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Egypt Arrests Coptic Community Rights Activist amid Heightened Surveillance Measures

On November 23, seven plainclothes Egyptian police officers showed up at activist Ramy Kamel's house and confiscated many of his belongings including books, his laptop, his phone, and a digital camera. The following day, the Coptic activist known for advocating for Egypt's urban poor and rural peasants was charged with joining and financing a terrorist group and disrupting public peace.  

Fear of Hindu Extremist Violence Ends Christianity in Village in Northern India

Led by Hindu extremists in Udham Singh Nagar District in Uttarakhand state, a mob of 60 to 70 mainly female villagers assaulted 28-year-old pastor Sawan Pol’s father, mother, wife and 10-year-old brother in Bagwala village, near the city of Rudrapur, sources said. The pastor’s wife was holding their 6-month-old son during the assault.

Falsely Accused of Killing Hindu Leader in India, Five Christians Ordered to Be Freed

The Supreme Court of India issued a decision ordering bail for the five Christians from Odisha (formerly Orissa) state falsely accused of killing Hindu leader Swami Laxmanananda Saraswati, whose death on Aug. 23, 2008 in Kandhamal District touched off anti-Christian attacks that killed 120 people, destroyed nearly 6,000 homes and displaced 55,000 Christians.

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