» 09/19/2014, 00.00
Protestant pastors convicted of "attempted proselytising" in Bhutan
The two were sentenced for engaging in "unauthorised fundraising" and organising a meeting for the purpose of worship "without the necessary permits". The authorities repeatedly changed the charges during the trial. There is no substantial evidence of guilt. This story is but another example of religious freedom violation and persecution of the Christian minority.
Bhutan: Christian sentenced to three years for proselytizing
Singh Gurung, an ethnic Nepali Protestant Christian, was arrested in June for projecting a film about Jesus in two rural villages. Accused of trying to promote civil unrest.
Ongoing human rights violations in Bhutan, the sham happy kingdom
Two Protestant men are wanted by police for their ties with Prem Singh Gurung, a fellow Christian who got three years in prison for screening a movie on the life of Jesus. Exiled dissident complains about the violence against political dissidents as well as ethnic and religious minorities. “The regime has tried to fool the international community by using the term democracy,” he said.
Church wants to help quake-hit population
Fr Alex Gurung said the Church is always ready to intervene to help the people. But "missionaries are not allowed. The government fears conversions but we only want to serve everyone, rising above religion."
Almost no place for minority religions on Bhutan's national TV
Bhutan's government has expanded coverage by state-owned TV to the entire country. Religious minorities complain however that programming is so one-sided that is seems designed to enforce Buddhist cultural hegemony at the expense of all other groups.
11/07/2016 17:03:00 NEPAL
Nepali Christians arrested on proselytising charges for handing out Bibles to quake victims
Seven lay people and a clergyman could face trial as the court vets the evidence to rule on the indictment. The accused were arrested in June for distributing copies of the holy book at a school in Dolakha District. In fact, the students who got the Bibles were Christians and had asked for a copy. Hindu nationalist groups demand the maximum sentence.
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