Author: Staff Reporter

A statue of Virgin Mary is placed in a street in Bartella, Iraq, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2016. Iraqi forces captured Bartella, around 15 kilometers (9 miles) east of Mosul. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)
Middle East and North Africa

Iraqi Christians face new threat from Iran-backed militias

Iranian-backed Shia militia are opening Muslim schools in churches in formerly Christian towns in northern Iraq, in a systematic attempt to “change the Christian demography” of the region. Before the arrival of Islamic State in 2014, the majority of Bartella’s 40,000 residents were Christian. Amir Yaku, a Christian from the town […]

Laws to be ratified by Kazahkstan Parliament will tighten religious freedoms. Photo: Wikipedia
Asia

Christians arrested and fined for attending church in Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan authorities raided a church service at the end of October detaining 20 Christians. The congregation in Ekibastuz, north-eastern Kazakhstan, were fined for “participation in an unregistered, halted or banned religious community or social organization.” The pastor was fined almost $700 and the others, almost $350. Kazakhstan guarantees religious rights but at […]