Prayer fuel: News from around the world

Here are a handful of news-bites from around the world included in the August issue of EN. May these encourage us as well as spur us on to pray for our brothers and sisters around the world facing severe persecution.

China: released
Chinese authorities released a woman facing a forced abortion in the northern province of Hunan on June 10, after human rights activists and at least one US official called for her freedom.
Cao Ruyi still faces outrageous fines for violating China’s one-child policy and said that she and her husband can’t afford to pay a ‘social burden compensation fee’ that exceeds £16,000. She fears that authorities may return and attempt a forced abortion again. The exorbitant fine highlights China’s ruthless tactics to maintain population control by pressuring women to abort their unborn children or bankrupt their families. Religion Today

Eritrea: resolution
The United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC) on July 6 adopted its first resolution on Eritrea, approving the mandate for a Special Rapporteur who will report to the HRC and the UN General Assembly on the human rights situation in Eritrea.
The groundbreaking resolution, submitted by Somalia, Nigeria and Djibouti and supported by a number of African and other states, was adopted by consensus at the 20th session of the HRC. Significantly, this is the first time that African states have spearheaded a resolution on another African state. Christian Solidarity Worldwide

USA: Bible sentence
In June, Circuit Court Judge Michael Nettles of Rock Hill sentenced Cassandra Tolley (28) to eight years in prison for drunk driving, followed by five years’ probation and substance abuse counselling, adding the assignment of reading through and writing a summary of the Book of Job.
Tolley seriously injured two people while driving on the wrong side of the road in November 2011. She professed her Christianity when she pleaded guilty and was reported to be grateful for the ruling. Tolley turned to alcohol after years of abuse by a relative. Aged 11, a relative doused her with gasoline and set her on fire on Thanksgiving Day. Religion Today / The Blaze

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