Bangladesh's Prime Minister Shaikh Hasina insisted on Monday her walkover win in an election boycotted by the opposition was legitimate and blamed her rivals for the unprecedented bloodshed on polling day.
Last week in Uzbekistan police ransacked the house of a local church member as they searched for Christian materials. She was also taken to the police station for questioning. While searching her house, police confiscated her personal literature, her computer and her passport. Though she has been released from police custody, the court hearing on her case is pending. The police also questioned her about a key ministry person in the area. Please pray that the police will not find anything among her belongings to use against her in court, as well as for His protection over her and the whole ministry in Uzbekistan.
On Monday, authorities in the central Chinese province of Henan beat up and detained a Christian pastor, lawyers, and churchgoers after they tried to hold a Christmas service and highlight the detention of another pastor and his aides. Shenzhen-based pastor Cao Nan, who had arrived at the state-sanctioned church in Henan's Nanle county to conduct the ceremony for worshipers who had traveled from as far away as Shanghai, describes his treatment at the hands of local police in an interview with RFA's Mandarin Service:
Pastor Zhang Shaojie in an undated photo. (Photo courtesy of CHINAaid)
A group of Chinese rights lawyers advocating for a detained Christian pastor and his aides in central China said they were assaulted Friday by a crowd of unidentified people who also harassed a British television crew.