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Pressures on Christian Refugees Continue in Sweden

September 1, 2016, Sweden

Refugees who have converted from Islam to Christianity report beatings, threats, bullying, and social exclusion in refugee accommodations.

Exclusion (of individuals or ideas) Freedom of Religion Insult or Incitement

Albanians Threaten to Burn Serbs and their Churches

August 28, 2016, Kosovo

Attempts by Serbs to mark the religious holiday of Assumption in several towns in Kosovo and Metohija were met with road blocks, threats of burning, rocks, tear gas, and an attack on the car of the deputy director of the Office for Kosovo and Metohija Dusan Kozarev.

Freedom of Association and Assembly Freedom of Religion Hate Incident

Nice Deputy Mayor Confirms "Burkini Ban" Also Applies to Nuns' Habits on Beaches

August 26, 2016, France

Rudy Salles defended the ban of the "Burkini" and said that the same ban would apply to Catholic nuns wearing habits on Nice beaches.

Exclusion (of individuals or ideas) Freedom of Expression Freedom of Religion

U.S. Baptist Minister Arrested, Convicted Under Missionary Activity Law

August 14, 2016, Russia

Donald Ossewaarde was arrested on August 14th as he conducted a bible study group in his home. He is first foreign missionary to be charged with violating Russia's law banning missionary activity outside officially registered church buildings.

Access to Justice and Legal Services Freedom of Association and Assembly Freedom of Religion

Mass of the Assumption Banned by Authorities

August 11, 2016, Turkey

After 88 years of closure, the Panagia Sumela Monastery in Trabzon, was reopened in June 2010 and since then, the Turkish authorities had given a license for a yearly Mass to the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople to celebrate the Mass of the Assumption. This year, the authorization was administratively revoked.

Exclusion (of individuals or ideas) Freedom of Religion

Town Council to Remove Cross from Public Square

August 11, 2016, Spain

The Callosa de Segura town council voted to remove the cross in the plaza of the church of San Martin. Christian legal groups objected, noting that its presence poses no threat to anyone and that it is part of the town's historical and cultural heritage.

Freedom of Expression Freedom of Religion Intolerance towards Religious Symbols

Pastor and Politician Report Abuse of Christian Refugees in Frankfurt

August 8, 2016, Germany

During a press conference with Bundestag member Erika Steinbach, Pastor Mahin Mousapour said Christians staying at migrant shelters are being told that they are impure and that they deserve to die for rejecting Islam.

Exclusion (of individuals or ideas) Freedom of Religion Hate Incident Intolerance towards Religious Symbols

Christians Forced to Flee Refugee Housing in Schloss Holte-Stukenbrock

August 4, 2016, Germany

Fourteen young Christian Iranians fled their accommodations after being threatened with death for months by a group of Muslims living in the tent city.

Freedom of Religion Hate Crime Hate Incident Insult or Incitement

Anarchist Protesters Disrupt Divine Liturgy

July 31, 2016, Greece

A group of about 25 people burst into the church of Saint Gregory Palamas in Thessaloniki, disrupting the Divine Liturgy (Eucharistic service of the Byzantine Rite) throwing leaflets protesting against the expulsion of refugees and migrants. The protesters clashed with those present in the church. Riot police made more than ​​twenty arrests.

Freedom of Religion Insult or Incitement

Department Store Fires Catholic for His Faith

July 21, 2016, United States

Macy’s department store in New York fired a Catholic employee because he questioned their transgender bathroom policy, even though he told his employer he would enforce the policy.

Exclusion (of individuals or ideas) Freedom of Conscience Freedom of Religion

German Bishops Conference and Protestant Evangelical Church in Germany Issue Joint Statement

July 12, 2016, Germany

Cardinal Marx, chair of German Bishops' Conference and Bishop Heinrich Bedford-Strohm, head of the Protestant Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD), united to condemn the attacks on Christians and other religious minorities in camps.

Exclusion (of individuals or ideas) Freedom of Religion Hate Crime Hate Incident

Religion Classes in Belgium to be Replaced with Citizenship Classes

July 7, 2016, Belgium

The country's religious education classes in French-speaking primary and secondary schools will be cut in half in October 2016 and replaced with a weekly hour of citizenship classes, over the objection of students and teachers.

