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Uzbekistan increases charges against church leader in Kazakhstan jail

Uzbekistan increases charges against church leader in Kazakhstan jail
The legal ground continues to shift underneath Makset Djabbarbergenov, a house-church leader being held in a Kazakhstan jail at the request of his native Uzbekistan. Djabbarbergenov was arrested Sept. 5 in Almaty, Kazakhstan. Uzbekistan wants him back to face charges that he practiced religion outside state regulation. His fate could . . . Read More

Nigerian Christians on frontline vow to stay despite 40 ‘barbaric’ student deaths

Nigerian Christians on frontline vow to stay despite 40 ‘barbaric’ student deaths
President Goodluck Jonathan’s commiseration visit to relatives on Oct 15th, two weeks after the murder of about 40 students from three higher education institutions in Mubi, in Adamawa state, northern Nigeria, has failed to elucidate further the motive behind the deaths. What has become clear, however, is that the perpetrators . . . Read More

‘I will never forget that day’

‘I will never forget that day’
It has been nearly three months since Hannatu Dantong’s husband died. She has been surrounded by his colleagues and family during this time, but still is in a deep state of mourning. “I find the greatest comfort in Psalm 23,” Dantong said. “I am reminded that the Lord will always . . . Read More

India briefs: Recent incidents of persecution

India briefs: Recent incidents of persecution
In towns across India, Hindu extremists continued to pressure Christian churches in September. The usual pattern: After the disruption of church or worship services, Christians were physically assaulted and sometimes arrested and jailed on suspicion of forcibly converting Hindus to Christianity. Three of the Indian states included in this roundup . . . Read More

From Africa to Asia, offended Muslims vent anger on Christian churches

From Africa to Asia, offended Muslims vent anger on Christian churches
Across much of the Muslim world, more than two weeks of backlash to the internet video “Innocence of the Muslims” has occasionally been directed at Christians, from computer hacks to church burnings. It can be difficult to sort deliberate acts of persecution from simple undirected anger sparked by the video, . . . Read More

Analysis: India’s narrow path to religious freedom

Analysis: India’s narrow path to religious freedom
In August, the high court of India’s Himachal Pradesh state rejected a portion of the state’s laws regulating religious conversion. World Watch Monitor asked Steven David, director of the Centre for Contemporary Issues, in Bangalore, to provide his perspective. By Steven David Shimla apples are world-famous. They are grown in . . . Read More