» 12/13/2010, 00.00
ISLAM – ALGERIA
Four Algerian Christians convicted for setting up a place of worship without a permit
A Protestant clergyman and three of his parishioners were convicted on the basis of a controversial 2006 law that requires a permit to set up a place of worship. This is the first time the law is enforced; some believe it violates Algeria’s constitution.
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Uzbek Christians face persecution and discrimination even after death
The police and town authorities oppose a funeral for a man because his wife and son are Christian. Later they allow it, but in practically concealed form. Christians sentenced to prison solely because they gather together and pray. Persecution expanded against those who do not adhere to the country's official religion, Islam.
A Protestant Pastor confined for 4 years “for his sermons”
That’s the penalty inflicted on pastor Shestakov, detained since January; according to local sources he is “guilty” of having carried out many conversions. Police film and interrogate anyone who attends Church.
Changes to law on religious freedom planned
The authorities have said the amendments will not make things worse but many Protestant groups fear further restrictions on their activities. Small communities are often hassled, fined or forced to wait for a long time to get compulsory registration.
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