A Pakistani official dismissed reports of Christian persecution, comparing them to knife crimes in the UK. Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said accusations of Christians being treated harshly in Pakistan are nothing more but exaggerations.
A report calls for the UK government to implement stringent policies to protect Christians all over the world.
One in five church buildings in The Netherlands are no longer used for worship. Dutch newspaper Trouw found that several churches are now converted for secular use.
A group of evangelical Christians on a train in India was reported for "disturbing public peace" by passengers.
A UN independent rights expert called on the government of Eritrea to respect citizens' right to religious freedom and to "release those who have been imprisoned for their religious beliefs."
Christians in Africa fear for their lives as violent attacks against them intensify. Cardinal Dieudonne Nzapalainga warned that, "Africa is a continent where violence against Christians is exploding."
Chinese Christians revealed that they have memorized the whole Bible while in prison, saying that prison guards "can't take what's hidden in your heart."
Persecution of Christians in Iran intensifies as authorities tore down the cross before forcibly shutting down a church in the city of Tabriz.
The UN announced that August 22 will be observed as International Day Commemorating the Victims of Acts of Violence Based on Religion or Belief.
Hungarian Deputy State Secretary Tristan Azbej said the persecution of Christians is "a humanitarian disaster that has remained purposefully concealed."