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.

Iran Frees House Church Member; Pastor Gets Longer Sentence

By BosNewsLife Middle East Service

christiansIranTEHRAN, IRAN (BosNewsLife)-- A member of a major evangelical house church movement in Iran has been released on bail after some 10 months behind bars, but a Pentecostal pastor was given an additional one year sentence, Iranian Christians and activists told BosNewsLife Wednesday, January 7.

Pakistan Christian Killed For Refusing Islam Conversion

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

PAKISTAN_(F)_0502_-_BlasphemyLAHORE, PAKISTAN (BosNewsLife)-- Two young children in Pakistan were mourning their Christian father Saturday, April 19, after he was reportedly shot dead by a Muslim guard for refusing to convert to Islam.

US House Calls For Mideast Religious Rights Envoy

By BosNewsLife Americas Service

christiansegyptWASHINGTON, USA (BosNewsLife)-- A key rights official has "praised" a U.S. House of Representatives resolution for the creation of a special diplomatic envoy for religious freedom in the Middle East.

Concerns Over Detained Kazakhstan Pastor After ‘Soviet-Style Psychological’ Treatment (Update)

By BosNewsLife News Center

reukazakhstanpresident_BUDAPEST/ASTANA (BosNewsLife)-- Christians remained worried Friday, September 20, about an evangelical pastor in Kazakhstan amid reports that he underwent forced psychological treatment and harsh interrogation following his detention in May on "trumped-up charges".

‘Jailed Iran Pastors In Poor Health’

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


TEHRAN, IRAN (BosNewsLife)-- There was mounting concern Sunday, August 18, over the health situation of an Iranian-born American pastor and another evangelical leader who were among those sentenced to long prison terms in Tehran on charges that friends link to their Christian faith.