Islamic Extremists Kill 12 in Kenya

Islamic Extremists Kill 12 in Kenya

NAIROBI, Kenya (Morning Star News) – Islamic extremists targeted Christians in the shooting deaths of 12 non-local Kenyans at a guest-house in Kenya’s northeastern town of Mandera early this morning, sources said. Somali Al Shabaab rebels took responsibility for the pre-dawn attack on the guest-house, where a Kenyan theatre troupe from outside the area was staying, […]

‘They’re Censoring the Christian Voice’: Pakistan Shuts Down Christian Stations in Urdu

‘They’re Censoring the Christian Voice’: Pakistan Shuts Down Christian Stations in Urdu

Pakistan (Mission Network News) — Pakistan, already in the spotlight for religious freedom violations, now faces accusations of outright censorship. In an order issued three weeks ago, the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA), which regulates television broadcasts in Pakistan, shut down Christian stations broadcasting in Urdu. Bruce Allen, of Forgotten Missionaries International, described the […]

Vietnamese Government Urged to Revise Draft Law on Religion

Vietnamese Government Urged to Revise Draft Law on Religion

(Christian Solidarity Nationwide) — Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW), together with over 50 civil society organizations and Vietnamese religious groups, calls upon the Vietnamese government to further revise its draft Law on Belief and Religion, to conform with Vietnam’s obligations under international human rights law. This is Vietnam’s first law on religion and belief, and the current draft […]

Chinese House Church Penalized for Holding Services

Chinese House Church Penalized for Holding Services

(China Aid) — Accused of gathering a congregation for religious services, a house church in China’s southwestern Sichuan province received orders on Sept. 2 to immediately stop meeting at their building and adhere to a list of restrictions. Issued to Zhang Daichun, a member of the church, a document entitled “Notice of Order to Reform” […]

Five Convicted, Sentenced in Slayings of Turkish Christians

Five Convicted, Sentenced in Slayings of Turkish Christians

ISTANBUL, Turkey (Morning Star News) – After a nine-year legal saga, a Turkish criminal court today sentenced five men to life in prison for the torture and murder of three Christians in southeast Turkey in 2007. The Malatya First Heavy Penal Court found Salih Gurler, Cuma Ozdemir, Abuzer Yildirim, Hamit Ceker and Emre Gunaydin guilty on […]

China Tightens Grip on Religion

China Tightens Grip on Religion

(World Watch Monitor) — The Chinese government has released a set of proposed amendments to its rules regulating religious affairs, as President Xi Jinping attempts to exert even greater control over how religion is practiced. The new set of amendments, released to the public on 7 Sep. for a one-month consultation period, includes guidelines on […]