Archives for September 2007

Algeria Persecutes Christians

Five people were sentenced earlier in June for charges related preaching Christian doctrine and public order offences by virtue of the on the religious practice in Algeria approved by the government in 2006. The sentences vary between one year sentence with no remission and one year suspended sentence with a 5000 AD fine.

Public authorities started implementing the legal texts ruling the religious practice in Algeria. Five people are to be tried for Christian doctrine preaching as well as public order offending.

Hindu leader says Christians converts to lose the right to be Indian

DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA : — “Those who convert to Christianity will lose their right to be Indian,” said a Hindu religious leader in South Africa, a view which has hurt and caused rifts within the Christian Community.

According to the report from Christian Today (, Thillayvel Naidoo, a Tamil linguist and an executive member of the South African Hindu Maha Sabha, an organization representing various Hindu organizations, made these remarks after a Christian convert, Deena Muthen, urged people to maintain their language and culture even if they convert.

Muthen, now a

Chinese House Church leader arrested, jailed

China : — A well-known house church leader was formally arrested on August 31 for receiving 3 tons of bibles.

According to China Aid Association (CAA), Mr. Zhou Heng is also the manager of a registered bookstore which is called Yayi Christian Book Room which is used to sell some Christianity related books published legally and officially inside China. His bookstore was already forced to close after his arrest by the local authority.

CAA says Mr.

Anti- [christian] conversion laws in India

RAIPUR, CHHATTISGARH, INDIA :– The Governor of the Indian state of Chhattisgarh has objected to the ‘anti-conversion bills’ to the dismay of the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), who wanted to push through the bill as it has done in Gujarat state.

According to the report carried by Christian Today (, the Governor, Ekkadu Srinivasan Lakshmi Narasimhan, and his predecessor, KM Seth, raised objections to two provisions-“obtaining permission from the district collector before any conversion”, “and allowing people to return to Hinduism and not treating this

More Persecution in India

Chhattisgarh, August 29 (News) – Two pastors were arrested on charges of “hurting religious feelings” and fraudulent conversion on August 26 after Hindu extremists and police disrupted a church’s Sunday worship following the baptism of five converts in Chhattisgarh state. Arun Pannalal, general secretary of the Chhattisgarh Christian Forum, said extremists from the Dharam Sena entered the church shouting anti-Christian slogans and, accompanied by police, made allegations of forcible conversion where 52 people were worshipping in Bhilai sector, Durg district.

Baptist and Pentecostals persecuted in Uzbekistan

A small Baptist congregation in Uzbekistan is under fire again from authorities.

The charge is failing to comply with a mandatory registration requirement. The church flock in Khalkabad near Pap in the eastern Namangan Region of Uzbekistan was harassed four years ago for not registering its activities with authorities.

Uzbekistan is in Central Asia, north of Afghanistan.

Local Baptists told Forum 18 News Service that police raided Sunday services on July 29 and August 5.

Pakistani Christian girls forced to marry muslims

ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN (BosNewsLife) — There was uncertainty Monday, August 27, about the situation of at least two missing Christian children in Pakistan who human rights investigators say have been forced to marry and convert to Islam, the latest in a series of anti-Christian incidents across the country

A marriage certificate for 16-year-old Shamaila Tabassum indicates that the marriage took place 12 days before her disappearance, earlier this month, said Direct News, a Christian news agency investigating reports of persecution.

The news agency cited another certificate which puts the

Koreans beaten for refusing to convert to Islam

Some of the South Korean Christian aid workers held hostage by Afghanistan’s Taliban said they were beaten for refusing to convert to Islam and protecting female captives, a hospital chief said Monday

“We found through medical checks that some male hostages were beaten,” Cha Seung-Gyun told reporters after the 19 freed aid workers — 14 women and five men — underwent examinations at a hospital outside Seoul.

They had returned home Sunday after six weeks in captivity.

“They said they were beaten at first for refusing to take part in Islamic prayers or for rejecting a demand to convert

Protestant Bishop and wife killed in Islamabad Pakistan

ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN : — A Protestant Bishop and his wife were killed in their home in the Pakistani capital of Islamabad on Wednesday night, August 29.

According to Christian Today, Bishop Arif Khan, a Pakistani-American citizen in his 50s, and his American wife Kathleen Khan 45, were found late Wednesday at their home in a residential neighborhood of Islamabad, said Manzoor Hussain, the local police chief.

Pastor kidnapped in Bangalore freed

NEW DELHI, INDIA — Christians on Sunday, August 26, managed to free an evangelical pastor who was kidnapped by Hindu militants in Bangalore, India’s third most populous city, shortly after he was beaten and nearly killed, an official told BosNewsLife.

Pastor Mark Jaikumar, 43, was kidnapped in Bangalore late Saturday, August 25, and “taken in a bus by Hindu radicals who drugged him” before driving him to [the town of] Shakleshpur”, about 130 kilometers (81 miles) from the city, confirmed Sajan George, president of the Bangalore-based Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC), a major advo


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