Algeria - Balkans - Germany - Indonesia - Pakistan - Yemen

General March 30, 2009

Religious Liberty Alert | Week ending Friday 27 March 2009 

http://www.ea.org.au/ReligiousLiberty/Alerts.aspx   

ALGERIA 

New Muslim broadcasting in Algeria 'seems to be part of a concerted effort to shift the focus of Algerian TV viewers away from the diverging views of the religious channels from the Gulf, as well as the popular Arabic Christian satellite TV channels'. The Director of the Christian TV production company Arab Vision has said that new Algerian programming seems to be more about 'neutralising the effect of Christian TV broadcasts' than the claims that it seeks to reduce terrorism.  

Algeria to launch new religious TV station Religious Intelligence | 18 March 2009
http://www.religiousintelligence.co.uk/news/?NewsID=4126 

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BALKANS 

The Weekly Standard discusses the rise of Wahhabism in the Balkan territory including anti-Christian rhetoric preached in mosques. 

Wahhabism in the Balkans
The Weekly Standard | 4 March 2009
http://www.weeklystandard.com/Content/Public/Articles/000/000/016/227tekxq.asp 

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GERMANY 

The secretary-general and chairman respectively of two non-profit organisations in Germany, the IGMG (Islamic Community of Milli Görüs)and the IGD (Islamic Community of Germany), have been charged. 'According to estimates by the office of the General Prosecutor in Munich, Germany, the IGMG and IGD smuggled more than 3 million euros to radical organizations across the Muslim world in 2008.' The article highlights the increasingly parallel society being created in Germany amongst radical Muslims. 

Exclusive: Muslim Leaders in Germany Charged on Corruption and Funding Militant Organizations Family Security Matters | 25 March 2009
http://www.familysecuritymatters.org/publications/id.2833/pub_detail.asp
 

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INDONESIA 

Dutch journalists have been detained for reporting on a rally in Papua calling for independence from Indonesia during the visit of Nicholas Jouwe, OPM (The Free Papua Movement, Organisasi Papua Merdeka, OPM) co-founder. Jouwe has returned to Indonesia from the Netherlands to meet with Indonesian officials and President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono. 'The preceding talks in the Netherlands centred on fighting corruption, religious rights in the province, and the possibility of releasing imprisoned separatist fighters, Reuters new agency reported, citing an Indonesian official.' The BBC is reporting that the journalists have been released. 

Dutch journalists detained in Indonesian Papua Expatica | 24 March 2009
http://www.expatica.com/nl/news/local_news/Dutch-journalists-detained-in-Indonesian-Papua_50919.html
 

Papua separatist in Indonesia talks
AlJazeera | 21 March 2009
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia-pacific/2009/03/200932161344224827.html 

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PAKISTAN 

A judge ruling against the Taliban has created conflict in the Swat district of Pakistan where Sharia Law has been implemented after negotiations between the Taliban and the Pakistani government. Disagreements between a judge in the newly appointed Islamic Sharia Court and the Swat Taliban commander highlight that the implementation of Sharia Law in the Swat district of Pakistan may not have been as straightforward as the Taliban had hoped. 'The Taleban have always said they want the implementation of their version of Sharia Law here,' a local legal expert explained to the BBC - an implementation of Sharia that favoured their own political pursuits. The implementation of Sharia in Swat has alarmed human rights and religious liberty groups. 'Human rights activists are horrified at the possibility of punishments such as the amputation of limbs, whipping and stoning to death being implemented' 

Swat Taliban find Sharia a challenge
BBC | 24 March 2009
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/south_asia/7959100.stm 

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YEMEN 

Two suicide bombings, one killing four South Korean tourists, and a failed attempt against Korean investigators and family members of the victims 'followed calls by leaders of al Qaeda's regional wing to attack non-Muslim foreigners in the Arabian Peninsula'. 

Six held in Yemen for planning al Qaeda attacks Reuters | 25 March 2009
http://uk.reuters.com/article/worldNews/idUKTRE52O5OW20090325 

Yemen suicide bomber targets S Koreans
Asia One | 18 March 2009

http://news.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/World/Story/A1Story20090318-129392.html 

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Digest compiled by Australian Evangelical Alliance (AEA) Religious Liberty Commission (RLC). All URL links were active when the digest was issued. Whilst the RLC has taken every care in selecting the items included, their authenticity depends on the original source.  

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