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Read more...China: Pastor Zhang Shaojie loses his appeal
Chinese Pastor Zhang Shaojie, who on 4 July was sentenced to 12 years in prison and fined 100,000 RMB (approximately £9,400) for fraud and “gathering a crowd to disturb public order”, has lost his appeal. 22/08/2014

Read more...Nigeria: Boko Haram overruns Buni Yadi Town and imposes rule
Islamist terrorist group Boko Haram reportedly overran the headquarters of Gujba Local Government Area (LGA) in Yobe State, north-east Nigeria, on 21 August, and is imposing its religious strictures on the local population. 22/08/2014

Read more...India: Church of England and partners observe Kandhamal Day
The Church of England and its Ecumenical partners will be observing Kandhamal Day on 25 August to mark the sixth year anniversary of communal violence in Kandhamal in Orissa State of India. 21/08/2014

Read more...Iranian Pastor Haghnejad pressured for false confession whilst in solitary confinement
Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) has learned that Pastor Abdolreza “Matthias” Ali-Haghnejad, who faces charges of “Moharebeh” (warring against God), was briefly held in solitary confinement. Meanwhile, another Christian, Fatemeh Torkajouri, has been tried in absentia. 20/08/2014

Read more...China: Rights activist Gao Zhisheng unable to access medical care
Chinese human rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng, who was released from prison on 7 August, is suffering from a “broad range of physical and mental health problems” but has not been able to see a doctor since his release, according to his international lawyer. 14/08/2014

Read more...Nepal: new briefing highlights concerns at proposed anti-conversion clauses for new constitution
A new briefing on freedom of religion or belief in Nepal, published by Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW), expresses concern about a proposed anti-conversion clause for the new constitution. 11/08/2014

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