News & analysis
This is a collection of recent articles and research written by the Barnabas team.
Editorial: The Two Faces of IslamCountry/Region: Middle East and North Africa, Iraq, Syria
Last month I was in Damascus. I had the great privilege of meeting Dr Ahmad Badr Al-Din Hassoun, the Grand Mufti of Syria. He is a man of peace who pleads repeatedly for equal and harmonious relations between Muslims, Christians and followers of all religions as members of one human family. Because of this stance, he has endured great abuse and criticism from some of his fellow Muslims and was targeted for assassination by the Saudis. Knowing that he would have good security and protection, the group of Islamist hit-men were instructed that, if they could not kill the Grand Mufti himself, they should kill one of his sons instead. In due course they murdered his teenage son. After some months, two of the perpetrators were caught and imprisoned.
Sri Lankan court suspends deportation of persecuted Pakistanis
The Sri Lankan Court of Appeal has suspended the deportation of Pakistani asylum seekers, who are mainly Christians and members of other persecuted religious minorities...
Displaced Iraqi Christians die in miserable conditions
Reports have emerged that Iraqi Christians driven from their homes by Islamist militants are beginning to die in crowded camps and other temporary places of refuge.
Indian Christian women arrested following false accusations of forced conversions
Four Christian women were arrested in the Indian state of Karnataka after visiting the home of a non-Christian family.
Five Christians accused of murder in Laos found not guilty
A group of Christians in Laos who were falsely accused of murder have been found not guilty. The believers, who remain in custody, were arrested after a sick woman sought prayer...
Editorial: Is the international response too little, too late for Iraq’s beleaguered Christians?
In the year 363 AD, a very holy man by the name of Mattai, fleeing persecution under the Roman Emperor Julian the Apostate, founded the monastery of St Matthew’s. Lying 20 miles from Mosul in northern Iraq...
Iranian pastor charged with “waging war against God”
Iranian pastor Matthias Haghnejad has been charged with enmity against God, a crime that can be punishable by death, while the fate of two other Christians arrested with him remains unknown.