Kachin Christians face death from above and below

Kachin Christians continue to flee  attacks by the Myanmar (Burmese) Army and face the dual deadly threats of landmines and shelling, according to aid agency Barnabas Fund. Barnabas Fund sources said they had learned in recent days of a number of Kachin Christians who have been wounded by shrapnel from […] from World – Global … More Kachin Christians face death from above and below

Anti-conversion laws could be repealed in North Indian state

Decades-old anti-conversion laws which were targetted against Christians could be repealed in the north Indian State of Arunachal Pradesh. The state’s Chief Minister, Pema Khandu, told journalists that the legislation “could undermine secularism and is probably targeted towards Christians.” The law, officially called the Arunachal Pradesh Freedom of Religion Act, was introduced […] from World – Global … More Anti-conversion laws could be repealed in North Indian state

New Laos laws could lead to prosecution of churches

A new decree issued by the Laos government in December 2017 and now being enforced across the country leaves Christians and churches vulnerable to prosecution. The vaguely worded law requires “associations”, a catch all term which covers groups from clubs to non-profits, to meet stringent registration criteria. Associations are also prohibited […] from World – Global … More New Laos laws could lead to prosecution of churches

Algerian crackdown as third church is closed in 2018

Police in the Algerian port city of Bejaia shut down a church on 11 July 2018, claiming that the congregation did not have official approval to meet. The church is the third to be shut by Algerian authorities so far in 2018, although two churches closed in the north-western district of Oran […] from World – Global … More Algerian crackdown as third church is closed in 2018

Muslim mob attack Christian homes after Egypt blasphemy accusation

The homes of Egyptian Christians were attacked last week after a member of the Christian community was accused of insulting Islam on social media. Police subsequently arrested 90 Muslims in the village of Menbal in the Minya governate. They were charged with mob violence, inciting sedition and attacking police. Abdu Adel Ayad, a […] from World – Global … More Muslim mob attack Christian homes after Egypt blasphemy accusation

Myanmar Army destroy more than 60 churches

More than 60 churches have been bombed or burned by the Myanmar army in the last 18 months, as the military has stepped up its violent operations in Kachin regions, according to reports by visiting Western church leaders. A Sky News correspondent stated in June 2018 that the army’s brutal tactics, which include […] from World – Global … More Myanmar Army destroy more than 60 churches

Church stands up for peace in divided South Sudan

Church leaders in South Sudan continue to push for peace in the face of ethnic divisions which have fuelled years of conflict. South Sudan descended into civil war shortly after the majority-Christian south secured independence from Muslim north Sudan in 2013. Although church leaders campaigned together to secure independence from the hard-line […] from World – Global … More Church stands up for peace in divided South Sudan

Kurdish government penalises Christians with extra tax

Christians businesses are are being discriminated against by the Kurdish Regional government by being charged an extra tax. A decree last month by the government means that shops and businesses in Ankawa, a predominantly Christian neighbourhood of Erbil in Iraq, must pay extra fees when they renew business licences. Ankawa Today, […] from World – Global … More Kurdish government penalises Christians with extra tax

Christian leader shot dead in Central African Republic

A minister was shot dead this week in the Central African Republic, the third killing of a Christian leader in recent months in the troubled country. Firmin Gbagoua, 52, was shot dead by gunmen thought to be from an Islamist rebel group, after walking into his home in Bambari on 29 June. […] from World – Global … More Christian leader shot dead in Central African Republic

UK refuses to accept any Syrian Christian refugees in latest statisticsNo Christians at all among 1,112 Syrian refugees resettled in the UK this year

The UK government is failing Syrian Christian refugees according to persecuted church aid agency, Barnabas Fund. Barnabas Fund researchers found that the Home Office had failed to resettle any Syrian Christians in the first quarter of this year. The newly obtained statistics revealed that the UNHCR (UN High Commission on […] from World – Global … More UK refuses to accept any Syrian Christian refugees in latest statisticsNo Christians at all among 1,112 Syrian refugees resettled in the UK this year