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06/04/2021 Algeria (International Christian Concern) –  A church building in Mostaganem was returned to the Église Protestante d’Algérie (EPA), or Protestant Churches of Algeria, after nearly a decade of court proceedings. The Mostaganem church is one of several EPA places of worship appropriated by government authorities.

Utilized as a public health center until 2011, the local authorities then leased the building to another health organization. In 2012, the EPA began an official legal case after requesting the return of the building for some time. The court verdict was reached in May 2019 that mandated the building be returned to the EPA. However, they failed to implement it in the two months required by law and the EPA finally has the building as of May 2021.

Mostaganem church is one of several Protestant church buildings that faces discrimination under a 2006 Ordinance that prohibits non-Muslim worship in buildings not designated for that purpose without permission. However, no licenses have been issued since the ordinance was put into effect. Sixteen EPA churches remain closed under the 2006 ordinance and falsified building safety compliance issues.

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