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The 2006 law requires non-Muslim worship buildings to be licensed, but all applications to do so have remained unattended. “We all know that these laws are only there to muzzle Christians and other religious minorities”.
Growing pressure on Christians in China, Algeria, Burkina Faso, according to the 2020 Open Doors World Watch List. Christians face severe persecution in 73 countries.
A letter was delivered to the ambassador “in favour of religious freedom in Algeria and in support of the evangelical churches in that country”.
The EU adopted a resolution which calls “for an end to violations against the freedom of Christians and other religious minorities to worship”
This year International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church is on November 10th. One out of every nine professing Christians face persecution, isolation and violence worldwide.
The closure of at least 12 Protestant church buildings gets international attention. Algerian Christians share their situation in videos posted online. 63,000 have already signed a petition defending religious freedom.
Video of the moment police officers enter a Protestant evangelical church near Tizi-Ouzou to close it. Church members do not stop singing, and peacefully resist later.
Police use force to eject Christians resisting in protest. The closures this week bring to 15 the number of worship buildings sealed since the government launched a campaign againt churches.
Peaceful demonstrations call authorities to “stop closure of worship places”. Churches re-organise themselves in houses as the government threatens to close more buildings.
Algerian Christians think the governmental campaign against Protestant churches will continue. But “the churches of Algeria have a very firm and mature leadership with a clear vision of God”.
During the 42nd session of the UNHRC in Geneva, the World Evangelical Alliance called on the international community to protect religious freedom and peace.
The place of worship in the city of Boghni was used by two Protestant communities. Around 380 members are affected.
Algerian authorities have engaged in a systematic campaign to close Christian places of worship and other Christian institutions since November 2017.
“Many more churches are threatened with closure, amid denial of formal registration and recognition by authorities”, the World Evangelical Alliance says in a statement.
Congregation initially refuses to leave. “The assembly finally yielded and agreed to leave the premises, but with much pain”, Pastor Takilt said.
Separately, another judge fines owner of land where church was meeting in a tent.
Citing a law that requires authorization for non-Muslim places of worship, authorities in North-central Algeria ordered the closure of the church and its Bible school.
Muslims in-laws pressured women to accuse husbands.
The Algerian Protestant Church “fully shares the aspirations and the legitimate demands of the Algerian people in their peaceful fight for a modern and democratic Republic”.
Churches pray that the tensions caused by the postponement of the presidential election will result in a peaceful political transition.
According to World Watch List, released today by Open Doors International, 4,305 people died in 2018 because of their Christian faith. Christian persecution has drastically increased.
“Today I am far from my family, my wife, and my two daughters, without work or home”, he said. “Such is the lot of a Muslim who converts to Christianity in Algeria today”.
Police and customs officers interrogating the convert pressured him to renounce Christ.
More than 100 military personnel were on board the plane. It crashed in the province of Blida, near capital Algiers.
Christians are humiliated at airports, body-searched as if they were criminals or traffickers, compared to terrorists.