Expatriate Christians Accused of “Proselytizing” Released from Prison in Libya

4/19/2013 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) – International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that seven expatriate Christians who were abducted in February by an Islamic militia group in Libya have been released and are now safe in their respective countries. The last Christian from the group landed in Cairo International Airport on Tuesday night.  On Feb. 10, an Islamic militia group known as the Preventative Security Unit abducted four expatriate Christians,….. Expatriate Christians Accused of “Proselytizing” Released from Prison in Libya

Nigeria: The Most Dangerous Place for Christians on Earth

ICC Note:  Two years ago, the worst attack on Christianity took place in Northern Nigeria. In the 2011 post-election violence, over 700 churches were destroyed in under 48 hours. Over 200 Christians were confirmed killed and over 3,000 Christian businesses and homes were torched. Although this level of violence has not been reached in the past two years, violent attacks against Christians continues in Northern Nigeria. Boko Haram, an Islamic extremist group operating in Northern Nigeria, is estimated to have killed over 3,000 people many of whom were Christians. Responsibility for this violence goes beyond Boko Haram. …    [Full Story]   Nigeria: The Most Dangerous Place for Christians on Earth

Libya Releases Four Egyptian Christians from Prison

ICC Note: After spending more than a month in prison, Libya has released four Egyptian Christians accused of proselytizing. According to sources in the Egyptian media, the accusations against the four Christians have been dropped. Libya is home to a very small Christian community, persecuted by both the government and radical Islamist across the North African country.  [Full Story]    Libya Releases Four Egyptian Christians from Prison

Christians in Libya on High Alert during Easter

ICC Note:  Christians in Libya have tightened down security over this Easter holiday. Many fear attacks from Islamist militants, so they are spending money on hiring armed guards for churches. Will Christians in Libya be safe over the Easter holiday?    [Full Story]   Christians in Libya on High Alert during Easter

Libya Set to Free American Christian After More Than a Month in Jail

ICC Note:  In a recent crackdown on Christians in Libya, an American Christian was arrested and imprisoned for spreading the Gospel. Three other foreign Christian were rounded up in this same raid. The Libyan government has confirmed that it is set to release the American after more than a month in prison. Libya, which sees the spread of Christianity as a threat to national security, maintains that it has done nothing wrong in this case. More that 40 other Christians have been rounded up in the recent crackdown, many of whom are Egyptian.   [Full Story]   Libya Set to Free American Christian After More Than a Month in Jail

Christians in Libya Tighten Security at Churches

ICC Note:  Christians living in Libya are tightening security at churches in anticipation of attacks by Islamic extremists over the Easter holiday. The doors of churches will be locked during Easter services, which is unprecedented for many of the churches in Libya. Since the revolution in Libya, Christians have been increasingly the target of Extremists and the new government. Will there be peace over the Easter holiday?     [Full Story]   Christians in Libya Tighten Security at Churches

Christian Persecution Escalating Under Libya’s Islamist Rule

A special Report by ICC 03/29/2013 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) – The recent death of an Egyptian Evangelical Christian under dubious circumstances, along with increasing arrests and detention of Christians, confirms the rising threat of Islamist extremism and Christian persecution in Libya.  Christian Persecution Escalating Under Libya’s Islamist Rule

Christians in Libya Remain Undeterred in the Face of Persecution

ICC Note:  As Holy Week begins, Christians in Libya remain undeterred by recent attacks. Burned churches, arrests and other attacks will not stop Christians from celebrating the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ this week. Will persecution in Libya become worse as the week progresses? Will Christians remain faithful?     [Full Story]   Christians in Libya Remain Undeterred in the Face of Persecution

Libya’s Christians under attack?

ICC Note: What is happening in Libya? Four Christian foreigners, including a South African, South Korean, Egyptian, and a Swede with a US passport, were arrested in Benghazi on February 10. Three days later, two more Christians from Egypt were arrested, one of whom, identified as Sherif Ramses, was reportedly tortured. Yet, that was only the tip of the iceberg. On February 27, at least 48 Christians from Egypt were arrested, one of whom died while in custody from possible torture. On top of that, a Coptic Church in Benghazi was attacked and two priests were assaulted by militants in early March.  [Full Story]   Libya’s Christians under attack?

