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ALGERIA: Authorities Shut Down Church Again

Christians in Algeria request prayer for a congregation in the Kayblie region, which faces ongoing pressure from the authorities. After officials sealed the church building in October, the congregation continued to meet for worship in a tent erected in the church yard. On 28 January,

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ALGERIA: Christian Acquitted of Blasphemy Charges

An Algerian Christian farmer from a Muslim background was acquitted of blasphemy charges on 30 December. This farmer became a Christian in 2013 and his wife’s family discovered his conversion. Because of their threats, the farmer moved his family to another province where he began

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ALGERIA: Another Church Closed by the Authorities

Algerian police shut the doors of another church, it was sealed by authorities on 16 October. The congregation is in Azaghar, a village near Akbou, about 180km south-east of Algiers. It has about 300 members and has been active for more than five years. It

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ALGERIA: Four Christians Face Proselytism Charges

Algerian Christians request prayer for four Christians, including three from the same family, who will appear in court on 6 November in the Province of Bouira, in the Kabylie region. These Christians are accused of “inciting a Muslim to change his religion” (a criminal offence

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ALGERIA: Christian Acquitted

In April 2016, Idir Hamdad was returning to Algeria from a study trip to Amman, Jordan. When his luggage was inspected at the airport upon return, customs officials found his Bible and some other Christian books, along with some cross-shaped keychains he had been given.

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ALGERIA: Two More Protestant Churches Closed Down

The authorities in Algeria have closed down two more Protestant churches, amidst growing pressure on the country’s Christian minority. Over the past weekend, police sealed off two churches in the north-eastern province of Kabylie, where much of the growth in the church is happening. One

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ALGERIA: Churches Closed as Repression Escalates

Algeria’s Presidential Decree of March 2006 made any form of witness to Muslims a criminal offence. 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

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ALGERIA: Church Closed

A church in Algeria’s north-western town of Aïn Turk (15km from Oran city) has been closed down by local authorities. Affiliated to the Protestant Church of Algeria (known as EPA), the church was sealed off by police on 9 November. Authorities in Oran claimed the

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ALGERIA: Partial Pardon for Imprisoned Christian

Algerian Christians are grateful that Slimane Bouhafs, imprisoned since September 2016 for blasphemy, has received a partial pardon. His three-year sentence was reduced by 16 months on 5 July, the national day of Algeria, following a decree by President Abdelaziz Bouteflika which provided clemency to

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ALGERIA: Christian Imprisoned for Blasphemy

On 6 September Slimane Bouhafs (49), an Algerian Christian man, was convicted of blasphemy and was sentenced to three years’ imprisonment. Because of Slimane’s deteriorating health, his family and the Algerian Human Rights League (the LADDH) made a public appeal in October for a presidential

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ALGERIA: Blasphemy Appeal Verdict

Slimane Bouhafs (49), an Algerian Christian man, was convicted of blasphemy against Islam and its prophet on 6 August. He was fined heavily and sentenced to five years’ imprisonment – the maximum punishment. L’Église Protestante d’Algérie (the EPA, the Protestant Church of Algeria) filed an

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ALGERIA: Behind Bars for a Facebook Post

Slimane Bouhafs, a Christian in Algeria, has just been jailed for five years – because of a post he put on social media. Bouhafs was convicted of blasphemy for the post on Facebook in which he described the “light of Jesus overcoming the lie of

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ALGERIA: Church Ordered to Close

On 24 April church leaders received a letter from the district authorities requiring their church to cease all religious activities on the grounds that they are in breach of a 2006 decree which regulates non-Muslim worship. This is the second time a church in this

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ALGERIA: Church Issued with Closure Order

A church affiliated with the Protestant Church of Algeria received a letter from the district authorities last week, requiring the church to cease all religious activities on the grounds that they are in breach of a 2006 decree which regulates non-Muslim worship. The authorities have

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