Pakistan court to hear appeal against Asia Bibi blasphemy acquittal

By Harriet Sherwood | The Guardian Pakistan’s supreme court is to consider a petition on Tuesday against the acquittal of Asia Bibi, a Christian woman whose blasphemy conviction was overturned in October. Bibi, who spent eight years on death row, has been held at a secret location since her ... Read More

Russia must stop persecuting Jehovah’s Witnesses

By The Washington Post More than 600 days have passed since Russian police in Orel, south of Moscow, arrested Dennis Christensen, a Danish national and self-employed carpenter and builder who was active in the local Jehovah’s Witnesses faith. He has been held in a detention center since the ... Read More

Indonesian Christian ex-governor Ahok released

By World Watch Monitor Jakarta’s former governor, known widely and simply as “Ahok”, walked out of prison today, 24 January, after serving nearly two years for blasphemy. He was granted early release, four months ahead of schedule, for good behavior. Outside prison in West-Java he was ... Read More

CRIMEA: Four years’ jail for mosque meetings

By Felix Corley | Forum 18 Crimea’s Supreme Court jailed 49-year-old Muslim Renat Suleimanov for four years for meeting with others in mosques to discuss their faith. Three others were given suspended sentences. All were accused of membership of the Tabligh Jamaat missionary movement, ... Read More

Malaysia: religious freedom in chaos

By Ruth K’lama | Mission Network News Malaysia (MNN) – Last fall, a Member of Parliament in Malaysia issued a public call for religious freedom, the first of its kind, according to the Religious Freedom Institute. Ms. Kasthuri Patto was urging the government to sign the UN Declaration ... Read More

Governor convicted of blasphemy freed from Indonesian prison

By Stephen Wright and Niniek Karmini | Associated Press JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A polarizing Christian politician whose campaign comments ignited the largest protests in years in Muslim-majority Indonesia was freed Thursday after serving nearly two years in prison for blasphemy. Basuki ... Read More

Chinese bishops’ chief vows to press ahead with Sinicization

By UCA News The president of China’s state-sanctioned bishops’ conference has pledged to work with the Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association (CCPA) to develop the Sinicization of religion in the communist nation. Bishop Joseph Ma Yinglin of Kunming was speaking after Wang Zuoan, ... Read More

Suspected Muslim rebels storm Thai temple, kill 2 monks

By Associated Press HAT YAI, Thailand (AP) — Gunmen presumed to be Muslim insurgents stormed a Buddhist temple in southern Thailand, killing two monks and wounding two others, police said Saturday. The Friday night attack in Narathiwat province was the latest in a recent upsurge of violence ... Read More

China’s Imperial Brutality

By David Kilgour | Convivium About 20 million Muslim and Turkic-speaking Uyghurs, who make up the largest community in China’s far-west province of Xinjiang, are facing brutal repression by police and others acting on behalf of the Beijing government. After Mao Zedong occupied Xinjiang ... Read More

Iranian Court Rules that Being a Baha’i is Not a Crime

By Kian Sabeti | Iranwire An Iranian Baha’i woman accused of “propaganda against the regime” has been acquitted in a historic verdict that activists hope signals a move away from the discriminatory policies against the country’s largest religious minority community. The verdict in the ... Read More

The cone of silence around China’s Muslim ‘gulags’

By Ishaan Tharoor | The Washington Post It’s unclear how many people are living in some sort of detention in Xinjiang, the restive region in China’s far west. Last month, a State Department official testified before a Senate committee that Chinese authorities have “indefinitely detained ... Read More

Britain commissions review of Christian persecution worldwide

By Reuters LONDON (Reuters) – Britain has commissioned an independent review into the persecution of Christians to find practical steps to support followers of a religion that it said has been subject to a dramatic rise in violence worldwide. Some 215 million Christians worldwide faced ... Read More

Canada Summer Jobs: 2019 Applications Now Open

David Anderson, Member of Parliament for Cypress Hills–Grasslands, would like to inform his constituents that Employment and Social Development Canada is now accepting applications for the 2019 Canada Summer Jobs program. A number of changes to the program have been implemented: ... Read More

Two Pakistani Christian brothers sentenced to death for blasphemy

By World Watch Monitor A Pakistani court last week sentenced two Christian brothers to death for blasphemy. Since their arrest in 2014, Qaisar and Amoon Ayub had been held in District Jail Jhelum, in Punjab province, 200 km north of Lahore, for allegedly posting “disrespectful material” on ... Read More