PAKISTAN: Series of Sexual Assaults
  • 05 September 2019

Five young Christian girls have been sexually assaulted in different parts of the province of Punjab in just the last two months. Christian women and girls are among Pakistan’s most vulnerable members of society. In many cases, they are considered soft targets for abuse and assault because they are a double minority. To the assailants, […]

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CHINA: Exorbitant Fines Imposed on Landlords of Religious Venues
  • 08 August 2019

A new strategy has raised the level of fear among the church in China. Anyone renting to a house church can be punished with a steep fine – up to $45,000. The measure, supported with much publicity, has left many churches homeless. A Christian from an impoverished household in Luanchuan County used to host small […]

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INDONESIA: Muslim Hard-liners Prevent Church Holding Service
  • 01 August 2019

Despite having the required government permit, a protestant church in Jakarta has not been able to hold services, thanks to Muslim hard-liners’ protests and threats. They claim the church is located in a predominantly Muslim residential area in the Cengkareng district of West Jakarta – too close to a mosque and an Islamic boarding school. […]

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PAKISTAN: Terrorist Threat to Pakistan Churches
  • 18 April 2019

Authorities in Pakistan fear that a terrorist linked to Islamic State is planning an attack that could target Christians in Punjab province at Easter. The bomber is likely to try to carry out a suicide attack in Lahore, according to a contact of VOM’s partner office in the UK. Easter has been a particularly dangerous […]

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NEPAL: Christians Blamed for Villagers’ Deaths
  • 28 March 2019

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 night, six young men came to Gianprakash’s home, shouting and […]

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