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anonymous THE HALL OF SHAME! February 04, 2009 9:44 AM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
ICC's Hall of Shame Awards
The World's Top Ten Persecutors of Christians
 
 We request that you reference ICC (International Christian Concern) and include our web address www.persecution.org. Contact Jeremy Sewall, Advocacy Director, 1-800-ICC (422)-5441, icc@persecution.org.
 
(February 4, 2009) The Washington-DC based human rights group, International Christian Concern (ICC) www.persecution.org has just released its annual Hall of Shame Awards. The Hall of Shame is a list of the world's top ten persecutors of Christians.
 
This report calls attention to the high level of Christian persecution in many Islamic countries and also highlights the year's worst anti-Christian violence, which began in Orissa, India in August and has yet to be resolved. In addition, it reveals the massive effort undertaken by the Chinese government to silence underground church activities during the 2008 Olympics.
 
In keeping with ICC's mission to raise awareness of Christian persecution, our website, persecution.org, is updated daily with the latest reports of anti-Christian violence from web sources and ICC correspondents. Consequently, persecution.org is the only website where this kind of information is warehoused in such a comprehensive manner. The Hall of Shame list is an attempt to compile and analyze these news reports from the ten countries where Christian persecution has been most severe in 2008.
 
ICC's Advocacy Director, Jeremy Sewall, said, "This report reminds us of the need for constant vigilance in the struggle to defend the fundamental human right of religious freedom. It is especially overwhelming to consider that this report only reveals the tip of the iceberg. Instead of allowing religious persecution to be swept under the rug, we call on journalists and all concerned individuals to help shine the light on persecution in 2009."
 
In order, ICC has ranked the world's worst persecutors for 2008 as: North Korea, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, India, China, Pakistan, Iran, Eritrea, and Vietnam.
 
The report is in PDF format, and can be found on the ICC website www.persecution.org, or it can be accessed directly at Hall of Shame 2009 (http://persecution.org/suffering/pdfs/ICC_Hall_of_Shame_2009.pdf).
 
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 May 14, 2010 3:52 PM

Dear Donna Matthews,
 
Burma is a country that has lived under a brutal regime which uses torture, rape and extrajudicial killings to enforce its rule. Its Christians have long been persecuted through these means. This year the military regime will be holding a highly corrupt election to justify its rule. The main opposition party, which won a landslide victory in 1990 and was immediately outlawed, has announced it will not participate. This party, the National League for Democracy (NLD), has Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi as its leader. She is currently imprisoned in Rangoon, Burma.
 
Burma is at a crucial junction where the world is watching to see how this election will play out. Recently when the NLD was outlawed from running in the election, another opposition party was formed, the National Democratic Force. However, even this new party acknowledges that unless something unexpected happens the military regime will not release power.
  
Please pray:
 
-          That the military rulers would not be able to continue repressing the Burmese people and waging a war against the ethnic and religious minorities. That international pressure would be felt by them and their hearts would soften toward their people.
 
-         That the continued scorched-earth policy toward the ethnic and religious minorities will stop. Christians throughout Burma have been subject to the harshest persecution. 
 
-         That international attention would force transparency in this situation. A special investigation into Burma is being considered by the UN, which could lead to intervention.
  
Learn more:
  
-          Watch the Oscar-nominated documentary Burma VJ,(currently available in the US only on YouTube).
 
-          Vote to assist underground reporting in Burma by clicking this link, and then clicking "Vote" next to Democratic Voice of Burma.
 
-          See information of ICC's recent trip to visit the persecuted in Burma at http://iccfieldnotes.blogspot.com
 
 
 
 
Sincerely in Christ,
 
Logan Maurer
 
Regional Manager, SE Asia
International Christian Concern
P.O. Box 8056
Silver Spring, MD 20907
Phone: (800) ICC-5441
Fax: (301) 585-5918
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