June 14, 2018

BURMA (MYANMAR): Christians Facing Genocide

A displaced Kachin woman - Flickr / Trocair
Photo: Flickr / Trocair (c)

As the world's attention is centred on the estimated 700,000 Rohingya Muslim refugees fleeing slaughter from the military in Burma, another group who are predominantly Christian are facing a similar fate. The Kachin people live in an area of northern Burma, near the borders of India and China.

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CANADA: Decision for Trinity Western University

Trinity Western University - Photo: Google
Photo: Google

The Supreme Court of Canada has announced that they will be releasing their decision regarding Trinity Western University's School of Law on Friday, June 15th. The ruling could have wide-ranging implications on the protection of religious freedoms in Canada.

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ERITREA: Pastor Released After 11 Years!

Oqbamichel Haiminot

Pastor Oqbamichel Haimanot was first arrested in 2003, resulting initially in a few weeks of detainment. In 2005, he was arrested again when a wedding was raided and over 60 Christians were taken to the Sawa military centre -- a place renowned for its brutal treatment. He was released a few months later after suffering a mental breakdown (see this page).

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VIETNAM: Christian Attorney Released and Exiled

Nguyen Van Dai - Photo: His Facebook page
Photo: Facebook / Nguyen Van Dai

Christian attorney and human rights activist Nguyen Van Dai has faced persecution several times over the years because of his defence of human rights. Arrested in March 2007 for "propagandizing against the Socialist Republic of Vietnam," he received a sentence of five years in prison, followed by four years of house arrest. Although he had been released from prison in March 2011 after serving four years, he was still required to serve the following four years of house arrest. For more details, click here.

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