Iran: Annual Report on Rights Violations Released

Middle East Concern, in collaboration with Open Doors International, Article 18 and CSW has released the 2018 report on violations of the rights of Christians in Iran. During 2018, the Iranian Christian community, along with other religious minorities, continued to... read more

Iraq: Christians facing intimidation

Christians in Iraq request prayer following two shooting incidents outside churches in the villages of Bartella and Qaraqosh, in the first week of December 2018. On 1 December, several cars parked in front of the Syrian Catholic “St George” church in Bartella. They... read more

Algeria: Update on Christians acquitted of charges

Christians in Algeria ask for prayer for five Christians recently acquitted of proselytism and blasphemy charges. On 26 December 2018, MEC reported that four Christians from Muslim backgrounds, including three from the same family, were acquitted of proselytism... read more

Algeria: Christians acquitted on all charges

At the end of November MEC requested prayer for four Christians, including three from the same family, who were to appear in court on 25 December in Province of Bouira, in the Kabylie region. At that court hearing, all charges against the Christian defendants were... read more

Iran: Christian couple arrested in Mashhad

Iranian Christians request prayer for a Christian family following a raid on their home in Mashhad, north-east Iran. On 6 December 2018, several intelligence agents raided the home of Amir Taleipour (39) and his wife Mahnaz Harati (36). They proceeded to arrest Amir... read more

Iran: Four Christian Converts Detained

Iranian Christians request prayer for four Iranian Christian converts who have been detained in Ahvaz since 2 December. About thirteen plain-clothed Revolutionary Guards conducted raids on four homes on the morning of 2 December, arresting Shima Zanganeh (27),... read more

Algeria: Closed Bookshop Near Oran Reopened by Court Verdict

Algerian Christians are rejoicing after a court decision that allows a bookshop managed by a Christian to reopen. In November 2017, a church and bookshop in Ain Turk, near Oran, were closed by government authorities. In June 2018 the church was reopened but the... read more

Palestine: Travel permits refused for most Gazan Christians

Christians in Gaza request prayer that permits will be granted for them to travel to the West Bank to visit friends and relatives over the Christmas holidays. All inhabitants of Gaza, one of the most densely populated places on Earth, face severe travel restrictions... read more

Algeria: Update on Christians facing proselytism charges

In recent weeks MEC has requested prayer for four Christians, including three from the same family, who were to appear in court on 6 November in Province of Bouira, in the Kabylie region. The hearing was postponed to 27 November. At that hearing, the court listened to... read more

Algeria: Court Order to Close Church

Algerian Christians ask for renewed prayer as they face an ongoing and systematic campaign of legal pressure by the authorities. On 14 November a court ordered the closure of the church in Aït Djemaa, 35 km south of Tizi Ouzou in the district of Ait Bouadou. The order... read more