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 […]

Two Pastors in Burma Sentenced to Prison 

No basis for conviction of Baptist leaders, sources say.

YANGON, Burma (Morning Star News) – Two assistant pastors arrested by the Burma (Myanmar) army last December were sentenced to prison on Friday (Oct. 27) on false charges of unlawful association, defaming the military and spying, sources said. Pastor Dom Dawng Nawng Latt, 65, received a prison term of four years and three months, and fellow […]

Authorities in China Detain Pastor, Daughter and 3-year-old Grandson

In neighboring province, government-hired thug threatens to kill family.

(Morning Star News) – While a government-hired thug in China threatened to kill a Christian family, officials in a neighboring province arrested a pastor, her daughter and her 3-year-old grandson, sources said. In Xinning, Hubei Province in the central part of the country, police and religious affairs officials upset by a house church’s outreach arrested […]

China Tightens Control on Churches, Enforces Law Against Teaching Children

Officials order house-church members to stay home.

(Morning Star News) – China has tightened its “choke-hold” on churches across the country in recent weeks, according to advocacy group China Aid. Recent bans on unregistered church worship and on teaching Christianity to children, “as if intending to eliminate all house churches at once,” have startled Christians, a China Aid source reported. In Guangzhou, […]

Christian Rights Activists in Vietnam Charged with Serious ‘Crimes’

Officials accuse advocates of seeking to 'overthrow' government.

(Morning Star News) – After 19 long months of investigative detention following his Dec. 16, 2015 arrest, renowned human rights attorney Nguyen Van Dai was finally charged with a crime on July 30. Vietnamese authorities charged Dai, 35-year-old legal associate Le Thu Ha and four other human rights activists, including Pastor Nguyen Trung Ton, 45, […]

Buddhists in Burma Attack, Injure Newly Converted Christians 

Angry mob ruins properties.

YANGON, Burma (Morning Star News) – About 150 angry Buddhists and monks this month attacked newly converted Christians in Burma (Myanmar), destroying their homes and property and injuring seven people. In Thi Taw village in northwest Burma’s Sagaing Region, the mob threw stones and broke into houses on July 6, two days after two families put […]

Pakistan’s Calculated Spin on Apparent Killing of Chinese Evangelists

Interior ministry’s statement sends chilling message to foreign Christians.

(Morning Star News) – Islamabad’s claim that “violations” of business visas contributed to the murder of two Chinese evangelists last month served key government purposes. Lee Zing Yang (Li Xinheng is said to be the more accurate rendering), 24, and Meng Li Si (Meng Lisi), 26, were teaching Chinese to people in Pakistan, and, like […]