Pakistan on US watchlist for ‘severe violations of religious freedom’
South Asia

Pakistan on US watchlist for ‘severe violations of religious freedom’

Pakistan has been added to a US State Department watchlist of countries responsible for “severe violations of religious freedom.” Although the announcement has been criticised as political, coming the same day President Trump announced the suspension of security assistance aid to Pakistan, the independent United States Commission on International Religious Freedom has […]

Students at St Ephrem's Theological College celebrate Christmas in 2015. Photo: St Ephrem's
South Asia

Carol singers arrested in Madhya Pradesh

Christmas carol singers were arrested and detained by police on 14 December over complaints by a Hindu nationalist group – Bajrang Dal – alleging that they were involved in forced religious conversions. The 24-strong group from St Ephrem’s Theological College in Satna, Madhya Pradesh, were taking part in a carol singing […]