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Persecution mounting

International | A new report finds increasing worldwide oppression of Christians, especially women
by Julia A. Seymour
Posted 1/22/19, 03:20 pm

Authoritarianism, religious nationalism, and spreading Islamic extremism fueled the unprecedented growth of persecution against Christians last year, according to a new report from Open Doors. The organization released its annual World Watch List on Wednesday.

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North Korea heads World Watch List

International | The rise in persecution affects 1 in 9 Christians globally
by Mindy Belz
Posted 1/18/19, 06:35 pm

GLOBAL: The 2019 Open Doors World Watch List reports 1 in 9 Christians across 73 countries face severe persecution, compared to a year ago when 1 in 12 faced such challenges in 58 countries. North Korea again tops the list of most dangerous countries for Christians, with significant upticks in persecution in China, Nigeria, and elsewhere.

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The fight for Chinese rights

Persecution | A network of lawyers in China has led a bold effort to enforce the rule of law, but Communist opposition is formidable
by June Cheng
Posted 1/17/19, 02:59 pm

For three years after her husband’s disappearance, Li Wenzu had no idea where he was or whether he was even alive. Wang Quanzhang, a 42-year-old Chinese human rights lawyer who had represented political dissidents and the victims of land grabs, first went missing during a 2015 crackdown, when Communist agents detained more than 320 lawyers and activists. 

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