TAJIKISTAN: Fines for Bible Translation
  • 26 March 2020

Over the past six months, the leaders of four different churches in Tajikistan have received huge fines because they were part of a plan to create a new Tajik translation of the Bible. According to some Tajik Christians, the current translations available in their language use archaic words and sometimes the translation is unclear. In […]

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TAJIKISTAN: Christians Arrested and Fined
  • 23 August 2018

Ten Christians were arrested by the security police in Tajikistan on 7 August. The group had gone to the Pamirs mountain area to share the Gospel and hand out Christian literature in Russian, Tajik and other local languages. According to a partner of Release International, the group were later released but were fined $1,000 by […]

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CHINA: House Church Receives Large Fine
  • 23 August 2018

Shi Xinping, leader of a house church in Zongdian, Henan Province, was fined 50,000 yuan, or about $9,940, by the Regional Religious Affairs Committee for organising illegal activities without reporting them to the Department of Religious Affairs. His church, the Hanzhuang Village house church, received three government notices in one week. The first warned of […]

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CHINA: Increased Pressure on House Church Gatherings
  • 08 March 2018

According to Christians in China’s central Henan province, the local public security bureaus and religious affairs bureaus have started targeting house church members with threats and fines since early February. A new initiative in Nanyang, Henan, explicitly forbids any kind of religious gatherings in people’s homes. Anyone caught attending or hosting meetings outside of a […]

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LAOS: Christians Released
  • 22 February 2018

Six Christians in Laos who spent more than a month in jail for celebrating Christmas have now been set free. The Christians in Vientiane province were taken into custody because they had not sought official permission to hold a Christmas celebration. Most were ethnic Hmong and new believers. As part of their celebrations, they invited […]

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