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Christian Family Denied Sons Burial Rights Because They Aren’t Muslim

Friday, February 7th, 2014

A family in Algeria was denied the right to bury their son in a public cemetery because they were Christians and not Muslims.

Christian Convert in Algeria Risks Losing Daughter for New Faith

Monday, January 27th, 2014

A court in Algeria has told Ali Touahir, a recent convert to Christianity, that he should renounce his faith if he wishes to reconcile with his wife and be reunited with his 7-year-old daughter. The constitution of Algeria declares Islam as the state religion and, according to the U.S. State Department's report on International Religious Freedom, "prohibits institutions from engaging in behavior incompatible with Islamic morality." Sharing ones faith with others is also illegal for non-Muslims and can be punishable by up to five years in prison. Ali has also received death threats for converting to Christianity. 

Algerian Churches, NGOs Wary as ‘Restrictive’ Law Comes into Force

Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

A new law in Algeria has been launched that will have direct implications on the rights of churches. The law puts serious restrictions on associations, including churches, that allows the government to unilaterally act to close them down. It also has requirements that they be operating in at least 12 regions, making it significantly more difficult for associations to get started. While the law is not specifically targeted at churches they may be among the groups who suffer most.

Algerian Church Attacked Again

Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

A church in southern Algeria again was vandalized when a group of people attempted to break and throw a burning tire over the walls of the church. ICC recently spoke with the pastor and he recounted that similar incidents have happened before. He has filed complaints with the police, but nothing has resulted so far. The church has seen incredible growth in Algeria in recent decades and despite some improvements in the legal system there does remain social hostility towards Christians in some areas.

As Persecution Increases, So Does the Distribution of Scripture

Tuesday, November 26th, 2013

A recent report highlights that in the midst of rising persecution more and more people want access to the scriptures. The distribution of Bibles has continued to increase around the world. In places like Syria, Iraq, and throughout North Africa access to the Bible is crucial to sustaining the church in the midst of the harsh realities of persecution they are suffering.

Algeria Slow in Ruling on Convert’s Appeal of Prison Sentence

Thursday, August 8th, 2013

An Algerian Christian has now waited nine months for a court decision on his appeal. Krimo Siaghi who was accused of “proselytizing” and defaming Islam was sentenced to a longer prison term and bigger fine than what the prosecutors sought in the case. Siaghi was threatened by officers and the judge in the case because he had converted from Islam. While not illegal in Algeria it is considered apostasy and became the justification for his harsh sentencing in the case.

Algerians stage picnics in protest against ‘forced’ fasting

Wednesday, August 7th, 2013

In response to a policy that forces all Algerians, Muslim or otherwise, to publicly keep the Islamic fast during the month of Ramadan, about 200 people staged a public picnic. Islam is the state religion of Algeria and to break the fast is punishable by imprisonment or a fine. Two Algerian Christians were taken to court in 2010 for not keeping the fast. The protestors were responding to intimidation of non-fasters that took place on July 19th. They hoped to make a public statement calling for greater freedom of religion and tolerance of diversity in the North African country.

Algeria’s Protestants Want Their Churches Back

Friday, June 28th, 2013

The Protestant Church of Algeria is seeking to regain several church properties that have been seized and used for other purposes. The church leadership has pursued the process through government channels for more than a decade and has not witnessed tangible results to any of their efforts.

In Algeria, Deserted Cathedrals, “Underground” Christians

Sunday, June 2nd, 2013

"There are perhaps some thousands," said a Muslim Berber official from the Algerian ministry of tourism when asked about the number of Christians living in the country. According to ICC sources, there are an estimated 80,000 Christians in Algeria, most of who are converts from Islam and worship in ‘underground’ house churches. In this article, ANSAmed looks at the history of Christianity in Algeria, especially within the ancient Berber community.

