There were concerns Wednesday, December 10, that Chinese authorities would launch a nationwide crackdown on the growing 'house churches, after the Ministry of Civil Affairs ordered the "abolishment" of a major umbrella group.
In recent months Chinese officials have attempted to build bridges with the Protestant house church movement even as police raided more unregistered congregations, arrested Christian leaders and forced at least 400 college students to swear they would stop attending such worship services.
ChinaAid learned a house church leader in Henan province, Pastor Zhu Baoguo, was sentenced to one year of "re-education through labor," accused of being an "evil cult" leader.
Chinese officials have yet to declare a new court date for Alimjan Yimit, a Christian house church leader and ethnic Uyghur in China's northwest province of Xinjiang detained since his arrest on Jan. 12.
Concerns about the health and safety of the son of martyred Iranian pastor Hossein Soodmand are swirling around Ramtin Soodmand as he awaits trial for "promoting anti-government propaganda."
A key leader of China's rapidly growing underground house church movement who disappeared last month, was free Saturday, November 8, after Chinese authorities released him and other family members, Chinese Christians confirmed.
Family and activists continued efforts Wednesday, October 22, to obtain the release of two Uyghur devoted Christians in China's northwestern region of Xinjiang, saying one of them may be executed while another believer is facing mistreatment in a labor camp.
The son of one of China's most well-known evangelists regained consciousness in a Bejing hospital Friday, October 17, a day after he was "severely beaten with iron bars" by Chinese security forces, friends said.
Degar Montagnard Christians in Vietnam's Central Highlands faced another tense day Monday, October 6, after investigators confirmed that a preacher was killed, apparently by Vietnamese security forces, as part of a crackdown on Christianity and 'house churches' in the area.
Seven Degar Montagnard Christians are among those being held in a Vietnamese prison after they were detained as part of a major government backed crackdown on 'illegal' house churches in Vietnam's Central Highlands, their friends said.
Pastor Zhang "Bike" Mingxuan and his wife celebrated their first peaceful Sunday in more than three months after officials restored their water and electricity and permitted their house church to gather, their supporters said Wednesday, October 1.
Chinese security forces have raided an evangelical church, confiscating Christian properties including Bibles, hymnals, a large cross and the collection box, Christians said Wednesday, October 1.
Washington, D.C. (ICC) -- The Washington-DC based human rights group, International Christian Concern (ICC) www.persecution.org has just learned that a Muslim mob attacked a house church in Tayeglow, a town 198 miles from Mogadishu, Somaliaâ€™s capital.
A closed-door trial in China will decide this week whether evangelical Pastor Zhang Zhongxin must continue serving a two-year forced labor sentence for his activities related to evangelism and training Christian missionaries, an advocacy group said Wednesday, September 24.
Attacks on Christians continue to increase in Karnataka State.
Five arrests in three cities across Iran in August suggest a continued crackdown on Iranian Christians by authorities, sources told Compass.
As the Olympics draw to a close, new evidence of religious freedom abuses offers a stark contrast to Chinaâ€™s efforts to provide religious services for athletes and visitors during the Games.
On Sunday (August 17) a Muslim mob stormed a church service in Cipayung, East Jakarta, forcing Christians to flee and then erecting banners in the street declaring a ban on "churches and religious services."
As President Bush today (Sunday) visited and attended a service at the Three Self Patriotic Movement's (TSPM)Kuanjie Church established by the government, a renowned Christian social activist in Beijing was arrested once again by the Chinese police, but has since eluded authorities.
As China prepared for the opening of the Beijing Olympic Games Friday, August 8, a key Chinese house church leader and his wife remained detained amid signs government leaders fear Christians will use the event to highlight reports of religious persecution.