Liberal and Tolerant Malaysia Heading Down Islamist Path? (COLUMN)

By Martin Roth, BosNewsLife Senior Columnist
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KUALA LUMPUR/MELBOURNE (BosNewsLife Columns)-- I sometimes struggle to understand why Malaysia should be moving steadily up the rankings in the Open Doors World Watch List of the 50 countries where Christians are most persecuted for their faith. In the 2016 list Malaysia is ranked at No. 30 – classified as moderate persecution – compared to No. 37 last year and No. 40 in 2014. What went wrong?

Bhutan Pastors Sentenced To Prison For Receiving Funds


By BosNewsLife Asia Service

bhutanTHIMPHU, BHUTAN (BosNewsLife)-- Minority Christians in Bhutan were in a state of shock Tuesday, September 16, after a court sentenced two pastors to long prison terms for receiving funds for their activities, though one church leader was "temporarily" freed, friends said.

North Korea Underground Christians "Omitted" From Church Summit


By BosNewsLife Asia Service

north-korea1PYONGYANG/SEOUL (BosNewsLife)-- North Korea's "underground Christians" were "omitted" from a "historic" North-South church summit involving church leaders from South Korea and dozens of other countries in Geneva, Switzerland, a mission official complained Tuesday, August 12.

Group: 'Uzbekistan Fines Christians For Praying At Home'


By BosNewsLife News Center

uzbekistan-mapTASHKENT/BUDAPEST (BosNewsLife)-- Two Christian families in Uzbekistan faced uncertain future Wednesday, May 14, after receiving massive fines for meeting in a private home to read the Bible and pray together, church members and rights investigators said. Alisher Abdullayev and Veniamin Nemirov were fined along with another member of their home church in October 2012 for unregistered religious activity and teaching religion "illegally".

NEWS ALERT: Thousands Of Christians Protect Church Building Against China Forces


By BosNewsLife Asia Service

simpson_china_easter_480_24apr111BEIJING, CHINA (BosNewsLife)-- A tense calm has returned to China's southeastern Wenzhou city after thousands of Christians formed a new blockade to prevent government officials from starting demolishing the $4.8 million Sanjiang Christian Church.

Colombia FARC Rebels Close Churches, Kill Pastors


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

colombia_farc-rebels-march-in-la-macarenapreview1BOGOTA, COLOMBIA (BosNewsLife)-- Devoted Christians in south-eastern Colombia face a difficult Christmas amid reports that at least 150 churches have been closed down by leftist rebels. Open Christian worship and other religious activities are forbidden in the rural areas controlled by the rebels, known as the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-People’s Army (FARC-EP), BosNewsLife monitored Thursday, December 19.

BREAKING NEWS: China Police Raid Beijing House Churches; Bibles Confiscated


By BosNewsLife Asia Service
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BEIJING, CHINA (BosNewsLife)-- Chinese security forces have raided several house churches in China's capital Beijing where they confiscated Bibles and in at least one case destroyed equipment, well-informed Christians told BosNewsLife.