Screen grab of footage of the demolition of Golden Lampstand Church in Linfen city in northern Shanxi Province, Jan. 9, 2018.
Photo credit: Radio Free Asia, from a photo supplied by a church member.
East Asia

China church demolished and Christians silenced

Another church in Shaanxi Province has been demolished, while authorities have pressured Christians to remain silent about it. Local officials in Linfen city demolished the church on Tuesday 9 January.   The Golden Lampstand Church was surrounded by officials who thwarted the efforts of the Christians to prevent its destruction, […]

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 […]

Five Christians arrested for celebrating Christmas in Laos
South East Asia

Five Christians arrested for celebrating Christmas in Laos

Laos district official claims “Christianity is the religion of the Europeans and Americans” after five believers are arrested for celebrating Christmas. Authorities in southern Laos arrested five Christians last month, after four believers from one village invited a pastor from another village to join them to organise Christmas celebrations. Christians in […]

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 […]

Xi Jinping. Premier of China, whose government has imposed a crackdown on Christians
East Asia

Chinese university bans Christmas

A university in northeastern China has banned its students from celebrating Christmas. The Communist Party at Shenyang Pharmaceutical University, posted an online notice that their ban was imposed to  help students develop “cultural confidence,” and to protect them from being “corro[ded by] Western religious culture.” The ban applies to the students’ […]