“743 Christian and 10 Yazidis refugees have reported religiously motivated attacks due to their Christian faith,” is the shocking revelation by the survey (Feb. – Sept. 2016) by OpenDoors Germany in collaboration with Action on behalf of Persecuted Christians and the Needy (AVC), European Mission Society Fellowship (EMC) and the Central Council of Oriental Christians in Germany (ZOCD).
The authors estimates that as many as other thousands of Christians refugees could be affected overall, since many cases are not being reported.
After the case of Christians hiding bibles in German migrant camps amid death threats from Muslim extremists, as reported by The European Post, the persecution against Christians and members of other religious minority groups continues also in Europe.
About the identity of perpetrators, the survey finds 91% blamed their ‘fellow’ Muslims refugees and 28% said the assault was committed by Muslims camps’ guards.
The nature of persecution are death threat, sexual assault and other violent assault. 83% said the assaults were perpetrated several time.
According to World Watch Monitor, one refugee was distressed after he saw the words written on the wall at the shelter where he is staying which said, “The time has come to cut off the heads of all non-believers!“
The survey particularly stressed that converts living in the shelters are facing the highest risk of persecution as, “according to the Quran their change of faith is considered as a crime worthy of the death penalty, therefore they are explicitly in danger.”
Martin Neumeyer, the Bavarian government’s commissioner on integration, said that those guilty of persecution should face harsh consequences. “Those who terrorize Christians or atheists in the refugee shelters should have no right to apply for asylum,” Neumeyer said at a press conference after the presentation of the survey, as reported by RT
Last December, Polish Member of the European Parliament Marek Jurek (ECR, European Christian Political Movement) issued a motion for a resolution on the need for special assistance for Christian refugees. However, nothing has been done since then and the resolution has still not been put on the agenda of the European Parliament.