Christians Arrested, One Dies in Libyan Prison

Since Sherif Ramsis, an Egyptian Christian running a business in Benghazi, was arrested on Feb. 10, another four Egyptian and three non-Arab Christians have also been taken into custody. A spokesman f   Christians Arrested, One Dies in Libyan Prison

Libya: Egyptian Christian dies in custody

One of a number of expatriate Christians detained in Libya in the past month has died in custody, according to Release partners.  Ezzat Hakim Atalla Abdel-Malak, an Egyptian, had been taken to hospital suffering severe chest pains a few days ago but had been returned to a detention centre where he died on Sunday. His body reportedly shows ‘extensive bruising caused by physical abuse’ in detention, according to Middle East Concern.  Libya: Egyptian Christian dies in custody

Libya Arrests More Christians, Closes Embassy in Egypt

Libya continues persecution of Copts, closes embassy in Egypt 

ICC Note: Libya suspended work at its embassy in Cairo on Saturday following protests over the death of an Egyptian Christian in a Libyan prison last week. Though government officials say the Christian died of natural causes, the Egyptian Christian community claims he was murdered as a result of being tortured during his detainment. The Christian and more than 50 others were arrested in February for allegedly distributing Christian materials and proselytizing. According to the Maspero Youth Union (MYU), there were four more Egyptian Christians arrested in Libya on Friday.  [Full Story]   Libya Arrests More Christians, Closes Embassy in Egypt

Libyan Militias Torch Benghazi Church

Christian persecution in the Middle East continued Friday with the latest attack in Benghazi, Libya, where Islamists torched a church attended by Egyptian Christians.   Libyan Militias Torch Benghazi Church

Ethnic Cleansing of Christians from Benghazi Continues

While the media is maintaining an embargo on anything with the word Benghazi in it (aside from sneering references to that crazy McCain guy and his “insatiable appetite” for more information), the new developing scandal is the ethnic cleansing of Christians from Benghazi.           Ethnic Cleansing of Christians from Benghazi Continues

Libyan Coptic church suffers second attack

For the second time in a week a Coptic Christian church in Benghazi, Libya, has been attacked. Police say they prevented the unidentified attackers…

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Libyan Coptic church suffers second attack

Church Used by Egyptian Christians Torched in Libya

ICC Note: Militants torched a church used by Egyptian Christians in Benghazi, Libya on Thursday, a week after scores of Egyptian Christians were detained for alleged proselytization, the Associated Press reports. Although most of the Christians have since been released, at least four—including a Swedish-American, a South Korean, a South African and an Egyptian—remain behind bars.  [Full Story]   Church Used by Egyptian Christians Torched in Libya

Libyan authorities release imprisoned Copts

Egypt’s Assistant Foreign Minister for Consular Affairs, Ali el-Asheery, said on Tuesday the Libyan authorities have released Coptic citizens detained in Libya.   Libyan authorities release imprisoned Copts

Egyptian Christian tortured to death in Libya

Egyptian ‘missionary’ tortured to death in Libya – human rights lawyer

ICC Note: Yesterday, ICC posted a news article concerning the death of Ezzat Atallah, one of the more than 50 Egyptian Christians arrested in Libya last month, who died in prison reportedly due to health problems. Naguib Guebrayel, a Coptic Christian lawyer, said that Atallah death was not because of his poor health, but a result of “being tortured with other detainees”, RT.com reports. Atallah was one of five Evangelical Christians arrested for allegedly proselytizing and distributing Christian literature. Although most of the Christians have since been released, an Egyptian, a South African, a South Korean and a Swede with a US passport who were arrested in mid-February remain in prison, according to reports.  [Full Story]   Egyptian Christian tortured to death in Libya

Egyptian Christian Accused Of Spreading Christianity Dies In Libyan Prison

By AYA BATRAWY, Huffington Post – “An Egyptian Foreign Ministry official says a man suspected of trying to spread Christianity in Libya has died in prison there. The diplomat says Ezzat Atallah, who suffered from diabetes and heart ailments, likely died of natural causes. He spoke anonymously Sunday in line with regulations. Atallah was among [...]   Egyptian Christian Accused Of Spreading Christianity Dies In Libyan Prison

Hatred of Christians Unleashed in Libya

Last Thursday, a Coptic Christian church located in Benghazi, Libya, was attacked by armed Muslim militants.  Initial reports indicate that at least one priest, Fr. Paul Isaac, was injured, as well as his assistant.  It is the second church to be attacked in two months.  Earlier, on Sunday, December 30, an explosion rocked a Coptic Christian church near the western city of Misrata, where a group of U.S. backed rebels hold a major checkpoint. The explosion killed two people and wounded two others, all Egyptians.  Hatred of Christians Unleashed in Libya

