Algerian Court Prolongs Conversion Case

11/09/2018 Algeria (International Christian Concern) –  Four Algerian Christians, three of whom belong to the same family, had their November 6th court case postponed until November 27th. They have been accused of “inciting a Muslim to change his religion.” If convicted, these Christians can be punished with up to five years in prison and fine as high as $8,700.

In July 2018, a woman accused her husband of converting to Christianity from Islam. A Christian family tried to mitigate the family conflict, which lead the woman to accuse them of also wanting her to convert.

Algeria’s constitution provides for the freedom of worship but declares Islam to be the state religion. Christian outreach is prohibited under Ordinance 6-3 of 2006. Officially, Christians make up less than 1% of the population. Over the past year, Algeria has cracked down on the practice of Christianity as the authorities attempt to consolidate their oversight of churches.

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