International Christian Concern
|Purpose||Human rights of Christians|
International Christian Concern (ICC) is a non-denominational, non-governmental, Christian watchdog group, located in Washington, DC, whose concern is the human rights of Christians. Its mission is to help "all persecuted Christians who affirm the Apostles' Creed and believe that the Bible is the inspired word of God."
ICC was founded in 1995 by Steve Snyder, former president of the USA Division of Christian Solidarity International. In 2002, Snyder was succeeded as ICC President by Jeff King, who had served 11 years with Campus Crusade for Christ.
The organization has issued reports on persecution of Christians in countries such as China, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, and Algeria. The organization publishes a "Hall of Shame", naming what it views as those countries that are the worst persecutors of Christians. In 2011, the 11 countries on its list were China, Egypt, Eritrea, India, Iran, Iraq, Nigeria, North Korea, Pakistan, Somalia, and Vietnam.
ICC exists to build and bandage Christ's persecuted Church. They seek to serve all persecuted Christians regardless of denomination or sect. ICC provides awareness, advocacy, and practical assistance for persecuted Christians.
ICC encourages, aids, provides public awareness about, advocates and seeks support for, conducts research with regard to, and prays for Christians worldwide who the organization views as being persecuted. The organization focuses on raising awareness via information gathering and sharing.
ICC publishes a newsletter, entitled Concern.
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