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Jeddah: 35 Ethiopian Christians still in prison after praying in a private home
They were arrested in December 2011. Despite US pressures, Saudi authorities deny religion was the motive behind their detention. Since 2006, praying in private has been allowed in Saudi Arabia.
20/02/2013 SAUDI ARABIA - ETHIOPIA
Saudi Arabia: 53 Ethiopian Christians arrested for praying in a private home
46 are women, and most likely face deportation. The authorities have accused them of converting Muslims to Christianity. There is no religious freedom in the country: the monarchy allows private worship of other faiths, but the religious police carry out indiscriminate arrests.
31/03/2005 SAUDI ARABIA
Police razes clandestine Hindu temple in Riyadh, deports three people
24/09/2004 SAUDI ARABIA
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".
03/08/2007 SAUDI ARABIA
Egyptian Christian medic “hostage” of Saudi kingdom
The man’s case has been highlighted by International Christian Concern: the surgeon has been trying to return home for two years after the Muttawa accused him of being a missionary and confiscated his passport. The authorities continue to delude him with false promises while the man remains jobless.
19/06/2006 SAUDI ARABIA
Arrested: four Christians found praying at home
All the Christians come from eastern African. The arrest was carried out by the muttawa during a prayer service in a private residence.
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