News & analysis
This is a collection of recent articles and research written by the Barnabas team.
Two believers sent to prison for distributing Christian books in KazakhstanCountry/Region: Kazakhstan, Central Asia
Two Christian men in Kazakhstan have been given ten-day prison terms for distributing Christian literature after the authorities claimed the contents of one of the books incite religious hatred.
Vyacheslav Cherkasov and Zhasulan Alzhanov were sentenced on 6 October, five months after the authorities confiscated Christian books that the two men were handing out...
Cuban pastor and wife harassed by authorities
The wife of a Cuban pastor and religious freedom activist was arrested on 16 October and told to stop having contact with “counter-revolutionary elements”...
Five kidnapped Syrian Christians released by Islamists, others still held
A church leader and four Christian women who were among around 21 believers kidnapped in north-west Syria earlier this month have been released by Islamist militants.
Christians detained after worship meeting released in Laos
Six Christians who were arrested after meeting for worship in Laos were released on 3 October, while a church leader detained with them remained in custody weeks later.
Speak out for condemned Christian mother Aasia Bibi as she appeals to Supreme Court
Lawyers for condemned Pakistani Christian Aasia Bibi say they are planning to take her case to the country’s Supreme Court after her appeal against the death sentence she was given for “blasphemy” was rejected.
Pakistani Christians protest police inaction over shoes showing cross
Christians in Pakistan held demonstrations earlier this month after police failed to take action over shoes incorporating the Christian cross on the sole, which were being sold by a Muslim shopkeeper...
Breaking news: Aasia Bibi’s appeal against death sentence rejected
Barnabas Fund has today received the sad news that the appeal made by Pakistani Christian mother Aasia Bibi against her conviction...
Four kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls escape Boko Haram in Cameroon
Four Christian schoolgirls who were seized by Boko Haram six months ago have escaped from a camp run by the Islamist group in Cameroon.
Deadly Boko Haram attack kills 17 Christians in Cameroon
A further bloody attack by militants from the Islamist group Boko Haram has targeted two villages in northern Cameroon, killing 17 Christians...