Egyptian Christians allege torture at hands of Libyan Islamists

ICC Note: “Libyan Islamists detained 48 Egyptian Christians in Benghazi last week, torturing them and using acid to burn off tattoos of the cross,” family members told Fox News. The Christians were accused of proselytizing and distributing Christian literature. Photographs and a video circulated online showing the Christians locked in a small room and guarded by bearded Salafists. Some of the Christians appeared to be cut and bruised. The arrests began when an Egyptian, a South African, a South Korean and a Swede with a U.S. passport were arrested in mid-February. No one has been released to date, despite there being no known charges against them, and the situation is growing worse. ICC will continue to keep you updated as the story unfolds. Please remember these Christians in prayer.       [Full Story]   Egyptian Christians allege torture at hands of Libyan Islamists

Suspected Islamist Gunmen Attack Church In Libya’s Benghazi, Christian Leaders Assaulted

Reuters – “Gunmen attacked an Egyptian Coptic church in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi, assaulting two priests, the official LANA news agency quoted the foreign ministry as saying on Sunday. The foreign ministry said it ‘strongly condemned Thursday’s attack on the Egyptian church … and the aggression towards Father Paul Isaac and his assistant [...] Suspected Islamist Gunmen Attack Church In Libya’s Benghazi, Christian Leaders Assaulted

Libya: Benghazi Islamists Round Up ‘More Than 100′ Christian Preachers For Spreading Christianity (Video)

Judging from the video below they’ve also managed to seize Bibles, Christian books, photos of Christ, photos of Christian leaders, and crosses. Of course, the video of this triumphant subjugation of Christians by Islamists would not be complete without the obligatory battle cry of victory: “Allahu akbar! [Allah is greater!]” …   Libya: Benghazi Islamists Round Up ‘More Than 100′ Christian Preachers For Spreading Christianity (Video)

Mass Arrest and Torture of Christians in Libya

Last week’s news of four Christian missionaries in Libya placed under arrest, possibly facing the death penalty for “proselytizing,” is apparently the tip of the iceberg.  Yesterday, Arabic media reported that over 100 Christian Copts from Egypt, who have been living and working in Libya, were recently arrested in Ben Ghazi—also on the accusation, or pretext, of being “Christian missionaries.” Mass Arrest and Torture of Christians in Libya

Death for Preaching Christ in ‘Liberated’ Libya

ICC Note: With Libya’s ‘liberation’, which has brought some positive changes in the country, is also the threat of rising Islamic extremism. In Libya, Egypt, and several Middle Eastern countries, Islamists have gained significant political influence, and sentences against proselytizing, blasphemy, and apostasy are being enforced to an extent never seen under former dictatorships. The Islamist agenda is clear: to establish an Islamic state based on the principles of Sharia law. The ramifications of that agenda in Libya are perhaps clearer now than ever before with the arrest of seven Christian foreigners this month. In this article, Raymond Ibrahim looks at the history of Islam in Libya, questions the Obama administration’s approach in developing a ‘new’ Libya, and fears for the future of Christianity and religious freedoms in the country.  [Full StoryDeath for Preaching Christ in ‘Liberated’ Libya

Editorial: Christianity in Libya threatened as Islamists grow in strength

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When the “Arab Spring” reached Libya and led to the overthrow of long-time leader Muammar Gaddafi, some commentators heralded the advent of religious freedom in the overwhelmingly Muslim country. There were some early signs of hope. Islamists fared much less well than anticipated in the country’s first general election since the revolution, taking just 17 of the 80 seats available to political parties.   Editorial: Christianity in Libya threatened as Islamists grow in strength

Christian Arrested for Proselytizing &Tortured by Libyan Authorities

Libyan Authorities Torture Arrested Coptic Christian Accused of Proselytizing

ICC Note: Seven Christian foreigners have been arrested in Libya in recent weeks for allegedly proselytizing and distributing Christian literature. According to Morning Star News, one of the Christians, Sherif Ramses from Egypt, has been tortured while being held in Benghazi. The Christians include a South African, Swedish-American, and several Egyptians. The Christians have yet to be officially charged.  [Full Story]   Christian Arrested for Proselytizing “Tortured” by Libyan Authorities