Exclusion (of individuals or ideas) Freedom of Religion

Russia's Anti-Terrorism Law Restricts Missionary Activities

July 7, 2016, Russia

The new law bans preaching, praying, proselytizing, and disseminating religious materials outside of officially-designated sites, and authorizes fines for these activities conducted in private residences or distributed through mass print, broadcast or online media.

Exclusion (of individuals or ideas) Freedom of Association and Assembly Freedom of Expression Freedom of Religion

Belgian Nursing Home Fined €6,000 for Refusing to Allow Euthanasia on Premises

June 30, 2016, Belgium

Judges in Belgium fined a Catholic nursing home after it prevented doctors from giving a lethal injection to a 74-year-old lung cancer sufferer on its premises.

Freedom of Conscience Freedom of Religion

Lay Association Calls for Mayor's Resignation for Assisting in Catholic Blessing

June 29, 2016, Spain

The president of Asturias Laica, Jose Luis Iglesias, has formally requested that the Mayor of Gijon, Carmen Moriyón, resign from office for assisting in the Catholic ritual of the blessing of the waters in the feast of San Pedro, the city’s patron saint, which was celebrated on June 29.

Exclusion (of individuals or ideas) Freedom of Association and Assembly Freedom of Expression Freedom of Religion

Christian Convert Attacked at Asylum Home in Halbe

June 25, 2016, Germany

Two young Afghan men severely attacked a woman from Iran because she converted from Islam to Christianity, according to police.

Freedom of Religion Hate Crime

Church of England Accused of Discrimination

June 16, 2016, United Kingdom

The Church of England has been accused of discriminating against a lesbian couple by refusing to conduct their wedding.

Freedom of Conscience Freedom of Religion

Christian Converts in Hamburg Threatened

June 14, 2016, Germany

Security guards at refugee camps in Hamburg have reportedly told the Christian residents to keep their faith a secret, claiming they cannot protect them if their secret is revealed.

Exclusion (of individuals or ideas) Freedom of Religion Insult or Incitement

Christian Refugees Attacked by Muslims during Ramadan

June 12, 2016, Germany

A Christian refugee family of four was attacked by Muslims in their shared refugee accommodations for not participating in Ramadan. The family members were taken to a hospital in Seligenstadt due to their injuries. The mother and two sons were attacked with chairs and one of the sons was struck in the arms with a sharp object. The father suffered from arrhythmia due to the attack. During the attack the radical Muslims stated "Let us kill the unbelieving Christians, punish!" ("Lasst uns die ungläubigen Christen abschlachten, bestrafen!"). Police were able to intervene and the Christian family has been moved to a different refugee accommodation.

Freedom of Religion Hate Crime

Holy See Urges OSCE and Council of Europe to Pay Attention to Discrimination Against Christians

June 9, 2016, European Institutions (EU, ECHR, et.al.)

The Holy See’s Permanent Representative to UN offices in Vienna, Msgr. Janusz Urbanczyk, has urged the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and the Council of Europe to pay greater attention to discrimination against Europe’s Christians.

Exclusion (of individuals or ideas) Freedom of Religion Hate Incident

Christian Refugees in Austria Harassed and Threatened

June 5, 2016, Austria

Christian refugees in various accommodation centers in Austria endured abuse at the hands of Muslim fellow refugees, including being forced to wake early in the morning to pray, being told they were impure, having belongings stolen, and instances of physical violence.

Freedom of Religion Hate Incident Insult or Incitement Intolerance towards Religious Symbols

European Court of Human Rights Finds Turkey Interfered with Freedom of Religion

May 24, 2016, Turkey

The case concerned the inability of Mersin and Izmir Jehovah's Witnesses in Turkey to obtain an appropriate place to engage in worship due to restrictive laws. The ECtHR held that such restrictions amounted to a direct interference with their freedom of religion.

Freedom of Association and Assembly Freedom of Religion

Christian Refugees Face Discrimination in Austria

May 13, 2016, Austria

According to the NGO "Christian Solidarity International" (CSI), Christian refugees are being repeatedly discriminated against in Austrian refugee centers.

Exclusion (of individuals or ideas) Freedom of Religion Insult or Incitement

Turkey Seizes Six Churches as State Property

April 6, 2016, Turkey

In the region of Diyarbakir, the Turkish government seized huge sections of property, including six churches. One of these is a 1,700 year old Syriac Orthodox Church.

