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.
On 5 January a mob led by a Buddhist monk destroyed a church building in northwest Sri Lanka.
A Turkish court has denied an initial appeal for the release of Rev Andrew Brunson (49), an American pastor under arrest since early October over alleged terrorist links.
Pastor Yang Hua has been sentenced to two years and six months in prison.
A Christmas message calling for prayers for those charged under the blasphemy laws has led to death threats against the son of Salman Taseer, the Punjab Governor assassinated six years ago for his support of Asia Bibi and his opposition to the blasphemy laws.
Local Muslims have filed a blasphemy charge against Babu Shahbaz (40), a Christian from Kamaha village, Lahore.
Boutrossiya church in the Coptic Cathedral complex in Cairo’s Abbassiya district, which was bombed on 11 December, has been fully repaired and reopened for prayer on New Year’s Eve.
The trial of Pastor Yang Hua on charges of “divulging state secrets” was held in Guiyang, capital of Guizhou province, on Monday 26 December but no verdict has yet been announced.