Licences were granted to 70 churches in Egypt on 19 May, as the work on behalf of the committee overseeing the process continued during the coronavirus lockdown.
The committee’s approval of this 16th batch of licences brings the number of churches granted official recognition to 1,638 out of the original 3,730 that applied for registration. A total of 2,092 churches are still waiting to be granted licences under the Law for Building and Restoring Churches, introduced in September 2016.
Eritrea: online protests
Christian Solidarity Worldwide
An online protest was launched on 28 May against the continuing repression of freedom of religion or belief in Eritrea.
The annual protest usually takes place outside the Eritrean embassy in London, but took place online in light of lockdown restrictions in the UK. The event was hosted by Christian Solidarity Worldwide, Church in Chains (Ireland), the Eritrean Orthodox Church in the UK, Human Rights Concern – Eritrea, and Release Eritrea. It included a one-hour prayer service and contributions from special guests including Lord Alton.
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