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500-Person Muslim Mob Attacks and Kills Christian in Pakistan

Jun. 06500-Person Muslim Mob Attacks and...

Through our Pakistani affiliate, the Organization for Legal Aid (OLA), we have learned that Nazir Masih, a Christian victim of a Muslim mob attack, has died of injuries caused during an attack on him, his home, and his shoe factory. Masih was picking up and burning trash after a windstorm, as is customary in the town, when a Muslim neighbor,More

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ACLJ Urges Malaysia To Release Abducted Christian Pastor Raymond Koh

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Pakistani Court Soon To Hear Shahzad Masih’s Appeal

Apr. 23Pakistani Court Soon To Hear...

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Jewish Iranian Sentenced to Death

Jewish Iranian Sentenced to Death

Iran is preparing to execute an innocent young man because he’s Jewish, and he’s running out of time. The ACLJ is advocating for his life at the United Nations, having just filed an urgent complaint with the U.N.’s Special Procedures seeking swift international intervention to stop the execution and overturn this...More

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Yat Michael Ruot & Peter Yein Reith

BREAKING: Christian Pastors Michael and Peter Released!

Jordan Sekulow

August 5th, 2015

Christian Pastors Yat Michael Ruot and Peter Yein Reith have just been released by a Sudanese judge.

The Christian pastors, originally from South Sudan, were on trial because of their faith, facing possible death sentences.

After a major international outcry, including more than 220,000 who have signed our petition for their freedom at BeHeardProject.com, the pastors are now free.

Pastors Michael and Peter are eternally grateful for the prayers and voices of all those who have taken action for their freedom.

We spoke with the pastors following their release, and they asked us to share their gratefulness.

Pastor Michael said, “They released us today. We are happy. We had heard we won't be released. But praise God!”  Pastor Peter echoed his friend’s joy saying, “We are very happy now we are free because of your prayers. Thank you for all that you have done for us.  God heard your prayers and we are free! With the help of Mohaned [Mustafa] and his team, they do great work for us and God uses him.”

This is a major victory in the fight against Christian persecution worldwide.  The voices of hundreds of thousands of people demanding justice have been heard.  The prayers of millions have been answered.

Last month, we sent an emergency legal letter to the new Minister of Justice of Sudan explaining why international human rights law and treaties agreed to by Sudan require a fair trail and the protection of Christians from religious persecution.  Officials from the Minister of Justice’s office then began attending the trial, showing that the international pressure was having an important impact.  Today, the judge convicted the pastors of a lesser offense and immediately released them for time already served.  The judge stated, “[T]he sentence they served in prison is enough, release them immediately and return the mobile phones and laptops” to them.  Now they are free to go.

Last year we led an international advocacy campaign for the release of Christian mom Mariam Ibraheem who was on death row in Sudan for her faith.  Mariam was released after a similar international outcry.  Over the last several months, we’ve been working directly with Mariam Ibraheem to pressure Sudan to likewise release these two Christian pastors.  Now, like Mariam, Pastors Michael and Peter are free.

We continue to pray for the pastors’ safety and are working with our contacts on the ground and our international affiliated offices in the region to ensure that they and their families are able to safely settle in a location of their choice.

Thank you for your prayers, your voice, and your support of our ongoing efforts to defend persecuted Christians worldwide.

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Christian Church Under Attack as Christians Are Arrested and Tortured...

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Oct 30, 2018

The Church is under attack in Sudan, and Christians are being arrested and brutally tortured to the brink of death for preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We recently told you about 12 Christian men who were...

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Sudan Continues to Persecute Christians by Arresting 12 Men for...

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Oct 22, 2018

The dogged persecution and harassment of Christians in Sudan persists, as 12 men were arrested for sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ to Muslims. For years, the government of the mostly-Muslim Northeastern...

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Sudan Forces Christian Refugee Children to Recite Islamic Prayer to...

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Sep 18, 2017

Christian South Sudanese refugee children are denied food in Sudan’s refugee camps unless they recite Islamic prayers. The U.S. Department of State includes three nations on its “State Sponsor of Terrorism”

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