Two of Algeria’s largest churches were recently forcibly closed by the government. In total, 12 churches were closed from January to November 2019 – eight within a period of six weeks – for their inability to produce a permit that the government has failed to issue.
Nigeria: Large-Scale Killings, Kidnappings Hit Christians in Kaduna State, Sources Say
More than 200 Muslim Fulani herdsmen have attacked 10 predominantly Christian villages in southern Kaduna state, Nigeria in two weeks, killing at least 35 people and kidnapping 58 others, including a mother and her 6-month-old baby, sources said.
China: Pastor Faces Ten Years on Unprecedented Charges
Three women in Hubei Province, China are facing persecution regarding fraud charges over church donations. According to Chinese lawyer Si Weijiang, this is probably the first case in the country of such a charge.
Life in the birthplace of Christ is difficult for Christians, where they face Islamic oppression from the Palestinian Authority. Beleaguered, the majority of Christ-followers have left, causing their population to dwindle from 86% in 1950s to 12% in 2016.
Indonesia: Activist Charged for Highlighting Christian Persecution
Indonesian activist Sudarto reported on the banning of Christmas celebrations in West Sumatra, a conservative Muslim province. According to his lawyer, he has since been charged under a controversial “hate speech” law.
India: Supreme Court to Consider Ending Decades of Discrimination Against Low Caste Christians
On January 8, the Supreme Court of India agreed to examine a petition that called for Dalit and other low caste Christians to receive the same government benefits and protection given to their Hindu, Buddhist, and Sikh counterparts.