Freedom of Association and Assembly Freedom of Religion

Christians Harassed by Muslim Security Staff at Berlin Office for Health and Social Affairs

March 2, 2016, Germany

Muslim refugees at the regional office complained about having to sit in the waiting room with "impure Christians". Security staff responded by banning the Christians for six months.

Access to Justice and Legal Services Freedom of Religion Hate Incident Insult or Incitement

Iranian Christians Kicked Out of Refugee Home After Being Attacked

February 14, 2016, Germany

Six Iranian Christian refugees were told by a security employee of the Tempelhof accommodation that they had an hour to leave because they were trouble-makers. Just days earlier, these six men had been threatened with beatings by 70 radical Muslim refugees for reading the Bible.

Access to Justice and Legal Services Exclusion (of individuals or ideas) Freedom of Religion Hate Crime Hate Incident Insult or Incitement

UPDATE: Afghan Asylum Seeker Indicted for Attempted Homicide

February 10, 2016, Germany

The Hamburg prosecutor has indicted a 23-year-old Afghan asylum seeker Mohebolla A. He is said to have attacked and seriously injured a 24-year-old Amir H., an Iranian Christian, with a telescopic baton on 18 October in a shelter.

Freedom of Religion Hate Crime Insult or Incitement

Separate Housing for Christian Refugees in Stuttgart Approved

February 10, 2016, Germany

Due to frequent reports of abuse, harassment, and assaults against Christian refugees at the hands of their Muslim co-habitatants, the City of Stuttgart has approved new, separate, accommodations.

Freedom of Religion Hate Incident Insult or Incitement

Christian Refugee Attacked in Berlin Camp

February 3, 2016, Germany

A member of the Trinity Lutheran Church in Berlin-Stegliz was attacked because of his Christian faith in the refugee camp where he lives.

Freedom of Religion Hate Crime Hate Incident Insult or Incitement Intolerance towards Religious Symbols

Church and Mosque Destroyed in Calais "Jungle"

February 1, 2016, France

Despite promises to the contrary, officials from the Calais Prefecture bulldozed a church and a mosque in the refugee camp.

Freedom of Association and Assembly Freedom of Religion

Bullied Christian Refugees Demand Separate Accommodations

January 20, 2016, Germany

Assyrian refugees hope to be housed apart from Muslims in the future camp near Stuttgart due to conflicts and threats.

Freedom of Expression Freedom of Religion Insult or Incitement

German Pastor Warns of Dire Situation for Christians in Refugee Camps

January 18, 2016, Germany

“The situation in refugee camps, especially in Berlin is very dramatic”, said Pastor Gottfried Martens of the Trinity Lutheran Church in Berlin. Around 1.000 refugees from Iran, Afghanistan and the Arabic world visit his community.

Freedom of Religion Hate Crime Hate Incident Insult or Incitement

French Pastor Reported Murder of Christian Refugee at Camp Near Dunkirk

January 18, 2016, France

In a series of emails to a French blog, Pastor Daniel O. described the beatings, stabbings, disappearance, and presumed murder of an Iranian Christian at the Grande-Synthe refugee camp.

Freedom of Religion Hate Crime Hate Incident Insult or Incitement

Orthodox Priest Reports Harassment of Christians in Refugee Camps

January 11, 2016, Germany

Christian refugees are exposed to harassment at the refugee camps in Germany, says Hegumen Daniel (Irbits) father superior of the St. George the Victorious Monastery in Gotschendorf, member of the Integration Committee at the German Federal Chancellery.

Freedom of Religion Hate Crime Hate Incident Insult or Incitement

Refugee's Life Threatened After He Revealed Conversion to Christianity

January 1, 2016, Germany

A 19-year-old man told another refugee (18) that he was no longer a Muslim, but had become a Christian. The 18-year-old responded: "Then I will cut your throat. For this, I do not even need permission from IS. "

Freedom of Expression Freedom of Religion Hate Crime Hate Incident Insult or Incitement

Norway Begins Adoption Process for 5 Children Seized From Christian Parents

December 31, 2015, Norway

Norwegian child services have begun the adoption process for five children who were seized from a Romanian Pentecostal family in November after concerns were expressed about the parents' Christian faith, the family says.

