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Pakistani Christian aquitted of Blasphemy charges

Attorney Aneeqa Maria, chief of The Voice Society, who pled the case of Pervaiz Masih released facts about his freedom from blasphemy charges in a statement shared with Pakistan Christian Post.

Pakistani Christian Pervaiz Masih, of Garhewala District Kasur, was accused of blasphemy on September 1st 2015. After 20 days of the submitting an appeal of innocence, he was granted bail. This case was different as rarely is bail ever granted to the accused. From start to finish, his trial took three years to be concluded.

Pervaiz Masih and his family suffered much even the loss od their three year old daughter. The statement claimed that Masih’s accusers murdered his little girl by drowning her in a well and later declared to have committed the murder to punish Pervaiz and his family for uttering derogatory remarks about their Prophet.

The report claims Pervaiz’s wife was tortured and received severe injuries while police interrogated her about her husband. Her bones were broken and she lost the ability to walk or stand straight. Pervaiz and his family were forced to stay in hiding during the 3 years after the blasphemy accusation.

The Honorable Court of Mr. Ejaz Ahmad Bosal accepted the application of acquittal filed by the Voice’s legal panel. However, he also gave a second chance to the complainants to re-open the case whenever they wish to do so. The Voice Society chief shared,

“For now, I am happy that he is free from his allegations, and if the complaints do not go for appeal against his acquittal he will always be free legally. But still he is a blasphemer and this allegation will follow his fate and it will be hard and challenging for him to survive this allegation.

People thought that after Asia’s release the situation will be different, or the attitude of the courts will be different. But I cannot find any difference in any sort of attitude. The things are the same as they were before, Pervaiz is released in three years because there was no evidence, and his case was pursued seriously.”

She thanked those who supported the case with their prayers and concerns. “I must say that it is because of their prayers that The Voice have got this opportunity to thank God and rejoice in him. Thank you for supporting this cause with your prayers.”

VOP Note: We rejoice with the news of this brother’s release. Please pray for his family, justice for those accused of blasphemy, the abolishment of the blasphemy law and protection for our brothers and sisters in Pakistan.

Photo: Pakistan Christian Post

ISIS Release 43 Assyrian Hostages in Syria

Bishop Aprim stands with the Assyrians released by ISIS.

Bishop Aprim stands with the Assyrians released by ISIS.

(AINA) — ISIS today released 43 Assyrian hostages in Syria who were captured captured on February 23 when ISIS attacked the 35 Assyrian villages on the Khabur river in the Hasaka province. According to the Assyrian Church of the East, there are no more Assyrians from Khabur being held by ISIS. However, ISIS is still holding 179 Assyrians it captured in the town of Qaryatain on August 6, 2015

ISIS Release 22 Assyrian Hostages in Syria

Bishop Aprim with the Assyrian hostages from Khabur who were released today by ISIS. Photo: AINA

Bishop Aprim with the Assyrian hostages from Khabur who were released today by ISIS. Photo: AINA

(AINA) — ISIS today released 22 Assyrian hostages in Syria. 16 of the hostages were captured on February 23 when ISIS attacked the 35 Assyrian villages on the Khabur river in the Hasaka province. ISIS captured 253 in the initial attack and drove 3,000 Assyrians from their villages. The other 6 hostages who were released were captured in the town of Qaryatain on August 6, 2015, when ISIS captured the town (AINA 2015-08-07).

The group of released hostages was comprised of women and children.

ISIS executed three of the Khabur hostages on September 23 (AINA 2015-10-08). The number of Assyrians from Khabur still being held is now 73.

With the release of 6 Assyrians from Qaryatain ISIS is now holding 179 Assyrians from that town.

