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Nigeria: Student stoned and burned to death in Sokoto

The international charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) is deeply troubled by the terrible murder of Deborah Yakubu, a Christian student who was stoned and then burned at the Shehu Shagari College of Education in Sokoto, northern Nigeria. “ACN decries this most recent act of violence. The levels of extremism and violence reached […]

Pakistan: They spent eight years on death row after being falsely accused of blasphemy

In July 2013, Shagufta and Shafqat Emmanuel, a Catholic couple in Mian Channu, a small town 250 kilometres  south of Lahore, Pakistan, were arrested on false charges of blasphemy. After eight years on death row, separated from each other and from their four children, they were finally released on June 3, 2021, by the Lahore […]

August 22: International Day Commemorating the Victims of Acts of Violence Based on Religion or Belief

Pakistan: “The lives of victims accused of blasphemy are forever threatened and many have been killed.” In 2019 the UN General Assembly proclaimed August 22 as the International Day Commemorating the Victims of Acts of Violence Based on Religion or Belief. According to the report “Religious Freedom in the World” by the international charity Aid […]

ACN Feature Story: Pakistan, an overview of persecution and the blasphemy laws

Pakistan, an overview of persecution and the blasphemy laws Pakistan. A country where the Christian minority experiences terrible persecution and discrimination, simply because of their faith. One tool of discrimination used against Christians or other minorities is the “Blasphemy Law”.  In 1986, the so-called blasphemy law was enacted in Pakistan. In principle, the law protects […]

ACN Interview – Interreligious dialogue in Pakistan

Pakistan Grand Imam and Dominican Unite Against Christian Persecution in Pakistan With persecution against Christians rife as the result of radicals and militants,  the Grand Imam of Pakistan’s second largest mosque, Badshahi Mosque in Lahore,  Imam Syed Muhammad  Abdul Khabir Azad, and a Dominican priest, Father James Channan OP, are working together to protect the […]