Freedom of Religion Rights of Parents

New Year's Eve Mass at Cologne Cathedral Deliberately Disrupted

December 31, 2015, Germany

The shelling of the Cologne Cathedral with fireworks and firecrackers on New Year's evening between 6:30 and 7:45 pm was a targeted disruption of the service.

Freedom of Religion Insult or Incitement Intolerance towards Religious Symbols

Knife Attack and Murder in Grande Synthe Camp

December 14, 2015, France

According to Open Doors France, police are investigating a knife attack by Iraqi migrants against Christian refugees which left several wounded and one 19-year-old man dead.

Freedom of Religion Hate Crime

Proposed UK School Regulations May Put Christian Sunday Schools and Summer Camps at Risk

December 13, 2015, United Kingdom

Plans for Ofsted to regulate out-of-school settings could burden churches, discourage volunteers and cause unnecessary distress to children, a Conservative MP has warned.

Freedom of Association and Assembly Freedom of Religion

Christians Attacked by Guards in Refugee Camps

December 10, 2015, Germany

At the end of November five Muslim security employees beat two refugees from Iran for having a bible in their room.

Freedom of Religion Hate Crime Hate Incident Insult or Incitement

Syrian Arrested on Suspicion of Beating and Threatening 16 Year Old

December 3, 2015, Sweden

A 26-year-old Syrian, known as "N.N.," was arrested on suspicion of beating and threatening a 16-year-old at an asylum house in Borgholm.

Freedom of Religion Hate Crime Hate Incident Insult or Incitement

Archbishop Disinvited from Elementary School Pre-Christmas Visit

December 2, 2015, Italy

School officials point to respect for the "multicultural character" of their student body as the reason.

Freedom of Expression Freedom of Religion Intolerance towards Religious Symbols

Christian Refugees are Subjected to Violence and Harassment

November 30, 2015, Germany

Violent acts are not only committed by other asylum seekers, but in some cases by security personnel, as well.

Freedom of Religion Hate Crime Hate Incident Insult or Incitement

Lord's Prayer Advertisement Produced by JustPray.uk Banned in Cinemas

November 23, 2015, United Kingdom

The advertisement shows the Lord’s Prayer being recited by a members of the public ranging from bodybuilders to children.

Freedom of Expression Freedom of Religion

City Reduces Funding for Holy Week and Refuses to Fund to Corpus Christi

November 23, 2015, Spain

The Department of Culture in Palma de Mallorca has reduced municipal funding for events during the week leading up to Easter (known as “Holy Week” or “Semana Santa”, famous for grand processions) to just 3.000 euros, and has not allocated any funding to the important Catholic feast of Corpus Christi (known simply as “Corpus”).

Exclusion (of individuals or ideas) Freedom of Association and Assembly Freedom of Expression Freedom of Religion Intolerance towards Religious Symbols

Chinese Karaoke will Ring in a Secular Christmas in Madrid

November 20, 2015, Spain

The mayor of Madrid announced plans for the city’s commemoration of the Christian holiday, including Greek dancing and Arabic food tasting, among other programming activities.

Exclusion (of individuals or ideas) Freedom of Religion Intolerance towards Religious Symbols

Norway's Child Welfare Services Removes Five Children from a Pentecostal Christian Couple

November 16, 2015, Norway

According to a petition in support of the family which has attracted more than 22,600 signatures, the couple have been charged with "Christian radicalism and indoctrination".

Freedom of Religion Rights of Parents

Sweden Seeks to Deport Pakistani Christian Convert

October 22, 2015, Sweden

The Swedish Migration Board issued a deportation order against Faisel Javaid, concluding that Christians from Pakistan do not need protection because they can just keep their faith a secret.

Freedom of Religion

Christian Convert Attacked in German Refugee Camp

October 20, 2015, Germany

A 24-year-old Iranian was beaten with a baton by an Afghan man, who allegedly declared that it was not a sin to kill him, according to police. This attack is now being called attempted homicide by prosecutors.

Freedom of Religion Hate Crime Hate Incident Insult or Incitement

Christian Converts Harassed at Swedish Asylum Center

October 20, 2015, Sweden

A Pakistani couple had to leave the shelter in Western Sweden where they were staying after harassment by some of the Muslims in the housing ended with the husband's name sprayed on a wall near their room calling for his death.

Exclusion (of individuals or ideas) Freedom of Religion Hate Incident Vandalism (form of hate crime)