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.