Religious Leaders End Protest Over Woman Sentenced For Blasphemy in Indonesia

By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent reporting from Jakarta, Indonesia

JAKARTA, INDONESIA (BosNewsLife)-- Religious leaders in Indonesia's North Sumatra province have reportedly agreed to stop protesting the prison term given to a local Buddhist woman for allegedly insulting Islam. Meiliana, a 44-year-old ethnic Chinese woman, had complained the Muslim call to prayer, repeated five times a day, was being played too loudly at the mosque near her house in the port town of Tanjung Balai in North Sumatra.

Sri Lanka Rocked By Attacks Against Christians, Churches


By BosNewsLife Asia Service with reporting by BosNewsLife's Stefan J. Bos

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COLOMBO, SRI LANKA (BosNewsLife)-- Sri Lanka has been rocked by attacks and threats against individual Christians, their pastors and congregations as part of a new wave of violence and intimidation by suspected Buddhist and Hindu militants that began three months ago, BosNewsLife established. Christians in Sri Lanka's Kagelle District have been especially targeted, with reports that at least three pastors and their congregations have been attacked by militants in the area. "They have been insulted verbally, had their properties burned, and undergone severe pressure to close their church doors,"said well-informed advocacy group Voice Of the Martyrs Canada (VOMC), which closely monitors the situation.

Laos Christians Jailed After Praying For Sick


By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife

laosVIENTIANE, LAOS (BosNewsLife)-- Five Christian leaders remained behind bars in southern Laos on Sunday, March 1, after they were sentenced to nine months imprisonment for praying for a sick believer who later died, a rights official told BosNewsLife.

NEWS ALERT: Laos Releases House Church Christians, But Pastor Detained


By BosNewsLife Asia Service

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VIENTIANE, LAOS (BosNewsLife)-- Authorities in southern Laos released six Christians who were detained after attending a house church service, but the pastor remained behind bars Tuesday, October 7, and faces torture, an advocacy official said.

Laos Christian Villagers Face Expulsion For Faith


By BosNewsLife Asia Service with BosNewsLife's Stefan J. Bos

laosVIENTIANE, LAOS (BosNewsLife)-- Dozens of Christian villagers in southern Laos face expulsion from their homes and death threats Friday, March 21, because they refuse to abandon their faith in Jesus Christ, friends told BosNewsLife.

‘Burma Army Attacks Christian Kachin; Two Killed’


By BosNewsLife Asia Service with reporting by BosNewsLife's Stefan J. Bos

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YANGON, BURMA (BosNewslife)-- Burma was under pressure Sunday, June 30, to halt violence against the predominantly Christian Kachin minority after at least two civilians were reportedly killed by government troops. Rights group Christian Solarity Worldwide (CSW) identified one of those killed as Zahkung Lum Hkawng, 45, who it said was "tortured, beaten and shot dead by the Burmese Army" in the Asian country's Northern Shan State on June 14.

‘Laos Jails Village Church Leader For Not Renouncing Faith’


By BosNewsLife Asia Service

VIENTIANE, LAOS (BosNewsLife)-- The leader of a growing village church in central Laos was behind bars Wednesday, August 22, for refusing to renounce his faith in Jesus Christ, his supporters told BosNewsLife.