Iran Moves to Dismantle Bar Association

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Iran (International Christian Concern) – The Iranian government has released a draft bill which would replace the Iranian Bar Association with a group of government-appointed judiciary officials. This new “Supreme Council for the Coordination of Lawyers’ Affairs” has been protested by more than 12,000 Iranian attorneys. Continue reading

Investigation Needed into al-Hota Mass Grave

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Syria (International Christian Concern) – Human Rights Watch has launched a call for an investigation into a mass grave located in Syria’s al-Hota gorge, a deep natural pit located about 85 kilometers north of Raqqa city. The gorge, once a popular picnic destination, became a location used by ISIS to dispose bodies during their brutal Continue reading

HTS Clamps Down on Syrian Christian Properties

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 Syria (International Christian Concern) – The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has published a report noting how HTS (Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, a terrorist organization) has clamped down on Christian properties in Idlib. Christian properties are considered as spoils of war, and thus fall under the civilian wing of HTS. Continue reading

Pope raises status of two Vatican cardinals

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Pope Francis has raised two prelates—Cardinals Beniamino Stella and Luis Tagle—to the status of cardinal-bishops. Cardinal Stella is the prefect of the Congregation for Clergy. Cardinal Tagle is the newly appointed prefect of the Congregation for Evangelization. Their elevation to the rank of cardinal-bishop confirms their standing Continue reading