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Attacks on Christians in Sri Lanka have surged noticeably in recent weeks, following the government’s defeat of Tamil separatists in May.  Attacks were reported in Puttlam, Gampaha and Kurunegala districts in western Sri Lanka, central ....
Rash of Attacks on Christians Reported    Published in 2009
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, August 17 (Compass Direct News) – Attacks on Christians in Sri Lanka have surged noticeably in recent weeks, following the government’s defeat of Tamil separatists in May. Attacks were reported in Puttlam, Gampaha and Kurunegala ....
Buddhist Mobs Attack Churches    Published in 2009
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, April 16 (Compass Direct News) – Buddhist mobs attacked several churches in Sri Lanka last week, threatening to kill a pastor in the southern province of Hambanthota and ransacking a 150-year-old Methodist church building in the ....
 
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As politicians wrangle ahead of an early December deadline over the still-disputed status of the oil-rich region of Abyei, straddling the border of Sudan and South Sudan, local church leaders appeal for help in the face of a potential humanitarian ....
Authorities in Khartoum demolished two church buildings last week, days after confiscating three Catholic schools, sources told Compass.   Officials from the Ministry of Planning and Housing of the local government authority on June 18 sent ....
Security agents in Sudan’s South Darfur state have closed down the Nyala offices of the Sudan Council of Churches (SCC) and relief group Sudan Aid, sources said. Agents from the Sudanese National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS) arrived at ....
Christians faced increased hostilities in Sudan over the past few weeks, culminating in an attack on a Christian compound in Khartoum by a throng of Muslim extremists armed with clubs, iron rods, a bulldozer and fire.   Breaking down the ....
As tensions between Sudan and South Sudan turn into military combat on the border, predominantly Christian citizens of southern origin trapped in Sudan fear the Islamic government and Muslims in general will turn on them, sources told Compass. ....
Christians from South Sudan who have until Easter Sunday (April 8) to try to become citizens of Sudan or be deported fear authorities will use the occasion to rid the country of Christianity, church leaders said. More than 500,000 citizens of ....
After Khartoum denied that it had bombed civilians earlier this month, Sudanese aerial strikes last week were aimed at church buildings and schools in Kauda, South Kordofan state, a humanitarian aid worker said. Antonov airplanes dropped bombs on ....
The “ethnic cleansing” that Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir has undertaken against black Africans in the Nuba Mountains is also aimed at ridding the area of Christianity, according to humanitarian workers. By targeting Christians among people who ....
Two Catholic priests abducted at gunpoint in Rabak, Sudan last month have been released amid a wave of forcible conscriptions into rebel southern militias. Their captors – South Sudanese militiamen loyal to (north) Sudan’s Islamic government – ....
Two Catholic Priests Kidnapped in Sudan    Published in 2012
South Sudanese militia loyal to Sudan's Islamic government have kidnapped two Catholic priests in Rabak, Christian sources said. A large truck smashed through the gates of the St. Josephine Bakhita’s Catholic Church compound in Rabak, 260 ....
Police Beat, Arrest Evangelist in Sudan    Published in 2012
Police this week beat and arrested a church leader in Khartoum, sources told Compass.   Evangelist James Kat of the Evangelical Church of Sudan was arrested on Tuesday morning (Jan. 17), with officers beating him as they took him to a North ....
Sudan’s Ministry of Guidance and Religious Endowments has threatened to arrest church leaders if they carry out evangelistic activities and do not comply with an order for churches to provide their names and contact information, Christian sources ....
Emboldened by government calls for a Sudan based on Islamic law since the secession of South Sudan, Muslims long opposed to a church near Khartoum have attacked Christians trying to finish constructing their building, sources said. The Sudanese ....
Local authorities have threatened to demolish three church buildings in Omdurman as part of a long-standing bid to rid Sudan of Christianity, Christian sources told Compass. Officials from the Ministry of Physical Planning and Public ....
Failure by the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) and allied Islamic militia to distinguish between combatants and civilians in territorial battles in South Kordofan state is due in part to a desire to rid the area of Christianity, local Christians say. A ....