Related: Attacks on Assyrians in Syria By ISIS and Other Muslim Groups

ISIS has released Assyrians from Khabur on the following dates:

  • January 29, 2016: 16 released
  • January 14, 2016: 16 released
  • December 25: 25 released
  • December 9: 25 released
  • November 24: 10 released
  • November 7: 37 released
  • August 11: 22 released
  • June 16: Francois Sawa released
  • May 26: two elderly women released, Ramziyya Rehana (80) from Tel Jazira and Yoniyya Kanoon (70) from Tel Shamiran
  • March 3: Two Assyrians from Tel Shamiram were released, Yatroun Marko and his wife Wardiyya Yonan. Two Assyrians from Tel Goran were released, 6 year-old Mariana Mirza and her father’s aunt, Bobo Mirza.
  • March 1: 19 Assyrians Released, all from the village of Tel Goran

The Assyrian hostages from Qaryatain who were released today by ISIS. Photo:AINA

The Assyrian hostages from Qaryatain who were released today by ISIS. Photo:AINA

ISIS Has released Assyrians from Qaryatain on the following dates:

  • January 29, 2016: 6 released
  • October 14, 2016: 50 released
  • September 4, 2015: 15 released

The following are the names of the hostages released from Khabur:

  1. Sabina Hawil Youkhana
  2. Ramina Hawil Youkhana
  3. Lewis Hawil Youkhana
  4. Christine Joseph Lazar
  5. Bashara Joseph Lazar
  6. Katrine Joseph Lazar
  7. Peter Joseph Lazar
  8. Ilyan Saeed Youkhana
  9. AlmasSaeed Youkhana
  10. Lewis Saeed Youkhana
  11. Sargon Ninus Sarkis
  12. Yosip Ninus Sarkis
  13. Valentina Paulus Odisho
  14. Marganta Yushiya Adam
  15. Somer Shawil Elisha

Please pray for Christians in Syria.

PRAISE REPORT: Jihadists Release Syrian Priest, Father Murad!

Father Jacques Mourad with the Syriac Catholic Church abducted

Father Jacques Mourad with the Syriac Catholic Church released

(Agenzia Fides) – “We are grateful to the Lord and give praise to the merciful God for this gift. And we thank all the friends in the world who prayed for Jacques and for our monastic community, Christians, Muslims or others, even those who do not believe or believe otherwise, for their solidarity and sympathy”. This is what Fr. Jihad Youssef, Syrian monk of the monastic community of Deir Mar Musa tells Agenzia Fides who expresses his joy and gratitude and that of other monks and nuns of the community for the return to freedom of Syrian priest Jacques Murad [Mourad], who was also a member of the monastic community and the Prior of the Syrian Catholic monastery in Qaryatayn.
“We ask for the prayers and solidarity of every man and woman of good will for peace in Syria and around the world”, adds Fr. Jihad “and especially for all the people who have been abducted or have disappeared”.
Syrian priest Jacques Murad was released on Sunday 11 October, who since May 21, gunmen had kidnapped him from the Syrian Catholic monastery in Qaryatayn, 60 km south-east of Homs. According to news reported by local sources, the priest is physically well and yesterday celebrated Sunday mass in Zaydal, in the south-east of Homs.
Father Murad is part of the monastic community of Deir Mar Musa, founded by the Roman Jesuit Paolo Dall’Oglio, who disappeared in northern Syria on July 29, 2013 while he was in Raqqa, a stronghold of the .
The monastic settlement of Mar Elian, on the outskirts of Quaryatayn, had represented an oasis of peace and hospitality in the heart of a war zone. It was Father Jacques, along with a Sunni lawyer, who became mediators to ensure that the urban center of 35 thousand inhabitants were spared for long periods by fighting between the army and government anti-Assad militants. In the Monastery hundreds of refugees were welcomed, including more than a hundred children under ten years of age. Father Jacques and his friends had provided to find the necessary for their survival even by seeking the help of Muslim donors. Then, last August, the jihadists of the Islamic State took control of the area and devastated the monastery. During their offensive in the south-east of Homs, the jihadists also took hostage about 270 Christians and Muslims in the area of Qaryatayn. In recent days, a video was released on jihadist websites which shows a group of Christians in Qaryatayn while they participate in the meeting in which they had to sign a “payment contract” to continue living in their homes, in the territory controlled by the self-proclaimed Islamic State (Daesh) (See Fides 07/10/2015).
Photographic images of that meeting, which took place in a conference room in Qaryatayn, had been released already at the end of August. Both in the video and [photographic] images, Father Murad appears among the participants. (GV) (Agenzia Fides 12/10/2015)

Keep praying!

