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Algerian church leaders to give UK Government full picture on persecution

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“As followers of Christ we are compelled to speak up on behalf of those who clearly have no voice when we see such flagrant restrictions on freedom of religious liberty. We have therefore vowed to keep this matter firmly on the radar screens of the UK government and Parliament.”

11/03/2008 Algeria (Christian Today)-Senior leaders from the Algerian Protestant Church Association are flying to London to brief parliamentarians over how Christians in Algeria are being persecuted.

In the last 12 months, approximately half of Algeria ‘s 50 or so Protestant churches have been ordered to close and more than a dozen Christians have experienced harassment and arbitrary arrest by the authorities. Since Open Doors’ campaign started there have been no more closures, although many individuals have been charged and cases against them are currently going through the courts.

The Algerian pastors will also speak to hundreds of youngsters at City Temple church as part of Pray in their Shoes, an event taking place in London on Saturday. The event will involve young people praying outside the embassies of some of the countries where persecution against Christians is most severe.

“As followers of Christ we are compelled to speak up on behalf of those who clearly have no voice when we see such flagrant restrictions on freedom of religious liberty. We have therefore vowed to keep this matter firmly on the radar screens of the UK government and Parliament.”

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