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.
A local court has scheduled Pastor Yang Hua’s trial for 9.30 am on 26 December.
Two separate groups of Christian carol singers have been attacked by suspected Hindu radicals.
Jakarta’s governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama (pictured), popularly known as “Ahok”, has been accused of blasphemy. His trial began on 13 December.
Three of the five Iranian Christians arrested at a picnic in August have been released on bail; two remain in prison.
Egypt is beginning three days of mourning for the 23 victims of yesterday’s bomb attack on a chapel attached to St Mark’s Coptic Cathedral in Cairo.
Maryam Zargaran has been informed that her prison sentence has been extended by 42 days to make up for time spent outside of prison on medical leave.
A court in Lahore has sentenced five Muslims to death for the murders of Christian couple Shahzad and Shama Masih in November 2014