State Department Splits with USCIRF on New Religious Freedom Violators
(UPDATED) The 2012 International Religious Freedom Report highlights continued rise of anti-conversion laws as noteworthy, 'worrying trend.'
Violators. (UPDATED) The 2012 International Religious Freedom Report highlights continued rise of anti-conversion laws as noteworthy, 'worrying trend.'.
Bhutan Bans Public Religious Activities For Six Months Before Elections
(Updated) Preventative measure' intended to support constitutional mandate that 'religion shall remain above politics.'
Formally, Bhutan guarantees religious freedom to its citizens, but anti-conversion laws and policies banning religions other than Buddhism have been on the rise since 2010, making it
Good News for Christians in India's Most Persecuting State
After nearly a decade, Hindu nationalist party finally loses power in Karnataka.
BJP somewhat, and CT reported that a subsequent defeat in 2004 "sent shock waves across the nation." That significant defeat came after the BJP introduced an anti-conversion law to
Nepal's First-Ever Census Reveals Good News for Christians
Number of Catholics and Protestants in Himalayan nation has tripled since 2007.
Growth throughout the last five years has occurred in spite of anti-conversion laws, although an agreement signed in May promised to protect the rights of the Christian community.
More Arrests in Martyrdom of India Missionary Family
Two Hindu extremists will stand trial for 1999 massacre of Graham Staines and his two sons.
sentences. India's high court recently reworded its ruling to remove anti-conversion language that seemingly blamed the missionaries for their own deaths.
India Punishes 100 Doctors for Gendercide
Physicians accused of illegally performing sex-selective abortions.
An Indian court recently sentenced 12 men to six years in jail for 2008 riots that targeted Christians, and an Indian state court partially repealed an anti-conversion law.
India's Christians Shrug
The country’s likely next leader is a Hindu nationalist who has suppressed other faiths. Why church leaders aren’t worried.
This would include tough anticonversion laws, a crackdown on public criticism of Hinduism, and further limits on religious minorities. The BJP has pushed
Persecution Prompts Missions Agency to Transform
Operation Mobilization India transforms itself into a local witness.
The Hindu nationalist BJP party, which supported anti-conversion laws aimed at restraining Christian outreach and evangelism, won national elections.
Dalit Christians Debut New Strategy in India Election
New political party in new state takes stand for lowest caste, while court fight for more rights remains stalled.
[Editor's note: The 2012 International Religious Freedom Report called the rise of anti-conversion laws a "worrying trend." In one Indian state, a proposed bill will send Christians to jail if