News & analysis
This is a collection of recent articles and research written by the Barnabas team.
Christian governor of Jakarta appointed for first time in 50 yearsCountry/Region: Indonesia, South and East Asia
The inauguration of Basuki Tjahaja Purnama as governor of Jakarta on Wednesday (19 November) marks a watershed in Indonesian politics. He is the first Christian to take the post in 50 years and the first ethnic Chinese to govern Indonesia’s capital city. Speaking at his inauguration ceremony, Mr Purnama said, “I…promise to give my best possible service to the people of Jakarta and to the nation for I know the Lord will help me to do so.”
Iranian Christian granted conditional release from prison
Following an appeal from his family, Iranian Christian Homayoun Shokouhi was granted conditional release from prison on 10 November after serving two years and eight months of his sentence.
Lao Hmong Christian families evicted after converting to Christianity
Six Hmong Christian families were forced to leave their village after converting to Christianity. Local authorities ordered them to renounce their faith but they refused...
Editorial: “The Islamic State will remain”: I.S.’s tightening grip and its threat to the future of Christian communities
New Indonesian government set to extend religious freedom to all citizens
Indonesia’s new government plans to restore religious freedom to all minorities, as per the country’s 1945 Constitution.
Prince Charles advocates for persecuted Christians to House of Lords, British MPs sign letter pleading for Aasia Bibi
In a video broadcast to the House of Lords on 4 November, the UK’s Prince Charles has voiced his concern about the suffering of Christians in the Middle East.
47 youngsters killed at Christian school in Nigeria, while Christians in Mubi forced to flee after Boko Haram renames it “City of Islam”
A suicide bomb attack in a Christian secondary school in the town of Potiskum in Yobe state, north-eastern Nigeria, has killed at least 47 people on Monday (10 November)...