Algerian Court Fines Christian for Proselytizing

Thursday, February 14th, 2013

International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that a Christian was given a hefty fine by an appellate court in Tindouf, Algeria yesterday for proselytizing. The verdict, viewed by advocates as an “attack” on religious freedom, raises concerns about the trial of a second Christian in Oran who may face five years in prison on similar charges.

Christians Sentenced for Proselytizing Fight Verdict in Algerian Court

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

The final verdict of an Algerian sentenced to one year in prison for allegedly propagating the Christian faith is scheduled to be announced today during his appeal hearing in Tindouf. A second Christian, being tried for the same offense in Oran, is expected to learn whether his five-year prison sentence will stand in the coming weeks. The cases’ verdicts will reveal the Algerian government’s commitment, or lack thereof, to religious freedom, rights advocates say.

Christians Sentenced to Prison for Proselytizing in Algeria

Friday, February 1st, 2013

Mohamed Ibaouene, a Christian convert from Islam, learned on December 11 that he had been convicted in absentia on July 4, 2012 by a court and sentenced to one year in prison for allegedly pressuring a Muslim to leave Islam, Morning Star News reports. Ibaouene denies the charge, saying the Muslim was the one pressuring him to change his religion. The verdict has been appealed and the judge plans to reach a decision on February 6.

Christian’s Blasphemy Trial Reconvenes in Algeria

Wednesday, November 21st, 2012

11/21/2012 Algeria (International Christian Concern) – An Algerian Christian accused of defaming Islam was re-summoned to court Monday in Oran following the trial’s nearly one-year adjournment so that new evidence could be presented. The case’s verdict will reveal the government’s commitment, or lack thereof, to religious freedom, rights advocates say. If convicted, the Christian could be sentenced to five years in prison.

Muslim Convert Faces Severe Persecution from Islamic World

Monday, October 22nd, 2012

Mohammed Christophe Bilek, a convert to Christianity, writes for Asia News that Muslims who want to become Christians “are like children asking to be born who are denied the right to exist.” In this article, Mr. Bilek “pleads with Muslims to defend freedom of conscience and the right of Muslims to change their religion in the same way that Christians can embrace the Muslim religion.” Christians who face the greatest persecution in the Islamic world are those who choose to leave Islam and follow Christ. Even in Europe, Christian converts from Islam face abuse and retaliation from their families and communities. Moreover, these new Christians are often rejected by traditional churches who tell them to remain in the religion that he or she was born into. “Faith is a freely given commitment to God. It is to Him that each one of us will have to respond,” says Bilek.

Algeria Arrests Two for Desecration of Christian Graves

Wednesday, September 12th, 2012

Two young men were arrested in eastern Algeria for desecrating Christian graves, Agence France-Presse reports. It is unknown whether or not this act was stirred by religious animosity towards Christians. Similar desecrations of Christian graves occurred in Libya last year to the shouts of “Allah Akbar.”

However, ICC sources in Algeria have reported few cases of Christian persecution in the country in recent months.

Algerian Convert to Christianity Talks about Christ

Sunday, August 12th, 2012

“By coming out openly on TV, with the danger of recognition and persecution for 'apostasy,' Mohammed Christophe reasserted the importance of conversion and baptism. In Muslim nations, various bishops and priests refuse to baptize Muslims who want to become Christian. Yet, conversion means a revolution in the relationship with God, the father, and Jesus, who gave his life, for one gives up everything putting one's life at risk,” Asia News reports.

Christians Face Ongoing Battle to Legalize Churches in Algeria

Thursday, August 2nd, 2012

Christians approaching a Protestant worship service near Freha, Algeria last week were told to return home by an armed mob of disgruntled neighbors. The mob had assembled outside the service and demanded the church’s immediate closure. The congregation, which meets in an unregistered house-church, is the latest group of Christians to be threatened and harassed because of their inability to quickly obtain legal status.

Armed Mob Forces Church to Close in Northern Algeria

Thursday, July 26th, 2012

An armed mob prevented Christians from attending a Protestant worship service in northern Algeria on Friday and demanded the church’s immediate closure. Despite government approval to officially register Protestant churches, congregations throughout the country continue to be threatened and harassed because of their inability to quickly obtain legal status.

