Non-Hindu Religious Activity Banned in Area of Chhattisgarh, India

Christian organizations demand revocation.

Flag of India. (Wikipedia, Mellisa Anthony Jones)

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – Church leaders in India have asked national and Chhattisgarh state officials to reverse a ban on non-Hindu religious activity that more than 50 villages have reportedly adopted. The head of the Religious Liberty Commission of the Evangelical Fellowship of India (EFI) wrote to Union and Chhattisgarh officials on July 10 […]

Main Suspect in Bhatti Murder in Pakistan Released as Death Threats Stall Prosecution

Islamic extremist intimidation silences witnesses.

Tribute to Shahbaz Bhatti. (Morning Star News via Pakistan Today)

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – More than three years after the assassination of Pakistan’s first Christian cabinet-level minister, Islamist extremists have silenced prosecution witnesses and the prime suspect was released on bail on July 11, the prosecutor said. With prosecution witnesses unwilling to record their statements in court due to Islamic extremist death threats, there […]

Christians Hospitalized in India after Attack for Objecting to Discrimination

Hindu extremist-instigated mob beats one man unconscious.

Carving on a Hindu temple in Malhar Bilaspur, Chhattisgarh, from 10th or 11th century. (Wikipedia)

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – Ten Christians in India’s Chhattisgarh state whose faith cost them their food rations were hospitalized last week after a Hindu extremist mob attacked them for objecting to the discrimination, sources said. One of the Christians fell unconscious and two women were among those hospitalized in the attack on about 100 […]

Concerns about Religious Rights in Bhutan Raised at U.N. Council

Freedom of worship, legal recognition for Christians in democratic monarchy lacking, members say.

Bhutan Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay. (Facebook)

THIMPHU, Bhutan (Morning Star News) – Several member countries of the U.N. Human Rights Council (UNHRC) have raised concerns over lack of rights for religious minorities in Bhutan, but legal recognition for Christians remains nowhere in sight. At the UNHRC’s recent Universal Periodic Review of the Buddhist nation in Geneva, Switzerland, the United States and other […]

One of Two Pastors Arrested in Bhutan Faces Funds-Collecting Charge

Initial accusations of proselytizing, prior permit dropped.

Bhutan Minister of Home and Cultural Affairs Damcho Dorji. (Facebook)

THIMPHU, Bhutan (Morning Star News) – Prosecutors in this tiny Buddhist kingdom in the Himalayas are charging one of two pastors arrested in March with illegally collecting funds and have dropped charges against both of lacking permission to screen a film, sources said. The Office of the Attorney General in April charged M.B. Thapa, known […]

Christian Girl Raped in Pakistan Kept from Medical Care for Two Days

Muslim relatives of suspect issue threats, hold father hostage.

Noor Mosque in Daska, Pakistan. (Wikimedia)

LAHORE, Pakistan  (Morning Star News) – Threats by the Muslim family of a villager in Punjab Province who raped a 7-year-old Christian girl prevented her from receiving hospital care for two days, sources said. Targeted under the assumption of impunity for Muslims who attack Christians, the young daughter of a farmhand in Malhe Ki village […]

Family of Christian Shot Dead in Pakistan Doubts Suicide Claim

Muslim threatened 24-year-old father of two for declining Islam.

Sunny Masih, said to be murdered by Muslim for declining Islam. (Morning Star News)

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – The family of a 24-year-old Christian who died yesterday accuses a bank security guard of shooting the young man dead after the guard threatened him for refusing to convert to Islam. Sunny Masih, a father of two, was working as a cleaner at a branch of Bank Islami under construction on Nisbat […]

Two Pastors in Bhutan Jailed without Charges

Interior minister cites ‘proselytizing,’ but police find no evidence.

Bhutan Minister of Home and Cultural Affairs Damcho Dorji. (Facebook)

THIMPHU, Bhutan (Morning Star News) – Two pastors in southern Bhutan have spent more than a month in jail without being formally charged. Police arrested M.B. Thapa (aka Lobzang) and Tandin Wangyal in Khapdani village in Samtse District on March 5. Minister of Home and Cultural Affairs Damcho Dorji said at a recent press conference that […]

Christian Couple in Pakistan Sentenced to Death for ‘Blasphemy’

Sentence comes eight days after second Christian handed death penalty.

Shafqat Emmanuel (Morning Star News via World Vision in Progress)

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – A Christian couple in Punjab Province incapable of writing proper Urdu was sentenced to death today for allegedly sending blasphemous text messages, bringing the number of Christians on death row in Pakistan to four. In a country reeling from increasing religious intolerance, the death knell for Shafqat Emmanuel and Shugufta […]

Upcoming Election in India Brings Fear, Insecurity for Christians amid Unrelenting Persecution

Report shows uptick in attacks last year compared with 2012.

Narendra Modi (second from left) in photo from poster at 2006 Hindu nationalist rally in Gujarat. (Morning Star News)

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – With a report showing Christians in India faced at least 151 attacks last year, predictions that a Hindu nationalist party will win a general election beginning in April are stoking fears of more violence. The New Delhi-based Evangelical Fellowship of India (EFI), which released its “Partial List of Atrocities on […]

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