Amendments to the law in June 2007 mandated that Christian activities could only take place within government-approved associations and structures.
The repressive measures are the efforts of a regime eager to appease fundamentalist and militant Islamists.
Persecution has escalated in recent months. Four churches have been closed and 25 of the country’s 45 Protestant churches have received notices to comply with the new regulation or face closure.
The escalating repression could be an attempt by the ruling party to demonstrate its Islamic credentials ahead of the 2019 presidential elections.
Source: Christian Faith and Freedom