Indonesia Joins Repressive Islamic Regimes in Sentencing Ahok to Prison for ‘Blasphemy’

Statute treads on human rights in world’s largest Islamic country.
May 9, 2017 (Morning Star News)
Indonesia took a huge leap backwards in its reputation as a moderate Islamic democracy today when a court sentenced the Christian governor of Jakarta, Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama, to two years in prison for “blaspheming” the Koran.

The blasphemy accusation was key […]

Pastor in India Loses Hearing from Assault by Hindu Extremists Officials ignored his complaint of attack two months prior

HYDERABAD, India, May 9, 2017
(Morning Star News)
A pastor in eastern India’s Bihar state has lost his hearing after Hindu extremists assaulted him outside his home on church premises last month, sources said.

Doctors at a Hajipur government hospital determined the loss of hearing and wounds on Pastor Sikandar Kumar’s body were a result of being beaten […]

Church Building Demolished, Two Christians Arrested in Sudan One of at least 25 on government list of targeted houses of worship

JUBA, South Sudan (Morning Star News) Khartoum state authorities in Sudan demolished a church building yesterday (May 7) as Christians were preparing to worship, sources said.

In the Khartoum suburb of Soba al Aradi, which began as a refugee camp for south Sudanese, a bulldozer sent by Jebel Aulia locality and the Ministry of Planning and […]

Violence against Muslims Accused of Blasphemy in Pakistan Spurs Calls for Reform of Laws

LAHORE, Pakistan, May 1, 2017
(Morning Star News)
Gruesome violence against Muslims accused of blasphemy in Pakistan has reignited calls for amending blasphemy statutes commonly used to persecute Christians.

The lynching of a Muslim student over blasphemy charges at a university in northwestern Pakistan, the murder of a blasphemy accused Muslim in Punjab Province and mob violence against […]

Police, Mob Attack Synod Guard’s Quarters, Arrest His Family in Omdurman, Sudan.

JUBA, South Sudan, April 26, 2017 (Morning Star News)

Three weeks after an elder was killed in an attack on church property in Omdurman, Sudan, a mob with police on Monday (April 24) ransacked the living quarters of the compound guard and arrested his family, sources said.

Police accompanied by a mob demolished part of the room […]

Muslim Extremists Destroy Pastor’s Farm, Church Building in Eastern Uganda

NAIROBI, Kenya, April 21, 2017 (Morning Star News)
A pastor in eastern Uganda is without his home, farm and church building after Muslim extremists armed with swords and clubs rampaged through his property on March 27, he said.

The band of nine Muslims, who also carried blunt metal objects, were shouting the jihadist slogan “Allah Akbar [God […]

Police, Local Officials Complicit in Buddhist Attacks on Churches in Sri Lanka

April 20, 2017 (Morning Star News)
Police and local officials in Sri Lanka declined to recognize Buddhist aggression against churches and in some cases encouraged persecution of Christians in the first four months of the year, a report indicates.

Police initially refused to register a case when a mob led by Buddhist monks assaulted the pastor of […]

Bombings at Two Churches in Egypt Turn Palm Sunday into Scenes of Carnage

April 9, 2017, (Morning Star News)
Bomb attacks on two Coptic churches holding Palm Sunday services in Egypt today killed at least 44 people and injured more than 100 others, according to reports.

The first bomb exploded in the Nile Delta city of Tanta, at St. George’s Coptic Orthodox Church about 60 miles north of Cairo, killing […]

Two Pastors in Burma Detained More than Three Months Without Trial Baptist leaders tried to help couple who lost their house

YANGON, Burma, April 7, 2017
Two assistant pastors arrested by the Burma army have been jailed without trial for more than three months, sources said.

Pastors Dom Dawng Nawng Latt, 65, and 35-year-old La Jaw Gam Hseng were arrested on Dec. 24 after helping local journalists cover military conflict in northern Shan state, eastern Burma (Myanmar), where […]

More than 200 People Killed in Christian Areas of Nasarawa, Nigeria this Year

KEFFI, Nigeria, March 28, 2017
Armed attacks by Muslim Fulani herdsmen on predominantly Christian communities in Nasarawa state this year have left more than 200 people dead and destroyed homes and farms, sources said.

One such attack on a worship service on March 19 in the central Nigerian state’s Oshugu village killed two Christians and displaced hundreds […]