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Posted by David Virtue on 2014/4/23 13:30:00 (222 reads)

April 23, 2014

Evangelical church leader Farshid Fathi was amongst 30 prisoners who suffered injuries when guards and security agents assaulted inmates in Evin Prison, one of Iran’s most notorious jails, on 17 April.

Farshid Fathi, who is serving a six year sentence on false political charges, suffered a broken foot and toe when a guard stamped on them to prevent him assisting an injured inmate as forces from the Intelligence Ministry, Revolutionary Guards, and over 100 prison guards unleashed unprecedented violence on the inmates of Ward 350.

The assault on the prisoners occurred after they protested against an aggressive inspection that had lasted for over five hours. The Iranian authorities have denied reports of the incident; however, a member of the Iranian Parliament, Ali Motahari, requested that the families of the prisoners concerned be allowed to visit them, to ensure that the truth about the allegations is revealed.

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Posted by David Virtue on 2014/4/10 11:00:00 (488 reads)

SUDAN: Anglican Bishop follows his fleeing flock across Africa
Refugees from Sudan have fled in several countries because of violent conflict

By Bellah Zulu
April 8, 2014

A bishop in Sudan has bemoaned the worsening war situation in his country. He said the continuing air bombardment on civilians and lack of humanitarian aid has increased the immigration of people from his diocese to neighbouring countries.

Bishop of Kadugli Diocese, the Rt Revd Andudu Adam Elnail said this in a report to highlight activities of “pastoral, administrative work and participation in peace talks between the Government of Sudan and Sudan People’s Liberation Movement in North".

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Posted by David Virtue on 2014/3/27 6:00:00 (500 reads)


Barnabas Fund
March 27, 2014

An increasing number of countries, mostly ones with a Muslim majority, are enforcing blasphemy laws, which are used to penalise Christian minorities and others with different religious views.
A report by the US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) released this month said that such laws are incompatible with international human rights standards because they protect beliefs over individuals. Director of policy and research Knox Thames said:
This trend of greater usage of blasphemy laws will surely lead to increased violations of the freedoms of religion and expression. Governments will jail people, and extremists may kill others in the defence of undefined notions of religious sentiment.

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