News & analysis
This is a collection of recent articles and research written by the Barnabas team.
Pakistani Christian woman publically beaten and strippedCountry/Region: South and East Asia, Pakistan
"I was beaten and humiliated in broad daylight just because I belong to the Christian community,” says Elishba Bibi, a Pakistani Christian woman who was beaten and stripped by two Muslim brothers whose family employed her as a maid. The 28-year-old mother of four was pregnant at the time and suffered a miscarriage following the incident.
Persistent Islamisation in Papua
Christian children in Indonesia’s most easterly province are bearing the brunt of a multi-faceted Islamisation programme that is changing the character of the formerly Christian-majority region.
Plans to “reconvert” 4,000 Christian families to Hinduism on Christmas Day
Radical Hindu paramilitary group Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) has said that it plans to hold an event on Christmas Day to welcome 4,000 Christian and 1,000 Muslim families back to Hinduism.
Iranian house church leader whereabouts unknown following arrest
Pastor Ebrahim Hossin-Zadeh was arrested in mid-November by plain clothes officers from the Ministry of Information in Shiraz, Iran.
Arson attack at Bible Correspondence School in Turkey destroys up to 20,000 books
An electrical fire that broke out in Istanbul’s Bible Correspondence School on 7 December is thought to have been the result of an arson attack...
Two Azerbaijani churches ordered to liquidate themselves
Two church congregations have been told that they must liquidate themselves and re-register as religious organisations in order to receive the registration required by Azerbaijan’s Religion Law...
Religious minorities under threat as Burma President submits bills
Burmese President Thein Sein has been criticised by human rights associations for approving a draft bill that curbs conversion to other religions and marriages between Buddhist women and men of other religions.
Delhi church fire suspected arson
A blaze at a church in the Indian capital, New Delhi, on 1 December is thought to have been the result of an arson attack after the discovery of empty kerosene cans.
Sudanese authorities arrest 37 young people in church raid
As young people were praying and fasting together on 2 December at a church in Khartoum Bahri, Sudan, police forces stormed the gathering with bulldozers and began demolishing the building.