Libya Christians fear rise of Islamic extremism

ICC Note: After the fall of Muammar Gaddafi’s regime in 2011, Libya’s small Christian community fears for its safety, Agence France-Presse reports. Recently, Catholic nuns have decided to leave their communities following threats from Islamists and four Christian foreigners were arrested in Benghazi on charges of proselytizing. In December, a church bombing killed two people in the Mediterranean town of Dafniya. And, “Not a day goes by without tombs being vandalized,” said Dalmasso Bruno, caretaker of an Italian cemetery where Christians are buried. According to Father Dominique Rezeau, there were as many as 100,000 Christians in Libya before the 2011 revolution that toppled Muammar Gaddafi. “Now only a few thousand remain.”  [Full Story]   Libya Christians fear rise of Islamic extremism

Death for Preaching Christ in ‘Liberated’ Libya

Four foreign Christians—including one who holds American-Swedish citizenship—were arrested days ago in Libya.  According to the Guardian, their crime is arousing “suspicion of being missionaries and distributing Christian literature, a charge that could carry the death penalty.” Apparently the four Christians had “contracted a local printer to produce pamphlets explaining Christianity.”  Proselytizing to Muslims—that is, preaching to them another religion—was banned even under the late Col. Muammar Gaddafi.  Death for Preaching Christ in ‘Liberated’ Libya

Christians Being Driven Out of Libya

Christians in Libya Face Safety Concerns 

ICC Note: Escalating pressure on Christians in Libya is driving some of the faithful from their communities. Catholic nuns in three communities are leaving the country because of threats by radical Islamists, Voice of America reports. And, even more concerning, four foreign Christians were arrested in Benghazi last week on charges of proselytizing and printing Christian literature. According to Father Dominique Rezeau, there were as many as 100,000 Christians in Libya before the 2011 revolution that toppled Muammar Gaddafi. “Now only a few thousand remain.”  [Full Story]   Christians Being Driven Out of Libya

Four Christians arrested for proselytizing in Benghazi

Foreigners suspected of trying to spread Christianity arrested in Libya 

ICC Note: Yesterday, ICC reported that four Christian foreigners were arrested in Benghazi, Libya for allegedly taking part in evangelistic activities. Police spokesman Hussein bin Hamid said the foreigners are from South Africa, Egypt and South Korea, and one holds both Swedish and U.S. nationality, according to Fox News. Police also reportedly found 45,000 books in their possession and another 25,000 that had already been distributed. The Christians are currently detained and undergoing interrogation. ICC will continue to bring you the latest updates on the story.  [Full Story]   Four Christians arrested for “proselytizing” in Benghazi

Libya Arrests Missionaries for Spreading Christianity

Four foreign Christian workers in Libya have been arrested on suspicion of spreading Christianity and giving out Christian literature in Benghazi.  Libya Arrests Missionaries for Spreading Christianity

Foreigners Arrested for Spreading Christianity in Libya

Four held for spreading Christianity in Libya   ICC Note: Four foreigners were arrested in Benghazi, Libya last week for allegedly taking part in Christian activities, mainly proselytizing, the Daily Times in Pakistan reports. “Proselytising is forbidden in Libya,” said security official Hussein Bin Hmeid. “We are a 100 percent Muslim country and this kind of action affects our national security.”[Full Story]   Foreigners Arrested for Spreading Christianity in Libya

Libya Arrests Missionaries for Spreading Gospel

Four foreign Christian workers in Libya have been arrested on suspicion of spreading Christianity and giving out Christian literature in Benghazi.   Libya Arrests Missionaries for Spreading Gospel

Situation Critical: Muslim Fundamentalists Driving Christians From Libya

AllVoices – “In an interview with the Vatican missionary news agency Fides, the Apostolic Vicar of Tripoli, Giovanni Martinelli, claimed that Christians are being driven out of the eastern Libya area of Cyrenaica by Muslim fundamentalists Vicar Martinelli called the situation ‘critical’ and the ‘atmosphere very tense’. Martinelli said that two religious communities had already [...]     Situation Critical: Muslim Fundamentalists Driving Christians From Libya

Bomb Attack on Coptic Church Building In Libya Kills Two

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A bombing on Sunday at a building belonging to a Coptic church in western Libya killed two Egyptian men and wounded two others, a military spokesman said.

Bomb Attack on Coptic Church Building In Libya Kills Two

Attack on Libyan church building kills two

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – An explosion on Sunday at a building belonging to a Coptic church in western Libya killed two Egyptian men and wounded two others, a military spokesman said. Attackers threw a homemade bomb at an administration building belonging to the Egyptian Coptic church in Dafniya, close to the western city of Misrata, said Ibrahim Rajab of Misrata military council. The Egyptian consul in the city, Tareq Dahrouj, said he had visited the church and the building where the two church workers were killed early on Sunday. …

Attack on Libyan church building kills two