U.S. Senate unanimously votes in favor of a resolution to secure the release of Americans in Iran

The American government should not be rewarding Iran for it’s human rights abuses.

The U.S. Senate sent a strong message to Iran and the Obama Administration this afternoon by unanimously voting in favor of a resolution calling on the Obama Administration to, in the words of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, “use the tools it has in pursuit of what should be a bipartisan goal: securing the release of American citizens being held as hostages by the regime in Iran.”

Majority Leader McConnell continued when speaking in favor of the resolution:

One of those Americans, Saeed Abedini, has reportedly been held prisoner for what would appear to be the supposed ‘crime’ of attempting to build and operate an orphanage. Beaten, denied access to medical care, and locked away in solitary confinement — that’s apparently how the Iranian regime deals with those who dare to show love and compassion to others.

No American should find this acceptable. Just as no American should find it acceptable to unjustly imprison a reporter, or a grandson coming to see his grandmother.I think we can all agree that, at the very least, the American government should not be rewarding Iran for its disgraceful human-rights abuses — that we should not be granting Iran access to the funding it desires to further its nuclear weapons program and terrorist proxies while this exploitation continues.

So I call on every Senator to join us in standing up for human rights. Let’s pass Senator Risch’s legislation later this afternoon.

The resolution, sponsored by Senator James Risch of Idaho—the home state of Pastor Saeed Abedini and where his wife, Naghmeh, and two young children still live—shows that Congress has not forgotten about Pastor Saeed and the other Americans wrongfully imprisoned in Iran.

In light of the upcoming Senate review of any nuclear deal with Iran, today was an important statement that Senators are prioritizing the freedom of Pastor Saeed and the other U.S. citizens imprisoned in Iran.

These are the same U.S. Senators who will review and vote on any finalized nuclear deal reached with Iran.

As the United States and Iran return to the negotiating table this week, it is vitally important that our leaders, regardless of party, do all they can to secure the release of Saeed and the other Americans before any deal is finalized and approved by Congress.

Join the ACLJ as we thank Senator Risch and the other members of the U.S. Senate taking the lead to stand up for Saeed. Sign the latest petition demanding no deal with Iran without Pastor Saeed.

 

Thirty days to November 24 deadline for P5+1, Iran to reach final nuke deal. Can you #Pray2Minutes?

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Wendy Sherman, Under Secretary of State, U.S. Dept. of State, addressing CSIS symposium in Washington DC, October 23, 2014.

These next 30 days are very critical as there are indications that a deal might be reached between Iran, US, and the P5+1 which might include the fate of Saeed and other Americans being held in Iran.
Would you please join me in praying in the next few days not only for Saeed’s release, but also for the talks that are happening, for the leaders, and  that the Lord would be glorified through it?
Here is a link to an article about it:
“In the middle of a lengthy foreign policy speech at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) think-tank this week, Ms. Sherman indicated other ‘sideline’ or marginal issues could be decided too, including the fate of four Americans detained in Iran.”

Could you pray 2 minutes?

At a critical moment in Jesus’ life, he famously asked his closest friends, who had fallen asleep, “Could you not pray with Me one hour?” (Matthew chapter 26, verse 40.)  With approximately 30 days remaining to the Iran nuclear talks deadline, we are asking supporters of these 4 men: Robert ‘Bob’ Levinson, Amir Hekmati, Pastor Saeed Abedini and Jason Rezaian (a Washington Post reporter who was recently jailed), to #Pray2Minutes per day for their release.  That will be one hour over 30 days! If you can do more, please do.