A Roman Catholic priest of Kadugli parish in Sudan’s embattled South Kordofan is in hiding after being detained three times in the past three months. Authorities tortured the Rev. Abraham Lual on two of those occasions with accusations that as a ....
Muslim extremists have sent text messages to at least 10 church leaders in Khartoum saying they are planning to target Christian leaders, buildings and institutions, Christian sources in Khartoum said. “We want this country to be purely an Islamic ....
More than seven months after Muslim extremists burned its church building, a Presbyterian Church of the Sudan (PCOS) congregation is still afraid to meet for worship, according to Christian sources. The Rev. Maubark Hamad said his church in Wad ....
Hiba Abdelfadil Anglo, 16, has escaped from a gang of Muslims who kidnapped her last year, but it may be a long time before she recovers from the trauma. As she told Compass how the kidnappers beat, raped and tried to force her to convert from ....
Military intelligence agents killed one Christian, and Islamic militants sympathetic to the government slaughtered another last week after attacking churches in Sudan’s embattled South Kordofan state. Christian sources said a Sudan Armed Forces ....
Sudanese National Security Intelligence and Security Service agents have arrested a Christian woman in a Darfur camp for displaced people, accusing her of converting Muslims to Christianity, said sources who fear she is being tortured. At the same ....
A Christian widow in north Sudan is agonizing over the kidnapping of her daughter eight months ago by suspected Islamic extremists in Khartoum. “Since my daughter was kidnapped, I have been living in a state of fear and terror,” said Ikhlas Anglo, ....
Police in Sudan evicted the staff of a Presbyterian church from its events and office site in Khartoum earlier this month, aiding a Muslim businessman’s effort to seize the property.   Christians in Sudan’s capital city told Compass that ....
A Sudanese woman who fled to Egypt after converting from Islam to Christianity is living in secluded isolation as her angry family members try to track her down. Howida Ali’s Muslim brother and her ex-husband began searching for her in Cairo ....
Converts from Islam Struggle to Survive    Published in 2009
KHARTOUM, Sudan, April 13 (Compass Direct News) – When Halima Bubkier of Sinar town converted from Islam to Christianity last year, initially her husband accepted it without qualms. “After watching the ‘Jesus Film,’ I felt I needed a change in my ....
Converts from Islam Struggle to Survive    Published in 2009
When Halima Bubkier of Sinar town converted from Islam to Christianity last year, initially her husband accepted it without qualms. “After watching the ‘Jesus Film,’ I felt I needed a change in my hopeless and meaningless life,” the 35-year-old ....
NAIROBI, Kenya, April 8 (Compass Direct News) — Support for Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir in the wake of an International Criminal Court (ICC) warrant is fast turning into orchestrated attacks on Christians.A thatched-grass building in ....
Support for Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir in the wake of an International Criminal Court (ICC) warrant is fast turning into orchestrated attacks on Christians.A thatched-grass building in the Nuba Mountains village of Chat, used by the ....
ISTANBUL, October 3 (Compass Direct News) – A suicide bomber in military fatigues killed five young people at a church meeting last week in Sudan’s Upper Nile State, according to eyewitnesses. The man detonated a grenade on his belt after ....
Evangelists Killed in Nuba Mountains    Published in 2007
ISTANBUL, May 2 (Compass Direct News) – An Egyptian and three Sudanese Christians were killed last week when their truck came under gunfire after holding an evangelistic meeting in Sudan’s Nuba Mountains region.Egyptian Daniel Girgis, 37, and local ....
Police Deny New Year’s Church Attack    Published in 2007
All Saints Cathedral ISTANBUL, January 10 (Compass Direct News) – Sudanese police have denied attacking 800 Christians at a New Year’s Eve service at Khartoum’s Anglican cathedral and injuring six members of the congregation, the church priest said. ....
Rev. Elia Komondan May 23 (Compass Direct) – An Episcopal priest and five other people arrested in the Sudanese capital over the disappearance of a Muslim convert to Christianity were released last week after the missing woman reported herself to ....
