There was a time when Nepal’s communist government was the biggest threat to the country’s Christian minority. Today the main source of pressure is the religious nationalism of Nepal’s Hindu majority. The country’s new Constitution declares Nepal to be a secular state; at the same time, it also forbids anyone to change their religion, and bans proselytism. Nepal’s Christian population, currently at 4 per cent, is one of the fastest-growing in the world, and that has prompted a backlash from nationalists, who themselves are taking encouragement from the nationalist urgings of the Hindu government in neighbouring India. In 2017 two parliamentarians warned that religious freedom in the country was “teetering on the edge”.

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Nepali Christians freed 9 months after conviction for ‘witchcraft’ of praying for mentally ill woman

Nepali Christians freed 9 months after conviction for ‘witchcraft’ of praying for mentally ill woman

Four Nepali Christians sentenced last year to five years in prison for “violence and witchcraft”, after praying for a mentally ill woman, have been released after their sentences were overturned. In a statement, the Federation of National Christian, Nepal (FNCN) thanked the court for “setting free our innocent people”, and […]

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Nepal criminalises conversions and ‘hurting religious sentiment’

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As Nepal prepares for its first election following the introduction of a new Constitution two years ago, its parliament has passed a Bill criminalising religious conversion and the “hurting of religious sentiment”, as Christian Solidary Worldwide (CSW) reports. Nepal’s Christian minority fears that, once presidential approval is given, the new […]

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Nepali church leaders found guilty of ‘witchcraft’ and ‘violence’ for helping mentally ill woman

Nepali church leaders found guilty of ‘witchcraft’ and ‘violence’ for helping mentally ill woman

A Nepali court has found four Christians guilty of ‘violence’ and ‘witchcraft’ against a severely mentally ill woman whom they sought to heal, even though she testified in court in their favour, saying she was now better. The four are sentenced to five years in prison. A fifth Christian, Rupa […]

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UPDATE First religious freedom case under new Nepal constitution: all charges dropped

UPDATE First religious freedom case under new Nepal constitution: all charges dropped

The eight arrested Christians after their release on bail, Dolakha, Nepal 2016Vishal Arora   UPDATE: A court in Nepal has dropped a case against eight Christians, the first case about freedom of religion since the country’s new constitution was implemented in 2015. The seven men and one woman, all counsellors, […]

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