News & analysis
This is a collection of recent articles and research written by the Barnabas team.
Christian villages in northern Iraq freed from ISISCountry/Region: Middle East and North Africa, Iraq
At least seven Christian villages in northern Iraq have been liberated following a push by Iraqi and Kurdish forces to reclaim captured territories captured by ISIS (the Islamist militant group now calling itself Islamic State).
The villages, located west of Erbil in the Nineveh plain, were liberated earlier this month after clashes between Kurdish Pe shmerga troops and ISIS fighters.
Sri Lankan Supreme Court dismisses case for Pakistani Christians
A new case brought by human rights advocates to halt the deportation from Sri Lanka of Pakistani asylum-seekers has been dismissed by the country’s Supreme Court.
Bhutanese court sentences two Christian pastors to imprisonment
Two pastors in Bhutan have been given prison sentences: one for accepting unauthorised funds from Christian organisations abroad, and the other for organising a worship meeting...
ISIS destroys Armenian Genocide memorial church in Syria
Militants from the Islamist group ISIS have destroyed a church in the Syrian city of Deir al-Zour that memorialised the Armenian Genocide...
Indian High Court moves to overturn ban on non-Hindu evangelists
In a positive move for Christians, the Bilaspur High Court in India has been persuaded by Christian organisations to oppose a ban preventing non-Hindu religious missionaries from entering villages in Bastar district.
Textbooks in Turkish schools negative to Armenian Christians
Some textbooks being used for the current school year in Turkey contain negatively biased remarks about Christians in relation to the Armenian Genocide.
Christians detained by Saudi religious police in raid on private home
The Saudi religious police arrested and detained overnight at least 27 people accused of practising Christianity in a house church.
Editorial: The War of the Cross
When ISIS changed its name in June from “the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant” (ISIL, or the Arabic acronym ISIS) to simply “the Islamic State” this was a shift of enormous theological and eschatological significance.