But can you imagine the power of prayer if 1000’s or even a million persons would be united in prayer over this one thing? Freedom for these men is not an impossibility, since nothing is impossible with God. The challenge though is moving our own selves to compel our flesh to pray for 2 minutes (see v. 41).

What to pray for?

Join us and our friends at Iran: Free All Three as they encourage us to pray. See more here and please share. We need your help to get the world praying!

 

Prayers Needed: Attorney’s Skeptical About The Release Of Sudanese Christian Woman-SIGN the Petition!

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(Voice of the Persecuted) Along with encouraging news that the Sudanese Christian woman sentenced to death would soon be released, comes skepticism.

The Foreign Ministry under-secretary Abdelah Al-Azrak stated, “The related authorities in the country are working to release Mariam (sic) who was sentenced to death for apostasy, through legal measures. I expect her to be released soon”.

The practices of the imposed Islamic (Sharia) law on Sudan, has been globally opposed since the sentencing (100 lashes/death by hanging) of a pregnant Christian woman, Meriam Ibrahim for apostasy on May 15. While shackled, Ibrahim gave birth to a baby girl in the squalid conditions of the prison last Tuesday. Her son under 2 years of age, has also been staying with her in the cell. There are reports that due to the prison’s environment, they are covered in lice since her incarceration for her Christian faith.

Meriam’s father deserted the family when she was only 6 years old. Her Ethiopian mother raised her as a Christian. Though she has been greatly pressured to renounce Christianity, Meriam says she will not deny her faith in Jesus Christ.

Men claiming to be her alleged brothers brought the charges against her. Her husband says he never met the men alleging she is their lost Muslim sister. The man claiming to be her older brother publically made a a statement announcing that the woman he claims as a sister must return to Islam or be killed “as a glory to the faith.”

A public order court judge ruled that Meriam’s father may have left her family when she was six and even though she was raised as a Christian, she is expected to worship Islam. The 100 lashes were scheduled to be carried out in 2 weeks, giving her the chance to recover from childbirth. Her death sentence has been postponed for 2 years giving her the ability to breastfeed her new baby.

Her attorney’s are skeptical of the claims to release her. They believe ‘the government is playing games’ to find a way to silence the international outcry. One of her attorney’s said, ‘It’s to silence the international media. This is what the government do. We will not believe that she is being freed until she walks out of the prison’.

We must KEEP PRAYING and raising our VOICES! A petition for her release, organized by Amnesty International has been signed by many. Please help keep up the pressure and global outcry against the wrongful treatment and imprisonment of this Christian woman. SIGN THE PETITION, help save a life!

North Korea: Jailed American Christian Renews Pleas for US Help

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An American Christian missionary imprisoned in North Korea is calling for the United States to try harder to secure his freedom.

Kenneth Bae, 44, told North Korean media he is still hopeful the U.S. government will help him gain amnesty from a sentence of 15 years hard labor.

“I ask the U.S. government for help and hope it will make more efforts for my return at an early date,” Bae, who hails from Washington state, said in a video produced by a North Korean news agency.

A State Department official who saw the video said there’s “grave concern” over his deteriorating health. Bae is diabetic.

“We have seen the interview footage of Bae,” the official said. “It is clear his health is deteriorating, which is of grave concern to us. There is no greater priority for us than the welfare and safety of U.S. citizens abroad.”

Bae had hoped to be released Thursday, not only because it’s America’s Independence Day, but also because it’s his father’s 70th birthday.

Bae was arrested while leading a tour group in North Korea in early November 2012.

In April, a North Korean court convicted him of plotting to commit “hostile acts” against the government and sentenced him to 15 years hard labor.

It’s widely believed his imprisonment is a political ploy by the North Korean regime.

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