Rev. Komondan May 17 (Compass Direct) – Missing for two months, a Muslim woman who reportedly wished to convert to Christianity surfaced yesterday in the Sudanese capital after her disappearance caused the arrest of an Episcopal priest, Christian ....
Church Damaged by Arson Attacks    Published in 2006
Partially-built Shatt Damam  churchMay 3 (Compass Direct) – Facing threats from a local Muslim militia leader, Christians in central Sudan have decided to leave their church half-built after it went up in flames the day after Christmas last ....
Christian Aid Worker Murdered    Published in 2005
Collin LeeNovember 9 (Compass) – A British aid worker died of bullet wounds to the chest and neck last weekend after his jeep was ambushed by gunmen in Sudan near the Ugandan border. Twenty militants attacked Collin Lee, his wife Hedwig Unrau Lee, ....
Lutheran Church Set on Fire    Published in 2005
November 1 (Compass) – Two weeks after a Lutheran church was torched by unknown arsonists in a Khartoum suburb, Sudan’s newly installed “government of national unity” still has not responded to church leaders requesting an investigation into the ....
March 24 (Compass) -- The Sudanese Arab company claiming ownership of a disputed church property in Khartoum moved into the building last week, ignoring a court injunction barring any alterations or use of the property before a judicial ruling on ....
Anglican Church headquarters in KhartoumFebruary 24 (Compass) -- Nine months after the Anglican Church headquarters in Khartoum was sold out from under church officials and confiscated at gun point, the Arab company now claiming ownership of the ....
May 24 (Compass) — Khartoum police forcibly evicted the Episcopal Church in Sudan (ECS) from its provincial headquarters in Khartoum last week, producing an Islamic court order declaring the property had been sold to a new owner. With armed riot ....
May 24 (Compass) -- Khartoum police forcibly evicted the Episcopal Church in Sudan (ECS) from its provincial headquarters in Khartoum on May 20, declaring that the property had been sold to a new owner. The building had served since 1993 as a ....
April 28 (Compass) — Sudan’s Islamic regime in Khartoum lashed and fined a young Christian Sudanese woman on April 14 for not wearing a headscarf in public in the capital city. Cecilia John Holland, 27, was traveling by minibus to her home in the ....
Cecilia Holland, 27April 28 (Compass) — Sudan’s Islamic regime in Khartoum lashed and fined a young Christian Sudanese woman in mid April for not wearing a headscarf in public in the capital city. Cecilia John Holland, 27, was given 40 lashes on her ....
March 18 (Compass) — Security forces in southern Sudan disrupted the construction of an Anglican church school in Renk on March 10 and arrested the diocesan building supervisor, keeping him in custody for four days. It was the second time in less ....
Churches Demolished at Refugee Camp    Published in 2003
(Compass) -- More than 10 Christian churches and a church-run vocational training center at the sprawling Wad el Bashier camp in West Omdurman, Sudan, have been demolished within the past two months. According to sources in Khartoum, authorities ....
Khartoum Threatens Southern Churches    Published in 2003
(Compass) — Sudan’s Khartoum regime presented a threatening memorandum in early August to Christian leaders in Juba after the southern Sudanese church leaders refused to back the government’s position on peace negotiations now underway in Kenya. The ....
Priest Released in Khartoum    Published in 2003
(Compass) -- Six weeks after a Sudanese court jailed an Episcopal priest for refusing to tear down his church, Rev. Samuel Dobai Amum was set free. Amum was sent to Soba Prison on April 7 for an “indefinite sentence” until he either demolished the ....
Episcopal Priest Jailed near Khartoum    Published in 2003
(Compass) — On April 7, a Sudanese court jailed an Episcopal priest “indefinitely” for refusing to demolish a church he had built himself 11 years ago on the outskirts of Khartoum North. Judge Kamal Abd-Rahaman Alli ordered the Rev. Samuel Dobai ....
