Update- Decision Stalled on Iranian Pastor Sentenced to Death
Yousef Nadarkhani, who was sentenced to death in September 2010 after a court of appeals in Iran found him guilty of leaving Islam and has been in prison since October 2009, has been told not to expect any movement on his case for another year.
Arrested: February 2009
Since 2005, Gao has been repeatedly arrested, imprisoned and severely tortured by Chinese authorities, mostly for his human rights work. In 2006, he and a group of prominent human rights lawyers created the Association of Human Rights Attorneys for Chinese Christians. That same year, Gao was sentenced to five years of probation for inciting "subversion of the state." After serving three years in prison, Gao was supposedly released on probation but he disappeared for extended periods of time.More Info...
North Korea Announces Release of Prisoners
North Korea has announced the amnesty of prisoners to commemorate the deceased leaders Kim Il-Sung and Kim Jong-Il. This year, 2012, marks the centenary of the first Kim, who died in 1994, and the 70th birth anniversary of his son, who passed away in December. Starting on February, 1 an unknown number of prisoners will be released.
Algeria Stalls Appeal of Convicted Christian: A judges decision in December, to postpone the appeal of a Christian sentenced under Algerias defamation and anti-proselytizing laws, shows how the judicial system keeps Christians in limbo. Experts believe that Algerian courts customarily prefer to defer deciding in favor of Christians so as not to aggravate local Muslim sentiments. In May of this year, Abdelkrim Siaghi was imprisoned for five years on charges of insulting Muhammad and Proselytism for giving a Muslim a CD about Christianity. Last year Open Doors' supporters contacted Algerian authorities on behalf of Siaghi and we continue to closely moniter his case. Read more>>
This post was modified from its original form on 25 Jan, 5:11
Daughter of the Most High
The heroic testimony of an Iranian woman's journey from prostitution to redemption and imprisonment to freedom. After finding Christ with the help of a loving Christian family, Farrin and her husband were thrown into prison, where they ministered to the suffering until their release.
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Asia's husband and a VOM worker had the opportunity to visit Asia in late January, and they brought back this report. Asia had a "smiley face, full of joy and thanksgiving."
Asia told them, "I am praying every day. I am strong in my faith. I know that this is the test of my faith and I know to make gold, it must be purified... I am strong in my faith, and I know that God will release me."
Asia also said she is not worried for herself, but she is worried about the safety those helping her. "I don't know the names, but I know the people from USA are helping me; I pray for them also."
Read more of the interview at www.persecution.com. Will you pray for Asia to be released today?
During a recent police raid on the homes of Shokir Rahmatullayev and Lyudmila Suvorova, members of a local Protestant church, Uzbek authorities confiscated Christian literature and other materials and arrested the two believers, along with fellow Christian Dmitri Inyushev. The three are now being charged on two counts; the "illegal production, storage, or import into Uzbekistan with a purpose to distribute religious materials by physical persons," and proselytism and "other missionary activity." The charges could result in confiscation of the religious materials along with the relevant means of producing and distributing them, administrative arrest for up to 15 days, and a fine of 50-150 times the minimum monthly wage.
Nearly 18 months after his August 2010 arrest, Protestant pastor Ilmurad Nurliev was among a group of about 230 prisoners freed under amnesty on Feb. 18 from a labor camp. His wife, Maya, along with other family members, met the special train carrying amnestied prisoners.
The 46-year-old Nurliev, who is married with a daughter and two grandchildren, leads Light to the World Protestant Church in Mary.
While in prison, the pastor was shown some of the letters that he was sent, but he was not allowed to have them. He thanked those who had written. "They showed me I was not forgotten." He also thanked those who supported him.