Pastor Jailed in Burma Falls Ill

65-year-old Baptist leader on trial for ‘spying.’

YANGON, Burma (Morning Star News) – One of two assistant pastors arrested by the Burma army last Christmas Eve is suffering deteriorating health from malnutrition, sources said. Pastor Dom Dawng Nawng Latt, 65, has become weak, lacks energy and suffers from asthma and diarrhea, according to his wife and a lawyer for Nawng Latt and fellow […]

Christians Shot to Death in Attack on Marawi, Philippines

Those refusing to recite Islamic creed are targeted.

MINDANAO, Philippines (Morning Star News) – Among 19 civilians an Islamic extremist group in the Philippines killed after storming a city on May 23 were eight Christians shot for refusing to recite the Muslim creed, government investigators told local press. They were the first Christians slain in the ongoing battle for Marawi City, capital of Lanao […]

Terrorists Linked with Islamic State Abduct Priest in Attack in Mindanao, Philippines

Policeman beheaded, 13 other Catholics kidnapped.

MINDANAO, Philippines (Morning Star News) – An ascendant terrorist group in the Philippines that has pledged allegiance to the Islamic State (IS) yesterday wreaked violence on the island of Mindanao, kidnapping a catholic priest and 13 members of his parish. Soldiers engaged in firefights with the Maute Group (MG) in Marawi City as its militants reportedly […]

Indonesia Joins Repressive Islamic Regimes in Sentencing Ahok to Prison for ‘Blasphemy’

Statute treads on human rights in world’s largest Islamic country.

(Morning Star News) – Indonesia took a huge leap backwards in its reputation as a moderate Islamic democracy today when a court sentenced the Christian governor of Jakarta, Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama, to two years in prison for “blasphemin The blasphemy accusation was key in Ahok’s defeat in a bid to be re-elected as governor […]

Two Pastors in Burma Detained More than Three Months Without Trial 

Baptist leaders tried to help couple who lost their house.

YANGON, Burma (Morning Star News) – Two assistant pastors arrested by the Burma army have been jailed without trial for more than three months, sources said. Pastors Dom Dawng Nawng Latt, 65, and 35-year-old La Jaw Gam Hseng were arrested on Dec. 24 after helping local journalists cover military conflict in northern Shan state, eastern Burma […]

China’s New Policy Expected to Lead to More Religious Persecution

‘Sinicization’ a catalyst for attacking faith communities.

March 13, 2017 (Morning Star News) – China Aid’s 2016 Annual Persecution Report details a seismic shift in the Chinese government’s approach to religious policy that is expected to lead to further persecution. The report’s core subject tracks a deviation in the Chinese government’s ideological approach to religious management. During the National Conference of Religious […]

Two Assistant Pastors in Burma Charged with Unlawful Association

Kachin Baptist Convention church leaders deny charges.

MAE SOT, Thailand (Morning Star News) – The Burma (Myanmar) military on Wednesday (Jan. 25) charged two assistant pastors (not Catholic priests as previously reported) with unlawful association with an armed ethnic group, an accusation the Kachin Baptist Convention church leaders deny. Pastors Dom Dawng Nawng Latt, 65, and 35-year-old La Jaw Gam Hseng could face […]

Burma Army Admits Detaining Two Church Leaders

Pastors accused of aiding armed ethnic groups.

YANGON, Burma (Morning Star News) – Burma (Myanmar) army officials have confirmed that they arrested two pastors missing since Dec. 24 and accused them of aiding ethnic separatists. The Burma army accused Dom Dawng Nawng Latt and La Jaw Gam Hseng of serving as “informers and spreading false news on behalf of the armed insurgents” in […]

Concerns Mount that Clergymen in Burma Have Been Killed

Two pastors missing for more than two weeks.

YANGON, Burma (Morning Star News) – Villagers in Shan state, Burma (Myanmar) are increasingly concerned over indications that two pastors in Burma have been killed. Sources told Morning Star News that the Burma army arrested Kachin Baptist Church pastors Dom Dawng Nawng and La Jaw Gam Hseng (not Catholic assistant priests as previously reported) on Dec. […]

Morning Star News’ Top 10 Persecution Stories of 2016

Jihadists fight under the radar in Africa.

(Morning Star News) – While war in the Middle East dominated international headlines, Islamic extremists in the shadows were taking jihad to Christian civilians in Africa with unprecedented intensity in 2016. In Nigeria, Muslim ethnic Fulanis looked less like nomadic herdsmen and more like well-armed, well-funded jihadist militants. Close Muslim relatives and Islamist village mobs […]