(Compass) -- The Anglican Church is conducting missions to the front line of the civil war in southern Sudan. Robed clergy accompanied by armed guards minister to soldiers of Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA), the primary military force opposing ....
Christian’s Hand Amputated For Theft    Published in 2002
(Compass) - On January 24, the government of Sudan amputated a Southern Sudanese Christian’s right hand for alleged theft, furthering evidence that the Islamist regime has begun enacting harsh Muslim punishments against both Christian and Muslim ....
Police Launch Manhunt To Find Christian    Published in 2002
(Compass) - Sudanese security police have mounted a widening manhunt to track down a local convert to Christianity who went into hiding during early February in Khartoum to escape arrest and possible death. Aladin Omer Agabni Mohammed, a former ....
(Compass) - A Sudanese convert to Christianity was forced into hiding this week after severe beatings and torture by state security police, who for the second time refused to allow the former Muslim to leave Sudan through the Khartoum airport.Church ....
(Compass) - The wife and children of a Presbyterian church elder escaped from Sudan, six months after the elder had fled southern Sudan for his life. Chaplain Soma Jackson, 34, confirmed from a refugee camp neighboring Sudan that his wife, Mary ....
Police Torture Convert Student    Published in 2001
(Compass) - A Sudanese student who converted from Islam to Christianity was severely beaten and tortured by security police in Khartoum in mid September, apparently at his own family’s instigation. Mohammed Saeed Mohammed Omer, 26, confirmed to ....
(Compass) - Sudanese Christians who took the brunt of police brutality during the Khartoum government’s harsh handling of city-wide Easter celebrations this April are still recovering from their injuries. At least 105 Christians are known to have ....
(Compass) - On April 7, 2001, the Sudan government suddenly withdrew long-standing permission for five days of open-air meetings to be led April 10-14 by German evangelist Reinhard Bonnke in Green Square, Khartoum’s central park. The event had been ....
Khartoum’s Islam Tolerates No Rivals    Published in 2001
(Compass) - While civil war rages in the south, Christians who flee the fighting to refugee camps around Sudan’s capital city, Khartoum, find they have not been able to leave difficulty and oppression behind. Authorities can destroy churches or ....
Facing Persecution in Khartoum    Published in 2001
(Compass) - Every Friday, during the Muslim holy day, a special group meet in a house. The group consists of Muslims who have become Christians. It is one of a few in Khartoum and neighboring Omdurman that caters especially to people from other ....
Nuba Christians Under Fire    Published in 2001
(Compass) - \"The government is continuing to persecute the Nuba people, especially the intellectuals, many of whom are Christians,\" stated a church leader working in Khartoum. More than 10 Nuban teachers have disappeared from the Nuba capital, 

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    Sri Lanka -- Genesis 3:14. cursed are you (murderess: sharia), more than all the cattle, and, over all the wild animals (666 nazi Pharisee IMF), crawl on your belly (you will not see the presence of God: as, atheist) and eat dust (you will not have eternal life)! Rash of Attacks on Christians Reported in Sri Lanka. in 2009. COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, August 17 (World Watch Monitor) Attacks on Christians in Sri Lanka have surged noticeably in recent weeks, following the government's defeat of Tamil separatists in May. Attacks were reported in Puttlam, Gampaha and Kurunegala districts in western Sri Lanka, central .. Rash of Attacks on Christians Reported. Published in 2009. August 17 (World Watch Monitor) — COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, August 17 (Compass Direct News) -- Attacks on Christians in Sri Lanka have surged noticeably in recent weeks, following the government's defeat of Tamil separatists in May. Attacks were reported in Puttlam, Gampaha and Kurunegala
