Rebel Force Attacks Churches in Burma

Extremist militants aim to restrict missionary activity, sources say.

YANGON, Burma (Morning Star News) – Ethnic Wa rebels this month shut down churches or destroyed their buildings and temporarily detained several clergymen in eastern Burma (Myanmar), sources said. On the border with China, soldiers of Myanmar’s largest ethnic rebel group, the United Wa State Army (UWSA), attacked the churches in the rebel’s autonomous region in […]

Closure of Large Church in Beijing Deepens Shadow on Religious Freedom in China

Crack-down escalates significantly, advocate says.

(Morning Star News) – The growing crack-down on unofficial churches in China deepened on Sunday (Sept. 9) when authorities closed one of the largest churches in Beijing, according to reports. The Beijing Chaoyang District Civil Affairs Bureau informed Zion Church that it was “legally banned” for organizing events without registering as an official Three-Self Patriotic […]

Military-Backed Forces in Burma Beat Two Youth Pastors, Sources Say

Military abuses of predominantly Christian Kachin continue.

YANGON, Burma (Morning Star News) – Burmese army-backed militia beat two youth pastors in northern Burma (Myanmar) last week, detaining one of them overnight at the force’s base, sources said. At the home of one of the Christians in Kachin state, members of the army-based Border Guard Force (BGF) on Tuesday (July 31) kicked and beat […]

Islamic Extremist Suicide Bomber Family Attacks Three Churches in East Java, Indonesia

Deadliest assault in more than a decade on the archipelago.

(Morning Star News) – Islamic extremists in Indonesia, including a family of suicide bombers that targeted three churches, launched multiple attacks yesterday and today that reportedly killed at least 12 people not including the assailants. The father of the family that killed the Christians on Sunday (May 13), Dita Futrianto, was the suspected head of […]

Burma Bombing Drives Christian, Ethnic Kachin Civilians from their Homes

Government forces restrict access to villagers trapped in the wilds, sources say.

YANGON, Burma (Morning Star News) – The Burma (Myanmar) military in April bombed predominantly Christian, ethnic Kachin civilians and restricted aid to displaced villagers trapped in the wilds, sources said. Burma government forces fired artillery and dropped bombs on Awng Lawt village in mid-April near the northern town of Tanai, Kachin state, sending 2,000 villagers fleeing […]

Two Pastors in Burma Freed from Prison

Baptist leaders jailed for helping media cover bombing of civilian sites, sources say.

YANGON, Burma (Morning Star News) – After spending more than a year in prison, two assistant pastors arrested by the Burma (Myanmar) army were freed on Tuesday (17 April) under a government amnesty program. Dom Dawng Nawng Latt, 65, and La Jaw Gam Hseng, 35, were among more than 8,500 prisoners granted amnesty by newly elected President U Win Myint, sources said. […]

Christians in Malaysia to Fight for Rights after Court Ruling on Conversion

Legal clarity remains elusive.

(Morning Star News) – In the wake of the highest court in Malaysia refusing to hear an appeal by four Christians wanting to officially convert out of Islam, Christian leaders continued to hold hope for change. In a country where there is no legal way to leave Islam, the four people were asking the Federal […]

Highest Court in Malaysia to Hear Appeal of Christian Converts from Islam

Four people seek to have their faith legally recognized.

(Morning Star News) – On Monday (Feb. 26) the highest court in Malaysia is scheduled to hear the appeal of four people who wish to have their conversions from Islam to Christianity legally recognized. In a country where there is no legal way to leave Islam, the four people are asking the Federal Court to […]

Muslim Extremist Who Attacked Church in Indonesia Tried to Go to Syria

Priest, three parishioners and policeman wounded in sword attack.

(Morning Star News) – A Muslim extremist who attacked a Catholic church in Indonesia on Sunday (Feb. 11) had tried to go to Syria, according to reports. The 23-year-old identified as Suliyono of Bayuwangi in East Java wounded a priest and three others during Mass at St. Lidwina Catholic Church in Central Java’s city of Yogyakarta. […]

Fighting in Burma Hits Civilians in Christian Areas on Christmas Eve

Christians spend another Christmas in fear.

YANGON, Burma (Morning Star News) – Government military operations in northern Burma (Myanmar) escalated in December, culminating in civilian casualties on Christmas Eve that left Christians feeling attacked in part for their faith. Offensives against rebel groups in Kachin state, where predominantly Christian, ethnic Kachin live, displaced dozens of villagers and seriously injured two civilians on […]