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  • CAR: attacks

    Barnabas Fund

    At least 50 people were killed in April in separate attacks on three Christian communities, with eyewitnesses stating that Islamist militia ‘fired indiscriminately on the inhabitants’.

    Despite the presence of a UN peacekeeping force, Christians experience violent attacks from the Islamist Seleka, who are refusing to accept the result of the 2016 elections where a Christian was elected as president. Reprisals by ‘anti-balaka’ armed groups – who mislead-ingly call themselves Christians despite their actions being condemned by church leaders – mean that many believers still live in danger.

  • China: release

    Christian Solidarity Worldwide

    Chinese human rights lawyer and Christian, Li Heping was released and returned home to his family after almost two years in incommunicado detention, it was reported on 10 May.

    Li is one of the most prominent lawyers detained in the crackdown by the Chinese authorities on human rights lawyers and activists, which began in July 2015. Over 300 lawyers, human rights defenders and their colleagues and family members were detained interrogated, detained or imprisoned in what is known as the ‘709 crackdown’.