A Pakistani worker shouts anti U.S. slogans during a rally in Islamabad, Pakistan on Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012 as part of widespread anger across the Muslim world about a film ridiculing Islam's Prophet Muhammad. The banner at bottom reads, "'immediately hang the cursed man indulged in insulting the Prophet," while …

U.S.: Pakistani Officials Help Muslims Force Christian Women into Marriage

The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) published a report Tuesday accusing South East Asian nations of systematically failing to protect their populations’ religious rights, noting that “state officials” in Pakistan often shield criminals forcing Christian or Hindu women into a Muslim marriage.

protesters demand the release of Asia Bibi at a Karachi rally, November 25, 2010/Akhtar Soomro

China, Pakistan Lead State Department List of Religious Persecutors

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced the 2018 list of Countries of Particular Concern under the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998 on Tuesday, listing China, Pakistan, and Saudi Arabia at the top of the list of the world’s worst abusers of religious rights.

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Report: Half a Billion Christians Facing Global Persecution

More than 60 percent of the world’s population of more than 7.5 billion reside in countries where the right to religious freedom is obstructed or denied. An estimated 505 million Christians face persecution for following their faith, a Catholic NGO Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) report indicated this week.

Newly Pakistan PM Imran Khan faces a mounting debt crisis

Pakistan PM Launches Global Campaign Against Blasphemy

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday declared that Islamabad, which the U.S. placed on a special watch list for “severe violations of religious freedom” this year, would spearhead an international campaign against the defamation of religion and make using freedom of speech as a pretext to commit blasphemy a crime.

Uyghurs people demonstrate against China outside of the United Nations (UN) offices during the Universal Periodic Review of China by the UN Human Rights Council, on November 6, 2018 in Geneva. - China's mass detainment of ethnic Uighurs and its crackdown on civil liberties likely figures high on the agenda …

China Rejects U.N. Demands to Close Uighur Detention Camps

China rejected calls on Tuesday from Western members of the U.N. Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to shut down the massive detention camps constructed in Xinjiang province to imprison a sizable percentage of Uighurs, a predominantly Muslim ethnic group.

In this Sept. 22, 2018 photo, members of the faithful attend a mass at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, a government-sanctioned Catholic church in Beijing. The Vatican’s breakthrough agreement to give China some say over bishop appointments has critics accusing the church of caving in to the ruling Communist …

Religious Freedom Advocates Criticize Vatican-China Deal

A number of religious freedom advocates have stepped forward to criticize the Vatican’s new “provisional agreement” with China on the appointment of bishops, arguing that it betrays naïveté concerning “the evil of communism.”

China's officially atheist government is wary of organised religious movements outside of its control

Chinese Officials Burn Bibles, Close Churches in Crackdown on Christianity

The Chinese government’s campaign to “Sinicize” organized religion – in other words, make religion completely subordinate to the Communist Party – grew more aggressive this year and featured the destruction of Bibles, crosses, and entire churches. Religious freedom activists call it the worst crackdown on Christianity since religious freedom was nominally granted by the 1982 Chinese constitution.

China blames local officials for protest over mosque razing

China Blames ‘Reckless’ Local Officials for Mosque Demolition Protest

Beijing on Thursday blamed “reckless” local officials for sparking a massive protest against the demolition of a large mosque in the city of Weizhou. Communist officials insisted the situation is “under control” and local Muslims are now in a “good mood,” but they never quite got around to clarifying whether the mosque will indeed be demolished.

This photo taken on December 24, 2014 shows the choir of an underground church singing at a Christmas Eve service at an apartment in Beijing. China is now home to an estimated 70 million Christians, according to a 2011 survey by the Pew Research Center, as people search for a …

China Communist Party Reasserts Absolute Control over Religion

The Communist Party will retain absolute control over religious activities in China, wrote Beijing’s religion czar in a Communist Party journal this week, in the midst of talks with the Vatican to reestablish diplomatic relations.

A Christian cult in China which has violence at its core gains international notoriety after a brutal murder in a fast food restaurant. With some of its members now on trial we hear what's behind these terrible crimes. It's called the Church of Almighty God.

China Puts More ‘Almighty God’ Cultists on Trial

China continued its crackdown against the Quannengshen cult, better known as “The Church of Almighty God” or “Eastern Lightning” in the West, with an unspecified number of arrests and trials in August. According to Chinese media, movement leaders and key senior followers were targeted in the latest arrests.