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Brian O�Connor: �My story, a Christian in a Saudi jail�


25/11/2004
Brian O'Connor: "My story, a Christian in a Saudi jail"
Exclusive interview with Brian O'Connor, an Indian Protestant accused of evangelising activities and freed after an international campaign supported by AsiaNews.  He says that in "Saudi jails there are many more Brians who need help."

25/11/2004
Christians arrested and persecuted in Saudi Arabia
Riyadh prisons are full of Christians but also Shiites and 'heretical' Sufi practitioners.

27/10/2004
Ten months in jail and 300 lashes for Christian prisoner O'Connor
Indian Christian in prison for seven months charged with evangelisation sentenced only for "selling alcohol". Indian Christian activist writes to Saudi monarch asking for his compatriot's release.

24/09/2004
New false accusations brought in court against O'Connor, an Indian-born Christian

Details about the arrest point to a plot by Islamic police against the Christian man who has been in jail for the last six months on charges of "evangelisation".


05/08/2004
O'Connor, a Christian from India, may soon be free

Solidarity from the whole Christian world. Bishop of Arabia: "Ours is a catacomb Church".


09/06/2004
Solidarity for poor O'Connor, the Christian tortured by the Saudi police

Interview to M.P. Mario Scajola, president of the Italian division of the World Muslim League (Rome)




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EGYPT – LEBANON
Muslims and Christians meet in Cairo for Jerusalem, 'the cause of causes'

Fady Noun

A conference was held on 16-17 January at al-Azhar. Many prominent figures from Lebanon took part, including the Maronite Patriarch Bechara Al-Rahi. The Arab world is divided between "complicit passivity" and "noisy but ineffective speeches". For a former Lebanese premier, coordinated actions are needed to ensure greater efficacy on behalf of Jerusalem’s "pluralistic identity " and "religious freedom". Card Al-Rahi called for joint prayers, Islamic-Christian interfaith solidarity in the Arab world, and support for the Palestinians.


CHINA
Yunnan: Christians accused of membership in an apocalyptic sect get up to 13 years in prison



The Three Grades of Servants cult, an underground pseudo-Protestant sect founded in Henan, is especially strong in the countryside. Those convicted claim they are just ordinary Christians and know nothing about the sect. Defense lawyers have been threatened with loss of their license to practice.


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