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    Somalia -- Genesis 9.5. And for your lifeblood I will surely demand an accounting. I will demand an accounting from every BEAST criminals (LIKE monsters, go to hell). And from each man, too, I will demand an accounting for the life, of his fellow man. Islamic Extremists Behead Another Convert, in 2012. NAIROBI, Kenya, February 8 (World Watch Monitor) — Islamic extremists from the rebel al Shabaab militia in Somalia beheaded a Christian on the outskirts of Mogadishu last month, sources said. The militants fighting the transitional government in Mogadishu murdered Zakaria Hussein Omar, 26, on Jan. .. Somali Convert from Islam Whipped in Public Published in 2012. NAIROBI, Kenya, January 10 (World Watch Monitor) — A Somali convert from Islam was paraded before a cheering crowd last month and publicly flogged as a punishment for embracing a "foreign religion," sources said. Sofia Osman, a 28-year-old Christian from Janale city in Somali'as Lower
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    Two African Christians Jailed in Jeddah Published in 2003 May 19 (World Watch Monitor) Two African men jailed in Saudi Arabia's port city of Jeddah for "Christian activities" are slated for deportation back to their homelands. Girmaye Ambaye, 44, of Eritrea, was arrested at his sponsor's office on March 25. Ethiopian .... Last Two Christian Prisoners Deported April 19 (World Watch Monitor) An Ethiopian and Filipino Christian jailed since last summer in the Saudi Arabian port city of Jeddah were released and deported to their home countries over Easter weekend. Filipino Dennis Moreno flew home to Manila on Emirates airlines ....Saudi Red Tape Delays Foreign Christians' Release Published in 2002, January 21, Six of 14 foreign Christians slated fordeportation from Saudi Arabia have been released for return to their home countries during the past 10 days. But another eight prisoners and their families remain entangled in a process that could
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    SAUDI ARABIA --- Genesis 3:14. cursed are you (murderess: sharia), more than all the cattle, and, over all the wild animals (666 nazi Pharisee IMF), crawl on your belly (you will not see the presence of God: as, atheist) and eat dust (you will not have eternal life)! Authorities Arrest Christian Convert Published in 2009 January 28 (World Watch Monitor) — LOS ANGELES, January 28 (Compass Direct News) -- Five months after the daughter of a member of Saudi Arabia's religious police was killed for writing online about her faith in Christ, Saudi authorities have reportedly arrested a 28-year-old Christian .... Authorities Arrest Christian Convert Published in 2009 LOS ANGELES, January 28 (World Watch Monitor) — Five months after the daughter of a member of Saudi Arabia's religious police was killed for writing online about her faith in Christ, Saudi authorities have reportedly arrested a 28-year-old Christian man for describing his conversion
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    Philippines -- Genesis 3:14. cursed are you (murderess: sharia), more than all the cattle, and, over all the wild animals (666 nazi Pharisee IMF), crawl on your belly (you will not see the presence of God: as, atheist) and eat dust (you will not have eternal life)! Christians Fear Failed Pact Increases Risk of Reprisals Published in 2008 October 7 (World Watch Monitor) — DUBLIN, October 6 (Compass Direct News) -- Militant Islamists in the southern island of Mindanao have stepped up their attacks on majority-Christian villages following the failure of a peace agreement that would have enlarged an existing Muslim .... Muslim Militants Target Clergy Published in 2008 January 31 (World Watch Monitor) — DUBLIN, January 30 (Compass Direct News) -- In the midst of recent threats of violence against clergy in the Philippines, one repentant murderer next week will express his remorse by visiting the grave of the priest he killed. Norberto Manero
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    Peru -- Genesis 9.5. And for your lifeblood I will surely demand an accounting. I will demand an accounting from every BEAST criminals (LIKE monsters, go to hell). And from each man, too, I will demand an accounting for the life, of his fellow man. Unjustly Imprisoned Christian Freed Published in 2006 February 13 (World Watch Monitor) — February 13 (Compass) -- After serving 13 years for terrorist crimes he didn't commit, Walter Cubas left Lima's maximum security Castro Castro prison February 1 as a parolee. But the 42-year-old Peruvian evangelical labor leader is finding that his .... Court Orders Re-arrest of Wrongly Convicted Christians Published in 2005 September 12 (World Watch Monitor) — September 12 (Compass) — Two Peruvians, one of them an evangelical Catholic, have gone into hiding after Peru's National Penal Court ordered their re-arrest for terrorist crimes that the same court had cleared them of less than a year ago
