The wife of Chinese pastor Yang Hua has visited him in prison and reported that his health is “a little better”.
On 13 April, three homes belonging to Coptic Christians were burned and eight people were injured in the village of Kom El-Loufy (250km south of Cairo).
Churches throughout Egypt cancelled their traditional Easter Sunday celebrations in the wake of the bomb attacks on two Coptic churches on Palm Sunday, which resulted in the death of 47 people and injuries to over 120 people.
At least 49 people were killed in suicide attacks on two Coptic churches on Palm Sunday. 27 people died inside St George’s Coptic church in Tanta in the Nile Delta region and a further 22 were killed outside St Mark’s Cathedral in Alexandria.
Two Pentecostal Christians died on 17 March, five days after being transferred to hospital from detention, where they had been on hunger strike.
Dr Berhane Asmelash (Director of Release Eritrea) has spoken about his recent visit to Ethiopia to meet Eritrean Christian refugees living in refugee camps there.
Pastor Yang Hua has become critically ill in prison with inflammation of the blood vessels. His legs are swollen and badly ulcerated, and without adequate treatment he may need a double amputation. He is at risk of developing sepsis and other serious complications.
On 20 February, two Christian converts – a mother and son – were arrested in Urmia, capital of West Azerbaijan province in Iran.
Hyeun-soo Lim, a Canadian pastor serving a life sentence in North Korea, has been allowed to meet with the Swedish ambassador in Pyongyang and to telephone his family.
The North Korean government refused to attend a two-hour session of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva on 13 March focusing on human rights abuses in North Korea. Its deputy ambassador to the UN in Geneva, Mr Choe Myong Nam (pictured), stated that the session was “politically-motivated”.
In early March, news broke of the arrest of over 80 Christians for attending house church meetings in various locations in Xinjiang province in north west China.
Terrified Christians are fleeing Sinai following Islamic State’s killing of seven Copts in Al-Arish, North Sinai Province, between 31 January and 23 February.
Islamic State militants have killed seven Coptic Christians in Al-Arish, North Sinai Province, since 31 January.
Czech Christian aid worker Petr Jasek (52) flew to Prague on 26 February, accompanied by the Czech Foreign Minister. He had spent 14 months in prison in Sudan.
On 10 February 2017, Zhang Xiuhong was sentenced to five years in prison. She was chairperson of the board of deacons at Huoshi “Living Stone” Church in Guiyang, in China’s central Guizhou province.
Two Christian converts in prison since August 2016 have ended their hunger strike after being promised medical care and progress in their case.
Pastor Gandham Padma Rao (49) is in intensive care in hospital in Mancherial, Telangana state after being beaten by a gang of ten Hindu extremists.
A judge in Khartoum has sentenced Czech aid worker Petr Jasek (52) to life in prison for “espionage” and two Sudanese Christians to long sentences.
On 11 January, bulldozers escorted by security forces reduced to rubble the Redeemed Christian Church of God building and the Lord Chosen Church building.
Mr K A Swamy (47) suffered a brain haemorrhage after being threatened by Hindu extremists while he was distributing Bibles in the city of Hyderabad. Swamy works as a professor of engineering and also volunteers with the Gideons.