Sudanese Authorities Demolish Two Church Buildings

Friday, June 29th, 2012

Hostility toward southern Sudanese grows as officials also confiscate three Catholic schools.

Algeria’s Christians Hopeful that Election will bring Change

Thursday, May 10th, 2012

Alone among its neighbors in North Africa, Algeria has largely been untouched by the uprisings which last year ousted leaders in Tunisia, Egypt, and Libya. Like the recent elections in other Arab states following the uprisings, however, Algeria’s parliamentary elections, which kick off today, could give greater power to Islamists.

Algerian Christian awaits appeal decision after ‘shaking the faith’ of Muslims

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

Mission Network News reports on the ongoing cases of Christian persecution in Algeria.

Muslim Persecution of Christians: February 2012

Saturday, March 24th, 2012

Raymond Ibrahim reports for Gatestone Institute that, “Half of Iraq's indigenous Christians are gone, due to the unleashed forces of jihad [holy war]. Many Christians fled to nearby Syria; yet, as the Assad regime comes under attack from al-Qaeda and others… Christians are experiencing a level of persecution unprecedented in the nation's modern history.” Ibrahim’s series, titled ‘Muslim Persecution of Christians,’ is published each month to document cases of persecution – whether it be general discrimination, arrests, or murder – committed by Muslims in majority Islamic countries, Asia and the West.

Church Ransacked In Eastern Algeria

Friday, February 3rd, 2012

Armed men raided a church in Ouargla, Algeria on Wednesday tearing down the gate to the church’s compound and damaging the iron crucifix on the church’s roof.

Muslim Persecution of Christians: The Christmas Edition

Sunday, January 8th, 2012

Raymond Ibrahim reports in FrontPageMag that the “Nigerian church bombings, wherein the Islamic group Boko Haram killed over 40 people celebrating Christmas mass, is just the most obvious example of anti-Christian sentiment in December.  Elsewhere around the Muslim world, Christmas time for Christians is a time of increased threats, harassment, and fear.” Ibrahim’s series, titled ‘Muslim Persecution of Christians,’ is published each month to document cases of persecution – whether it be general discrimination, arrests, or murder – committed by Muslims in majority Islamic countries, Asia and the West.

How Can We Remain Silent While Christians Are Being Persecuted?

Friday, December 23rd, 2011

A new evil is sweeping the Middle East and the Foreign Office is failing to confront it.

Muslim Persecution of Christians: November 2011

Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

There has been an increase in Islamic persecution of Christians around the world.  This report summarizes some of the incidents of persecution in November 2011. 

Algeria’s Islamists hope for election victory

Sunday, December 18th, 2011

“Algeria's Islamists, buoyed by election victories of their brethren across North Africa over the past two months, are looking to triumph themselves next spring in nationwide polls,” The Associated Press reports.

Algeria Stalls Appeal of Convicted Christian

Saturday, December 17th, 2011

Court’s indefinite postponement of hearing said to reveal judicial foot-dragging.

Algerians Unite to Vindicate Condemned Christian

Thursday, November 24th, 2011

In a positive turn of events, the long awaited trial of Algerian Christian Siagh Krimo was postponed last Thursday after a large gathering of Muslim and Christian supporters rallied for his acquittal. In the unusual show of public solidarity, the demonstrators’ message rang loud and clear – to unjustly condemn one Algerian is to violate the rights of all Algerians.

Algeria: Numbers do not make a Church

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

“According to US Government Statistics today over 99% of Algerians are Muslim. Yet this was not always the case. Algeria was once a centre of Christian culture and faith with over 500 diocese and 1500 bishops. Mark Riedemann for Where God Weeps in cooperation with Aid to the Church in Need interviews Archbishop Ghaleb Moussa Abdallah Bader, the Archbishop of Algeria.”

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