Burma (Myanmar) Military Offensive Displaces Kachin Christians

In spite of elections and reforms, no end in sight for conflict with ethnic minorities.

YANGON, Burma (Morning Star News) – Artillery and air strikes by Burma (Myanmar) government forces on rebel bases in Kachin state in the past week displaced hundreds of ethnic Kachin, a predominantly Christian people long targeted in part because they are not Buddhist. The Rev. Lama Yaw of the Kachin Baptist Convention, who visited areas near […]

China Detains Christian Attorney, Activist Fighting Harassment of Churches

Officials seek to silence, neutralize advocates for freedom of religion/speech.

(Morning Star News) – A Christian activist writing against harassment of churches in China’s Zhejiang Province was temporarily detained and threatened this month, and an attorney representing some of the fellowships remains missing. The detentions are the latest signs of a government crackdown on at least 230 human rights lawyers and activists since July. China’s […]

Influential Monk in Burma Builds Buddhist Structures on Church Property

Baptist congregation unable to worship at site.

MAE SOT, Thailand, October 26, 2015 (Morning Star News) – An influential Buddhist monk in southern Burma (also called Myanmar) has erected Buddhist structures in a Baptist church compound. Ethnic Karen Christians in Hpa-An, capital of Karen state, have protested against a Buddhist pagoda and a stupa, a structure containing Buddhist relics, since building began […]

Suspected Islamic Extremists Bomb Bus in Philippines amid Bangsamoro Controversy

One dead, 33 wounded.

MINDANAO, Philippines (Morning Star News) – Terrorists from the Islamic extremist group Abu Sayyaf were suspected in the bombing of a passenger bus in the predominantly Christian city of Zamboanga on Friday (Sept. 18) that killed a 14-year-old girl and wounded 33 others. Authorities said Abu Sayyaf had threatened D’Biel Transit, attempting without success to extort […]

Pastor in Laos Stabbed to Death

Church planter refused orders to stop proclaiming Christ.

(Morning Star News) – A pastor in northern Laos who disregarded officials’ orders to stop preaching Christ has been stabbed to death, sources said. A prison official identified only as Wansai entered the home of pastor Singkeaw Wongkongpheng in Na-ang village, Chomphet District, Luang Prabang Province on the night of Sept. 8, relatives told advocacy […]

Case in Malaysia Could Decide if Sharia Supersedes Constitution

Decision against Christian attorney could impede Malay conversions from Islam.

(Morning Star News) – A case involving the constitutional position of sharia (Islamic law) courts in the Malaysian legal system could strengthen the power of the courts to block Malay conversions from Islam. In the potentially landmark case, that had been scheduled to be heard today, the Federal Territory Islamic Council claims that sharia courts are separate […]

Christians Fear Creation of Muslim Sub-State in Philippines

President’s solution to decades of violence could cause more tensions, critics say.

MINDANAO, Philippines (Morning Star News) – Christians and others in the southern Philippines have expressed strong fears that legislation creating an Islamic sub-state on Mindanao Island will exacerbate religious tensions rather than resolve them. The Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), proposed by President Benigno Aquino III last September with the aim of ending decades of Islamist rebel […]

Religious Persecution in China Dramatically Worsened in 2014, Group Says

Advocacy organization reports steep increase in cases, people harmed.

(Morning Star News) – Persecution of Christians in China reached its highest level in more than a decade last year as the government cracked down on church growth perceived as a threat to Communist Party power, according to a U.S.-based advocacy group. Texas-based China Aid Association (CAA) this week reported 572 cases of religious – […]

Court in Laos Fines, Sentences Pastors to Prison for Praying for Sick Woman Who Died

Authorities try to stop spread of Christianity by abusing law, group says.

(Morning Star News) – A pastor and four other church leaders in Laos were convicted last week of being “illegal doctors” because they prayed for a sick woman who later died. The People’s Court of Savannakhet Province on Feb. 12 sentenced the five Christians to nine months in prison and a fine of 500,000 kips […]

Five Months of Attacks on Mennonite Church in Vietnam Prompt SOS

Christians harassed at center, homes and workplaces.

  (Morning Star News) – Police in Vietnam on Wednesday (Nov. 12) employed thugs wielding hammers and metal cutters to ransack a church center and drag away nine Christians, who were then charged with not having proper papers – documents officials had confiscated from them in previous raids. The toughs – accompanied this time, inexplicably, […]