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NEPAL: Assaulted Pastor Recovering from Trauma

More than a month after Pastor Dhurba Kumar Pariyar was attacked by Maoist rebels, he remains in pain and faces mental trauma. Despite that, he has found strength in the Scriptures, as well as the testimonies of others who have suffered for their faith. Pastor

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NEPAL: Five Christians Arrested

Five Christians, including two foreign nationals, were arrested on 23 April on allegations of attempted proselytisation. The arrests happened during an early morning raid on a hotel in Ghorahi. The police seized Bibles, computers and other items, including cash. Before being arrested for preaching Christianity

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NEPAL: Christians Blamed for Villagers’ Deaths

When five people died within a week in a small Nepalese village in January, the only Christian family in the Hindu village was blamed for the deaths. Gianprakash and his family were asked to leave the village because they were following a foreign God. One

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NEPAL: Christians Fear Enactment of New Anti-Conversion Law

The enactment of new legislation criminalising religious conversion in Nepal has sparked a heightened sense of fear and insecurity among Christian minorities. The Civil and Criminal Codes, which came into effect on 17 August to replace the General Code that was in place for 165

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NEPAL: President Signs Anti Conversion Bill into Law

A Criminal Code Bill, which includes clauses that criminalise religious conversion and the “hurting of religious sentiment,” was signed into law on 16 October by Nepali President Bidhya Devi Bhandari. The Bill was passed by the Nepali parliament on 8 August. Human rights defenders had

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NEPAL: Christians Freed

Four Nepali Christians sentenced last year to five years in prison for “violence and witchcraft,” after praying for a mentally ill woman, have been released after their sentences were overturned. In a statement, the Federation of National Christian, Nepal (FNCN) thanked the court for “setting

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NEPAL: Bible Distribution

In a dry riverbed about 600-700 people walked for more than 6 hours to receive a Bible. Nothing else was promised them – just a Bible. On receiving their Bible some cried, some kissed the pages – everyone prayed, giving thanks for God’s gift to

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Evangelism and New Believers

“Why should I choose Jesus instead of my Hindu gods?” the young man asked. Our team of evangelists were excited for the opportunity to answer his question. After explaining the Gospel to the young man, he became troubled when he understood that all his Hindu

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NEPAL: Eight Christians Cleared of Charges

Eight Nepali Christians were cleared of “proselytising” charges on 6 December, bringing a close to their ordeal. “Praise the Lord!” a VOM contact said. “All eight Christians having court case got clean sheet today. We are thankful to all who continuously prayed and helped in

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NEPAL: Christians Freed After False Accusations

Eight Christians, including two school principals, have been released from custody after being held for several days on accusations of distributing Bible literature to children. Police made the arrests on 9 June based on a 2015 amendment to the Nepalese constitution which states in part

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NEPAL: Seven Christians Arrested

Seven people, including proprietors of two private schools, were arrested on 9 June in Dolakha district, Nepal, accused of converting others to Christianity because they were distributing Bible handbooks to children. Those arrested were the principals of Mount Valley Boarding School and Modern Nepal School

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NEPAL: Two Churches Bombed by Hindu Radicals

Two churches in eastern Nepal were bombed on 15 September by a Hindu radical group demanding that Nepal be a Hindu nation. Both the Jyoti Church in Damak-10 and Emmanuel Church in Khajurgachi were significantly damaged, while a bomb planted at a church in Gauradha

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NEPAL: New Constitution could make Christianity Illegal

Nepali Christians fear that proposed amendments to Nepal’s new constitution, likely to come into effect by mid-August after seven years of parliamentary discussions, could eventually render all Christian activity illegal. Christians are deeply concerned that the draft, though it affirms the right to profess and

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