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“Situation for India’s religious minorities is at tipping point” – report

A report by a religious freedom watchdog shows a dramatic increase in the number of attacks on Christians and Muslims in India in the last four years and “the situation … is at a tipping point”. The number of reported incidents in the first three months of 2018 was greater […]

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Raymond Koh's wife Susanna Liew together with church leaders and rights activists called on Malaysia's Prime Minister to open a new investigation into his disappearance. (Photo: World Watch Monitor)

Malaysia: Exactly 2 years since Raymond Koh’s abduction, his wife asks...

Two years since the disappearance of Malaysian pastor Raymond Koh in broad daylight, his family has asked the country’s Prime Minister to order a new investigation into his kidnapping. “It has already been two years and until now there’s no result [of the inquiry]. We are at our wits’ end. […]

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Churches like this one in Cordoba, neighbouring Antioquia, are a threat to armed groups as their message discourages young people to join them. (Photo: World Watch Monitor)

Another Colombian pastor killed, leaving the church ‘terrified’

A Colombian pastor was killed as he left his church last week in the northwest of the country, in a region that has been plagued by violence from armed groups, local sources told World Watch Monitor. Pastor Leider Molina, 24, had just finished preaching in his church in Caucasia, Antioquia […]

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Nigeria elections: Whomever wins, Christians hope for justice and security

As Nigerians are preparing to go to the polls tomorrow to elect a new president, Boko Haram has been stepping up attacks in the northeast of the country, making it difficult if not impossible for people to vote. On Tuesday, 12 February, the Islamist militants attacked Madagali town, Gulak, Magar […]

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To flee or not to flee?

It is sometimes said that the Middle East is being denuded of Christians. Against this, church leaders throughout the Middle East urge Christians to remain in their country, or, where conflict makes that impossible, then to at least stay in the region. The emigration of Christians from the Middle East […]

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The ‘remarkable religious transformation’ of Vietnam’s Hmong

Christianity started spreading among the Hmong in the highlands of northwest and central Vietnam in the late 1980s through a Hmong-language Christian radio program broadcast from Manila and has led to “a remarkable religious transformation … in the past three decades”, according to academic Seb Rumsby, writing for The Diplomat. Among […]

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US tells Sudan to ‘immediately suspend’ church demolitions

The US Deputy Secretary of State has called on Sudan to “immediately suspend” its demolition of churches and to hold a roundtable discussion with Christian leaders to resolve disputes. John J. Sullivan, speaking at the Al-Neelain Mosque in Omdurman on Friday (17 November), said “the treatment of members of religious […]

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Nigeria elections: Whomever wins, Christians hope for justice and security

As Nigerians are preparing to go to the polls tomorrow to elect a new president, Boko Haram has been stepping up attacks in the northeast of the country, making it difficult if not impossible for people to vote. On Tuesday, 12 February, the Islamist militants attacked Madagali town, Gulak, Magar […]

The post Nigeria elections: Whomever wins, Christians hope for justice and security appeared first on World Watch Monitor.

Churches like this one in Cordoba, neighbouring Antioquia, are a threat to armed groups as their message discourages young people to join them. (Photo: World Watch Monitor)

Another Colombian pastor killed, leaving the church ‘terrified’

A Colombian pastor was killed as he left his church last week in the northwest of the country, in a region that has been plagued by violence from armed groups, local sources told World Watch Monitor. Pastor Leider Molina, 24, had just finished preaching in his church in Caucasia, Antioquia […]

The post Another Colombian pastor killed, leaving the church ‘terrified’ appeared first on World Watch Monitor.

Raymond Koh's wife Susanna Liew together with church leaders and rights activists called on Malaysia's Prime Minister to open a new investigation into his disappearance. (Photo: World Watch Monitor)

Malaysia: Exactly 2 years since Raymond Koh’s abduction, his wife asks...

Two years since the disappearance of Malaysian pastor Raymond Koh in broad daylight, his family has asked the country’s Prime Minister to order a new investigation into his kidnapping. “It has already been two years and until now there’s no result [of the inquiry]. We are at our wits’ end. […]

The post Malaysia: Exactly 2 years since Raymond Koh’s abduction, his wife asks PM to intervene appeared first on World Watch Monitor.

“Situation for India’s religious minorities is at tipping point” – report

A report by a religious freedom watchdog shows a dramatic increase in the number of attacks on Christians and Muslims in India in the last four years and “the situation … is at a tipping point”. The number of reported incidents in the first three months of 2018 was greater […]

The post “Situation for India’s religious minorities is at tipping point” – report appeared first on World Watch Monitor.

A Christian police officer in Ethiopia's eastern Somali region was advised to return to Islam but refused, claiming a constitutional right to religious freedom. (Photo: World Watch Monitor)

Ethiopia: Ethnic Somali Christian police man forced to relocate after talking...

An Ethiopian police officer was arrested, dismissed and forced to move to another part of the country after he told colleagues about his Christian faith The 25-year-old man, who grew up in Ethiopia’s eastern Somali region as a member of the nearly 100 percent Muslim Somali tribe, became a Christian […]

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Bibi with Punjab Governor, Salmaan Taseer, who was assassinated in 2011 for supporting her case. (Photo: Office of the Governor of Punjab)

Pakistani top court rejects review, setting Christian woman Asia Bibi free

After nine years in prison for blasphemy, the Pakistani Christian woman Asia Bibi is free to go after the Supreme Court today, 29 January, upheld her acquittal from the death penalty conviction for blasphemy. The panel considering a review of last year’s verdict by the Supreme Court – which had acquitted her based […]

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Bibi with Punjab Governor, Salmaan Taseer, who was assassinated in 2011 for supporting her case. (Photo: Office of the Governor of Punjab)

Wife beaten so badly she can’t walk, and he’s now deep...

In what might be a first-ever, a Pakistani lower court in mid-January acquitted a Christian of blasphemy after a three year trial – for lack of evidence against him.  However, before his arrest on the false charge, Pervaiz Masih’s wife was brutally tortured by the police as they sought to […]

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Philippines: Authorities say church bombing not connected to Mindanao referendum

In one of the deadliest attacks in the southern Philippines in years, a bomb blast at a church killed at least 20 people and injured 112 on Sunday morning, 27 January. Among the dead are five soldiers who came to the rescue after the first bomb went off inside the […]

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Indonesian Christian ex-governor Ahok released

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 greeted by his eldest son and Nicholas and […]

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