAN – PRAY FOR OUR BROTHER ZAFAR WHO IS IN PRISON AND IN DISTRESS

Our brother Zafar is facing the prospect of spending the rest of his life behind bars in Pakistan over false accusations of ‘blasphemy’ – and really needs our prayers. Zafar Bhatti, who is being held in Adyala Jail in Rawalpindi, was sentenced…

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24

Oct

2017

MORE SUDAN CHURCH LEADERS ARRESTED

Faced with the threat of arrest would you continue to worship God? That is the challenge being faced on a regular basis by Christian leaders in Sudan. On Sunday police arrested five Sudanese Church of Christ (SCOC) leaders after they refused to…

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11

Oct

2017

TURKEY – Worship rises from pastor’s prison cell

Our American brother Andrew Brunson is still behind bars in Turkey – a year after he was arrested – yet his faith remains strong. He faces four life sentences based on allegations that he was involved in the plot to overthrow the…

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02

Aug

2017

IRAN – MARYAM RELEASED FROM PRISON!

Thank you for your prayers for Maryam Naghash Zargaran, an Iranian convert to Christianity, who, we are delighted to report, was released from prison yesterday. Maryam has served a four-year sentence in the women’s ward of Evin Prison in Tehran. She was…

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12

May

2017

ANOTHER CHRISTIAN FALLS VICTIM TO PAKISTAN’S BLASPHEMY LAW

Zafar Bhatti faces the prospect of spending the rest of his days behind bars after a court in Pakistan sentenced him to life in prison for ‘blasphemy’. A judge in Rawalpindi found Zafar guilty of sending blasphemous text messages from his mobile…

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11

May

2017

YOUR PRAYERS ARE POWERFUL: THANK GOD FOR THE RELEASE OF PRISONERS IN SUDAN!

We’ve just heard that Pastor Hassan Abduraheem Kodi Taour and Abdulmonem Abdumawla have been freed from prison in Khartoum today. The two men have been in jail since they were arrested along with our Czech brother, Petr Jašek, in December 2015. In…

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13

Mar

2017

IRAN – ONE SMALL STEP FROM BAPTISM TO DETENTION

An Iranian mother and son have paid a heavy price for turning to Christ – just months after they were baptised. Veronika and Augustine were arrested in Urmia, northwest Iran, on February 20 and haven’t been seen since. Please pray that they…

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27

Feb

2017

SUDAN: FREEDOM FOR OUR CZECH BROTHER PETR

Czech Christian aid worker Petr Jašek is reported to be safely back in Prague after Sudan’s President pardoned him and released him from jail yesterday. The Czech Foreign Minister brought Petr home last night after flying out to Khartoum to negotiate his…

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22

Feb

2017

MALAYSIA: ABDUCTION FEARS FOR MALAYSIAN CHRISTIANS

Three Christians have gone missing in Malaysia – and friends fear they have been abducted because of their church work. Pastor Raymond Koh was reportedly taken from his car in Petaling Jaya city last week. Another pastor and his wife, who have…

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21

Feb

2017

MALAYSIA: ABDUCTION FEARS FOR MALAYSIAN CHRISTIANS

Three Christians have gone missing in Malaysia – and friends fear they have been abducted because of their church work. Pastor Raymond Koh was reportedly taken from his car in Petaling Jaya city last week. Another pastor and his wife, who have…

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15

Feb

2017

WILL THEY BE LASHED FOR TAKING COMMUNION WINE? IRANIAN CHRISTIANS AWAIT VERDICT

Three Iranian men are waiting to hear whether a court will uphold their sentence to 80 lashes for taking communion wine. Their appeal decision is expected within 20 days. Release International is calling on the Iranian authorities to overturn the sentence. Yaser…

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04

Oct

2016

CHINA – HOUSE CHURCHES ACROSS CHINA ‘ORDERED TO REFORM’

China’s house churches are under fire again – as the authorities step up the pressure on congregations across the country. Please pray for our Christian family in China, facing what appears to be an official crackdown spreading throughout the country. The warning…

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