Nepal: Can we pray yet again for Nepal where a law criminalising religious conversion and the ‘hurting of religious sentiment’ has now been signed by the President and is hence officially law. Pray for protection of Christians and other religious minorities, and for Nepal’s human rights defenders as they prepare to defend religious freedom.
This week, we need to bring Egypt to God in our prayers following the murder of Father Samaan Shahata Rizkallah, a priest who was stabbed to death by a suspected extremist. Another priest, Father Beymen Moftah, was attacked alongside Father Samaan but is reported to have survived his injuries. Please pray for God to comfort the family of Father Samaan as they mourn and for speedy healing for Father Beymen. How blessed we are to be able to pray for these people.
Gao Zhisheng, the Chinese Christian human rights lawyer, continues his custody in Beijing where his family are again unable to visit him. His daughter, Grace, is currently in the UK, talking about her father’s detailed report on human rights issues in China. Please pray that God will provide strength for Gao Zhisheng in his latest imprisonment and for him to be released soon, and for energy and strength for Grace as she talks about her father’s work.
Criminal charges against Cuban religious freedom activist Fếlix Yuniel Llerena López have been dropped. He is once again able to travel abroad. He’d been unexpectedly summoned by state security and was expecting the worst, but prayer has prevailed and his case is now closed! Please pray that he will now be able to return to university, as he was expelled earlier this year essentially because of his human rights work. Gracias a Dios.
Twelve Christians in Iran are appealing against excessively harsh sentences. Four of the those sentenced, Pastor Yousef Nadarkhani, Mohammadreza Omidi, Yasser Mossayebzadeh and Saheb Fadaie, are expected to have faced another hearing 4 October. The judge hearing the case has been accused of overseeing miscarriages of justice, and is on a list of Iranian officials targeted for financial sanctions by the UK. Please pray that the charges against all those who received harsh sentences be dismissed, and that God will have moved the heart of the judge to act justly in the appeal hearing this week.
On 18 September 2001 Eritrea’s independent press was closed down, and journalists and pro-reform politicians were detained incommunicado. That day marked the beginning of sorrows and the death of democracy. The following May began the campaign of repression which has claimed the lives of many, like Fikadu, a Christian mother of four who died in incarceration a few months ago. Please pray especially for the children like Fikadu’s who have lost their primary caregiver. Pray for an end to the repression, and freedom for all prisoners of conscience
Who are Christian Solidarity?
Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) works in over 20 countries across Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Latin America, defending everyone’s right to freedom of religion or belief. Three quarters of the world’s population lives in countries with severe restrictions on their religious freedom – in fact, it’s one of the most widely-violated human rights in the world. We think this is unacceptable. We’re working to change it. Our vision is of a world where everyone is free to choose their beliefs – to hold and practise any religion they like, or none at all.
Find out more on the Christian Solidarity Worldwide website (click here)