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    Palestinian Territories --- Genesis 3:14. cursed are you (murderess: sharia), more than all the cattle, and, over all the wild animals (666 nazi Pharisee IMF), crawl on your belly (you will not see the presence of God: as, atheist) and eat dust (you will not have eternal life)! Unknown Assailants Attack Christian School Published in 2008 June 4 (World Watch Monitor) — ISTANBUL, June 4 (Compass Direct News) -- An attack on a Christian school in Gaza last weekend has created fear among the strip's tiny religious minority, a Palestinian Christian said. Armed assailants broke into the El-Manara school in Gaza City's .... Murder of Gaza Christian Unresolved as Threats Continue Published in 2008 February 15 (World Watch Monitor) — Pauline Ayyad and SamaBETHLEHEM, February 15 (Compass Direct News) -- Palestinian Christian widow Pauline Ayyad gave birth in Gaza last week to a healthy little girl, four months after the tiny infant's father was kidnapped and shot to death
     
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Buddhist Mobs Attack Churches    Published in 2009
Buddhist mobs attacked several churches in Sri Lanka last week, threatening to kill a pastor in the southern province of Hambanthota and ransacking a 150-year-old Methodist church building in the capital. On April 8, four Buddhist extremists ....
The Sri Lankan Parliament may soon enact laws designed to restrict religious conversions. A standing committee assigned to consider a draft “Bill for the Prohibition of Forcible Conversions” presented its report to Parliament on Jan. 6, suggesting ....
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, January 26 (Compass Direct News) – The Sri Lankan Parliament may soon enact laws designed to restrict religious conversions. A standing committee assigned to consider a draft “Bill for the Prohibition of Forcible Conversions” ....
Large Anti-Christian Rally Planned    Published in 2008
DUBLIN, June 18 (Compass Direct News) – Buddhist extremists have invited residents of Middeniya, a town in Hambanthota district, southern Sri Lanka, to attend a huge anti-Christian rally this Sunday (June 22), where they have promised to “expose the ....
Attacks on Bible School Continue    Published in 2008
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, March 25 (Compass Direct News) – A Provincial Council member brandishing a gun assaulted a security guard at a Bible college in Lunuwila, Puttlam district two weeks after an attack on 10 of the institution’s students seriously ....
DUBLIN, February 21 (Compass Direct News) – Late last Sunday (February 17) two men gunned down a Sri Lankan pastor, the Rev. Samson Neil Edirisinghe, 37, killing him instantly. They also shot his wife Shiromi, 31, leaving her in critical condition. ....
DUBLIN, June 5 (Compass Direct News) – A pastor and two associates from Mt. Carmel Theological College in Kandy, Sri Lanka, were arrested on May 27 and charged with destroying Buddhist statues. Pastor Suresh Ramachandran, principal of the college, ....
BANGKOK, March 13 (Compass Direct News) – A pastor, his two sons and another young man were reported missing on March 2 after they disappeared en route to a bus stop in Negombo, Sri Lanka. Pastor Victor Emmanuel Yogarajan, 51, from the Gospel ....
DUBLIN, February 20 (Compass Direct News) – Following a renewed outbreak of civil war between the Sri Lankan government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), churches in the northeast are fast becoming another war casualty. The LTTE has ....
Mobs Attack More Churches    Published in 2006
A Buddhist MonkNovember 21 (Compass Direct News) – Buddhist militants attacked two church services in Sri Lanka on November 12 and hit Christian workers returning from a funeral. On Thursday (November 16), they also doused a female church member ....
Christians Cry for Justice Amid Anarchy    Published in 2006
November 14 (Compass Direct News) – In a worsening climate of impunity as Sri Lanka falls into civil war, Buddhist militants have continued their campaign against Christianity, attacking churches and threatening Christian schools. Christians in Sri ....
