On 10 June, Baku Appeal Court rejected arguments that letters given to a Christian fired from his workplace were illegal.
Former parliamentary staffer Rahim Akhundov said he was fired in December 2018 on secret police orders because he is a Christian. Courts said he could not appeal earlier as Parliament sent the letter nine months late. He will appeal to the Supreme Court when he receives the written appeal rejection.
Persecution concerns mounted as China completed a genetic map of the entire male population, it was reported in June.
Chinese police collected mandatory blood samples from 70 million men and boys, 10% of all males, to build a DNA Skynet of the country’s 700million males, raising fresh persecution concerns for Christians and other marginalised groups. Only 5–10% of the male population needs to be sampled in order to build a complete genetic map. US company, Thermo Fisher, supplied Chinese police with tailor-made genetic testing kits for the vast programme.
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