News & analysis
This is a collection of recent articles and research written by the Barnabas team.
Inauguration of Joko Widodo as Indonesia’s president welcomed by ChristiansCountry/Region: Indonesia, South and East Asia
Indonesia’s new leader, political outsider Joko Widodo, was sworn in as president on 20 October in a development that has inspired hope for the future of the country’s Christian minority.
The election of Mr Widodo, who has shown a tolerant attitude to religious minorities, will be welcome news for many Christians following the failure of...
Indian government will continue to deny rights to Dalit Christians
In a blow to Dalit Christians in India, the country’s minister for social justice has said that the new government will not grant to them or to Dalit Muslims the rights afforded to their Hindu...
Editorial: Pray for Christians who are “living in Babylon” this Saturday on the Barnabas Day of Prayer
The fires of anti-Christian persecution rage on around the world. Through most of the Middle East, and in large parts of Africa and Asia, our brothers and sisters continue to suffer...
Three Christian converts arrested in Iran
On 27 September, three Iranian Christian converts were arrested by intelligence officers in Foolad-Shahr, Esfahan province.
Cuban pastor and wife harassed by authorities
The wife of a Cuban pastor and religious freedom activist was arrested on 16 October and told to stop having contact with “counter-revolutionary elements”...
Five kidnapped Syrian Christians released by Islamists, others still held
A church leader and four Christian women who were among around 21 believers kidnapped in north-west Syria earlier this month have been released by Islamist militants.
Christians detained after worship meeting released in Laos
Six Christians who were arrested after meeting for worship in Laos were released on 3 October, while a church leader detained with them remained in custody weeks later.