Jailed Advocate for Christians’ Religious Rights in Egypt Released on Bail

Accusations remain against activist working against persecution.

ISTANBUL, Turkey (Morning Star News) – A noted Coptic human rights activist arrested in May and accused of belonging to a terrorist organization was released from prison Tuesday (June 21) after posting bail. A judge in the Al-Wayly Court of Appeals on Saturday (June 18) set a 10,000 Egyptian pound (US$1,125) bail for Mina Thabet, 26, […]

Government in Egypt Fights Efforts to Repeal Controversial ‘Blasphemy Law’

Justice Ministry says any change would be ‘unconstitutional.

ISTANBUL, Turkey (Morning Star News) – Parliamentary efforts in Egypt to repeal the country’s equivalent of a “blasphemy law” are facing stiff opposition from the Ministry of Justice. The ministry’s representative to parliament, Chancellor Ayman Rafah, this month told the People’s Assembly that the administration opposed efforts to eliminate the constitution’s Article 98F, which criminalizes any […]

Christian Prisoner in Iran Begins Hunger Strike over Denial of Medical Treatment

Woman with heart condition incarcerated for role in house-church movement.

ISTANBUL, Turkey (Morning Star News) – A convert to Christianity imprisoned for her involvement in the Iranian house-church movement has gone on a hunger strike to protest denial of needed medical treatment, religious freedom advocates said. Maryam Naghash Zargaran, 36, started her hunger strike on Friday (May 27) because a prosecutor has repeatedly denied permission to […]

Egyptian Crack-Down on Human Rights Defenders Reaches Key Christian Activist

Threatened three times before arrest, he faces life in prison.

ISTANBUL, Turkey (Morning Star News) – A Coptic human rights activist arrested this month by Egyptian security officials faces the possibility of life in prison on concocted charges because of his efforts to expose persecution of Christians, human rights activists said. Mina Thabet, 26, director of the Minority and Religious Groups Department at the Egyptian Commission […]

Detained U.S. Evangelist in Turkey Released, Ordered To Be Deported

David Byle is declared a ‘danger to public order.’

ISTANBUL, Turkey (Morning Star News) – Turkish authorities have released a U.S. evangelist who was detained last week and ordered to be deported, sources said. Declaring David Byle “a danger to public order,” authorities in Turkey took him into custody on April 6 after asking him to report to the immigration office in Istanbul regarding his […]

Amid Crackdown, Prisoner in Iran Encourages Faithful to Stand Strong

Christian sneaks out message to flocks increasingly without pastors.

ISTANBUL, Turkey (Morning Star News) – In the face of a crackdown that has crippled Iran’s house-church leadership, an imprisoned convert from Islam has managed to sneak a message of encouragement to Iran’s Christians. With Iran’s house churches mushrooming even as the government has imprisoned or harassed most pastors into exile, a Christian held in Rajai […]

Anti-Christian Hatred Seen in Attack on Church Building in Samsun, Turkey

Police release suspects caught on video.

ISTANBUL, Turkey (Morning Star News) – Four men detained by police for attacking a church building in the Black Sea region of Turkey last week shouted jihadist slogans when released from jail, a marked departure from past harassment, church leaders said. Shortly after 11:30 p.m. on Feb. 25, the four Muslims went to a building rented […]

Another Suspicious Coptic Christian ‘Suicide’ in Egyptian Military Raises Anxieties

Family demands autopsy.

ISTANBUL, Turkey (Morning Star News) – The family of another Coptic Christian soldier in the Egyptian army who has died under suspicious circumstances is demanding an autopsy, sources told Morning Star News. On Feb. 17, the Egyptian military informed the family of Michael Gamel Mansour that the 22-year-old conscript from Assuit had committed suicide. Authorities claimed […]

Case Dropped against Christians Arrested for Evangelizing in Alexandria, Egypt

Prosecutors find no evidence of ‘showing disdain’ for ‘heavenly religion.’

ISTANBUL, Turkey (Morning Star News) – A regional prosecuting attorney in Egypt has dismissed a case against three Christians arrested last summer and accused of blasphemy during an evangelistic outreach, their attorney said. The three Christians, one of them a minor, were being investigated pending possible charges of “showing disdain” to a “heavenly religion” under a […]

Catholic Monks in Israel Seek Action against Root Causes of Anti-Christian Hatred

Monks on Mt. Zion are attacked nearly once a week.

ISTANBUL, Turkey (Morning Star News) – After waiting for years for police to act against vandalism that has plagued the Dormition Abbey in Jerusalem, monks welcomed recent arrests but seek government action against root causes of the attacks. Ultra-right-wing nationalists in Israel, though a tiny minority, are increasingly attacking Catholic monks with an alarming level of […]