Three Churches Attacked    Published in 2006
May 12 (Compass Direct) – Unruly mobs have attacked three churches over the past fortnight, in one incident setting car tires on fire in front of a Methodist church to prevent people from entering for Sunday worship. On Saturday (May 6), a Buddhist ....
April 26 (Compass Direct) – Sri Lanka’s Parliament has appointed a 19-member committee to review a bill that would outlaw “forcible” conversion, before it is presented for a final vote. The April 5 move to revive stalled anti-conversion legislation ....
Two Churches Attacked    Published in 2006
January 26 (Compass) – Two churches in Sri Lanka were attacked last weekend as threats from Buddhist monks continued amid tensions between the government and Tamil rebels. Last Sunday (January 22), a mob of roughly 500 people, including 20 Buddhist ....
November 18 (Compass) – Sri Lankans elected a new president yesterday who faces the challenge of dealing with a Buddhist elite seeking greater control over religious minorities. Mahinda Rajapakse, who won by a narrow margin, faces other challenges: ....
September 29 (Compass) – In a surprise move, Buddhist monks have placed before Parliament a constitutional amendment to make Buddhism the state religion of Sri Lanka. It will be considered on October 4. The 19th amendment was first proposed by the ....
September 23 (Compass) – More than 1,000 Buddhist monks staged a protest in Sri Lanka on September 20, asking that anti-conversion legislation be put back on the parliamentary agenda before presidential elections scheduled for November 17. Other ....
The Politics of Conversion    Published in 2005
July 14 (Compass) -- Anti-conversion laws are once again on the agenda in Sri Lanka after a fall-out in parliament that left President Chandrika Kumaratunga desperately in need of Buddhist support. Two separate anti-conversion bills proposed by the ....
May 4 (Compass) -- Ms. Asma Jahangir, the United Nations Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Religion or Belief, is presently in Sri Lanka to probe religious freedom issues with government officials and representatives from Buddhist and Christian ....
April 20 (Compass) -- The Sri Lankan parliament may vote next week on the Act for the Protection of Religious Freedom, an anti-conversion bill proposed by Minister of Buddhist Affairs Ratnasiri Wickremanayake. However in a surprise move, the ....
Vote on Anti-Conversion Bill Nears    Published in 2005
March 24 (Compass) -- The Sri Lankan government will cast a deciding vote on anti-conversion legislation in April, despite sharp criticism of the “Act for the Protection of Religious Freedom.”Section 2 of the legislation’s draft, approved in ....
Church Torched in Pre-Dawn Attack    Published in 2004
December 20 (Compass) — Unknown assailants set fire to St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Katuwana, Homogama, Sri Lanka, in the early hours of December 19.“An unarmed watcher was chased away by the attackers who set fire to everything that was inside ....
Church Torched in Pre-Dawn Attack    Published in 2004
December 20 (Compass) -- Unknown assailants set fire to St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Katuwana, Homogama, Sri Lanka, in the early hours of December 19. Created using gas cylinders and rubber tires, the fire damaged pews, an organ, the altar and ....
DUBLIN, December 9 (Compass) -- Buddhist monks in Sri Lanka have declared a “fast unto death” beginning December 12 if the government fails to accede to three demands. The monks have asked for a presidential inquiry into the death of a senior monk ....
Debate Continues on Anti-Conversion Law    Published in 2004
September 13 (Compass) — Buddhist monks from the Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) party have launched an international campaign to win support for a proposed anti-conversion bill in Sri Lanka, and they seem to have some support. Following a meeting with ....
August 10 (Compass) — Religious tensions are running high in Sri Lanka as their Supreme Court considers a number of petitions for and against a new law that will ban or restrict conversions. The “Prohibition of Forcible Conversion of Religion Act” ....
August 10 (Compass) — Religious tensions are running high in Sri Lanka as their Supreme Court considers a number of petitions for and against a new law that will ban or restrict conversions. The “Prohibition of Forcible Conversion of Religion Act” ....
