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Helping Free a Wrongfully Imprisoned Christian in Pakistan

By CeCe Heil1585854000000

We recently obtained another victory for a Christian family facing persecution in Pakistan. Our team on the ground – through our international affiliate, the European Centre for Law and Justice’s (ECLJ) office in Pakistan, the Organization for Legal Aid (OLA) – represented Shahbaz Masih, a...

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Celebrating 10 Years for Office Defending Pakistan's Christians

By Shaheryar Gill1584557151092

The ACLJ’s affiliate office in Pakistan recently celebrated its 10th anniversary defending religious freedom with clients, supporters, and staff. As you know, our European counterpart, the European Centre for Law and Justice (ECLJ), has an affiliated office in Pakistan, the Organization for Legal...

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Members of Congress Call for Release of Pastor Bryan Nerren

By Jordan Sekulow1584030702166

Members of Congress have just sent a critical letter to the foreign secretary of India calling for the immediate release of our client, American Pastor Bryan Nerren. Pastor Nerren is a U.S. Pastor from Tennessee who has been ministering in Nepal and India for almost two decades, training Sunday...

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ACLJ Delivers Critical Oral Intervention for Pastor John Cao

By CeCe Heil1583874539766

As we told you last week , Christian Pastor John Cao – a U.S. permanent resident from North Carolina – just marked a sad anniversary: his third year as a prisoner in China. We appeared before the U.N. Human Rights Council (HRC) urging the world’s leaders to take action to set him free. Pastor Cao...

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Pastor Cao Marks Third Year in Chinese Prison

By Jordan Sekulow1583440097982

A single day behind bars for being a Christian is one day too many. Christian Pastor John Cao – a U.S. permanent resident – has now been a prisoner in China for THREE YEARS. And now he faces a potential new threat to his safety. Pastor Cao spent decades serving the impoverished of China and Burma...

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Two Years Ago Leah Sharibu Was Abducted by Boko Haram

By CeCe Heil1582124400000

Imagine your daughter, or your sister, being held hostage for TWO YEARS by evil, violent criminals. Today, Leah Sharibu, the Christian teenager who was abducted on February 19, 2018 by Boko Haram, the Islamic terrorist militia, will mark her second year as the vile group’s prisoner. They have...

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Defending Pakistan’s Dying Christians at the United Nations

By Olivia Summers1581458595330

For years, the ACLJ has been raising the alarm for Christians in Pakistan who are living their lives in constant fear of violent persecution. Christians have been beaten, abducted, raped, imprisoned, bombed, and murdered. Now a new report by Christian human rights organization Open Doors has ranked...

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Urging Protection of Christians in Nigeria at the U.N.

By Olivia Summers1581372878291

Just last week, “ [t]he governor of the Boko Haram-infected Borno state in northeast Nigeria” stated that “Boko Haram’s violence has impacted over 100,000 people. . . . [and is] responsible for the creation of 59,311 orphans and 59,123 widows throughout its existence.” Indeed, Nigeria has become an...

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Islamic Jihadists Kill Christian Pastor

By CeCe Heil1580161634471

2020 is already proving to be a deadly year for innocent Christians in Nigeria. Boko Haram – the Nigerian jihadist militia pledged to ISIS – just beheaded a Christian Pastor who weeks ago was shown in a hostage video telling the world: “Don’t cry. Don’t worry. But thank God for everything.” As...

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China Imprisons Another Christian Pastor Because of His Faith

By Jordan Sekulow1578691574526

Finally, the mainstream media has had no choice but to take notice of the persecution happening in China. A recent Time magazine article reported the arrest and closed-door conviction of Christian Pastor Wang Yi, the founder of Early Rain Covenant Church, who has been sentenced to 9 years in prison...

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2019 Victories: ACLJ Frees Christian Family from Servitude

By ACLJ.org1577732400000

This is the latest installment of our year-end victories series looking back at some of the numerous victories by the ACLJ in 2019. A Christian family – including young children – was forced to perform backbreaking labor in Pakistan against their will with no hope of relief, until the ACLJ stepped...

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Victory: 10-Year Nightmare Finally Over for Christian Mom

By ACLJ.org1577385000000

This is the latest installment of our year-end victories series looking back at some of the numerous victories by the ACLJ in 2019. The ACLJ fights for life and religious freedom all across the world, and this year we celebrated a tremendous victory when a Christian woman was finally freed from a...

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Victory: ACLJ Wins Bail for Christian in Pakistan

By ACLJ.org1576703213707

This is the latest installment of our year-end victories series looking back at some of the numerous victories by the ACLJ in 2019. The ACLJ vigilantly defends Christians from sickening, unjust religious persecution around the globe. This year, through our international affiliate, the European...

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Turkey’s Persecution of Christians and Other Minorities

By Wesley Smith1573229132292

Last week I wrote about the atrocities committed by Turkey as it continues its invasion of northeastern Syria and its failure to keep the terms of the supposed ceasefire they pledged to the United States and the world. While Turkish and Russian troops in armored vehicles—purportedly to keep the...

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Pakistan Office Starts an Outreach Campaign for Christians

By Shaheryar Gill1572969489134

The ACLJ’s affiliate, European Centre for Law and Justice’s (ECLJ) office in Pakistan, the Organization for Legal Aid (OLA), has started an Outreach and Awareness Campaign to reach out to the marginalized and poor Christian communities in Lahore and its surrounding rural areas. Our goal is to reach...

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Wrongfully Imprisoned Pastor Youcef Ends Hunger Strike

By CeCe Heil1572464503526

Wrongfully imprisoned Christian Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani has reportedly ended his three-week-long hunger strike in an Iranian prison. He was “protesting the regime's prohibition on his children’s ability to complete their education because they refuse to study Islam.” Pastor Youcef’s son Youeil was...

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American Pastor Attending Conference in India Arrested

By CeCe Heil1572291733112

Pastor Bryan Nerren is a Christian Pastor in Tennessee. He is a loving husband, father, and grandfather, who also has a compassionate heart for others. He heads up the non-profit ministry Asian Children’s Education Fellowship, which has been training Sunday School teachers in India and Nepal for 17...

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Release American Pastor Bryan Nerren to Come Home

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American Pastor Bryan Nerren – a U.S. citizen – has been arrested and detained in India because of his Christian faith. After more than 17 years ministering to the people of Nepal and India –

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U.N. Working Group Urges China to Release Pastor Cao

By CeCe Heil1571841096275

In a major development in the case of imprisoned Christian Pastor John Cao – a U.S. Legal Permanent Resident – the United Nation’s Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (WGAD) has just released its opinion regarding his wrongful arrest and imprisonment. The opinion states: [T]aking into account all...

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More Boko Haram and Jihadist Violence Against Christians

By CeCe Heil1571255155316

Nigerian Christians face persecution all the time. They are ripped away from their families and killed. Their lives are truly in peril every day. We’ve been sharing with you the story of Leah Sharibu, a Christian teen kidnapped by Boko Haram. She was one of 110 Nigerian girls kidnapped in February...

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