Nigeria: Terror attacks in three states
Fifteen people were killed and 34 injured were yesterday when suspected members of the Islamist terror group Boko Haram launched a gun and bomb attack on the Federal College of Education (FCE) in the capital of Kano State in northern Nigeria. 19/09/2014
Pakistan: CSW calls for justice and compensation for victims ahead of All Saints Church bombing anniversary
Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) is calling on the Pakistani government to fulfill its pledge to compensate the victims of the attack on All Saints Church in Peshawar, ahead of the anniversary of the bombing that took place on 22 September 2013. 19/09/2014
Sudan: Meriam Ibrahim's lawyers to make constitutional challenge
Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) has learned that the lawyers who represented Meriam Ibrahim, whose conviction for apostasy and adultery was overturned by the Appeal Court on 23 June, are currently defending the case at the Supreme Court and plan to take it to Sudan’s Constitutional Court for a final ruling on the constitutionality of apostasy in the criminal code. 19/09/2014
Pakistan: One year after the Peshawar church bombing, we interview Bishop Humphrey Peters
“This has been the year of the minority church, struggling for identity and survival.” These are the words of Bishop Humphrey Peters from Peshawar in Pakistan, one year after a suicide bombing on All Saints Church claimed over 100 lives.
We spoke to Bishop Humphrey about the year since the most deadly attack on a church in recent history, when nearly 100 people were killed as 600 Christians were gathering for lunch in the courtyard of the church. Two suicide attackers with bombs strapped to them, laden with ball-bearings to kill and maim as many as possible, ran through the gates and blew themselves. Dozens were killed instantly, and over 150 worshippers were injured.
Yet the worst terrorist attack on Christians in Asia only got a minor mention in international news, as millions were fixed on the unfolding three-day attack on Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya.
Eritrea: CSW calls for compliance with African Commission rulings on anniversary of arrests
Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) is calling for international pressure on the government of Eritrea, to ensure that it complies with rulings passed by the African Commission calling for prominent politicians and journalists who have been detained incommunicado for the last thirteen years to be released and compensated. 18/09/2014
Colombia: Constitutional court upholds right to conscientious objection and religious freedom
The Colombian Constitutional Court upheld the right to conscientious objection, freedom of worship and religious freedom on 16 September in the case of Jhonatan David Vargas Becerra, who was forcibly inducted into the military in March 2014 and later arrested and imprisoned on charges of going absent without leave. 17/09/2014