Evangelical Alliance Suffers Break-In    Published in 2004
July 6 (Compass) — Unidentified vandals broke into the office of the National Christian Evangelical Alliance of Sri Lanka (NCEASL) over the weekend and ransacked filing cabinets and desks. Intruders apparently forced open the back door of the ....
Cabinet Approves Anti-Conversion Law    Published in 2004
June 24 (Compass) — On June 18, the Sri Lankan Cabinet gave initial approval for a draft bill designed to prevent religious conversions. The “Act for the Protection of Religious Freedom” is now being revised by legal draftsmen before being sent back ....
June 8 (Compass) -- Members of the Buddhist Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) party will present a “Bill on the Prohibition of Forcible Conversion” to the Sri Lankan Parliament within the next two weeks. The JHU or National Heritage Party, formed to ....
April 16 (Compass) — A Christian Fellowship Church (CFC) in the Kalutara district of Sri Lanka was attacked on April 11, Easter Sunday. About 10 people, including women and children, were injured in the attack. The church had been closed for three ....
Sri Lanka Considers Anti-Conversion Law    Published in 2004
January 30 (Compass) -- A group of approximately 20 men stormed into a Catholic church in Mattegoda, Sri Lanka, smashing statues and setting fire to Bibles. The attack was the latest in a series of violent incidents against evangelical and Catholic ....
Violence Against Christians Escalates    Published in 2004
January 22 (Compass) — Christians suffered further violence in the Buddhist-majority country of Sri Lanka on January 20, when a Catholic church was attacked near the capital, Colombo. Attackers set fire to the door of St. Anthony’s church and ....
Attacks Target Christians    Published in 2003
(Compass) — Buddhist monks in Sri Lanka carried out further attacks against Christians in November, acting with impunity as the government failed to prosecute several cases of arson and physical assault that occurred the previous month. The Assembly ....
Christians Face Further Attacks    Published in 2003
(Compass) — Attacks on Christians in Sri Lanka intensified during the month of October, prompting the National Peace Council to call for a government investigation. On October 19, members of the New Covenant Life Center of Athurugiriya were meeting ....
(Compass) — Violent attacks against churches have shaken the small Christian community in Sri Lanka. According to the National Christian Evangelical Alliance of Sri Lanka (EASL), four female Christian workers were assaulted on September 17. A week ....
(Compass) — A new government ministry in Sri Lanka has compiled a list of officially recognized churches. However, only the Roman Catholic Church and mainline Protestant denominations were included on the list, while independent and evangelical ....
Buddhist Mobs Attack Five Churches    Published in 2003
(Compass) — Mobs attacked five churches in southern Sri Lanka on August 2. Initial information from the Evangelical Alliance of Sri Lanka (EASL) suggests the organized attack is part of the government’s plan to introduce anti-conversion legislation. ....
Three Churches Attacked    Published in 2003
(Compass) — Attacks on churches and church leaders highlight the ongoing tension between religious groups in Sri Lanka. On May 25, assailants broke into the Heavenly Harvest Church in Kaluvenkerni, beat the pastor mercilessly and ransacked the ....
More Blows for Embattled Church    Published in 2001
(Compass) - In March, Hindu militants joined Buddhist extremists in initiating attacks on Christian worshippers. A mob of about 50 Hindu extremists attacked three Christians walking to church on March 4 in Hanguranketha. Then on March 15, the New ....
Church Bombed    Published in 2001
(Compass) - A newly built Roman Catholic church in Hulandawa, in southern Sri Lanka, was damaged by eight explosions on the morning of January 22. Eight charges of dynamite were laid against the four corners of the church. All were detonated, but ....
(Compass) - An October 25 statement by Catholic leaders called for the newly elected government to refuse to appoint any ministers accused of election rigging and to clean up the entire governmental bureaucracy. Parliamentary elections held October ....
Pastors Prepare for Persecution    Published in 2000
(Compass) - A total of 220 pastors from Sri Lanka’s embattled evangelical Christian community met together in Marawila from June 5 to 8 for the first-ever conference devoted to preparing for persecution in the country. Organized by the Evangelical