ALGERIA: Another Officially Mandated Church Closure
  • 14 August 2019

On 6 August, a church in Bouidjima was officially closed by the National Gendarmerie for failing to have a permit. A government mandate, requiring permits for all churches, was issued in 2006. Yet, even though applications have been properly submitted, the requested permits were not issued. One Algerian church leader refers to the officials’ implementation […]

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ETHIOPIA: Pressure on Churches Building
  • 27 June 2019

An evangelical church in central Ethiopia has been ordered to vacate its building 10 years after it started meeting there. Other churches in the region say pressure is increasing on them, too. The Mekane Yesus Evangelical Church in the town of Robe in Bale zone, about 400km south-east of the capital Addis Ababa, was ordered […]

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Iran: Cross Removed from Recognised Church
  • 30 May 2019

Iranian Intelligence agents, along with EIKO (Execution of Imam Khomeini’s Order) officials directly under the control of the Supreme Leader, raided an Assyrian Presbyterian Church in the north-western city of Tabriz on 9 May. The agents changed the locks, tore down the cross, and ordered the church warden to leave. They made it clear that […]

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UKRAINE: Ban on Church Meetings
  • 28 March 2019

Many churches in eastern Ukraine have stopped meeting after Russian-backed rebels ordered a ban on services. Rebel leaders in the self-declared Luhansk People’s Republic, seized from Ukraine in 2014, have declared all unregistered religious groups illegal. Protestant, Seventh Day Adventist and Pentecostal churches have all had their applications rejected: the 48 Baptist churches in the […]

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ALGERIA: Authorities Shut Down Church Again
  • 31 January 2019

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, the National Gendarmerie informed the owner of the tent that […]

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