Australia – India – Lebanon – Nigeria - Philippines

General February 27, 2009

Religious Liberty Alert | Week ending Friday 27 February 2009

 

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

AUSTRALIA 

'The Australian Christian Lobby (ACL) today questioned the motivation of the Australian Human Rights Commission's freedom of religion review, following revelations in Senate Estimates this morning that it was not in response to public concern for freedom of religion.' ACL Managing Director Jim Wallace said that 'many Christians are also concerned that the review seeks to recommend laws that would ultimately be used to stop Christian churches and organisations having the freedom to employ staff who share their ethos and values'. 

No Credible Basis for Freedom of Religion Review Christian Today | 23 February 2009
http://au.christiantoday.com/article/no-credible-basis-for-freedom-of-religion-review/5532.htm

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INDIA 

The Evangelical Fellowship of India reports that Hindu extremists disrupted a church meeting and 'accused the pastors of forceful conversion, beat them up, tore the Bibles, banners and damaged the sound system'. Police eventually arrived on the scene filing a case against the pastors under Chhattisgarh's Freedom of Religion Bill. The pastors have subsequently been released on bail. 

Selected News is available from the Evangelical Fellowship of India's Webpage http://www.efionline.org/ 

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LEBANON 

'A recent decree by the Lebanese government has allowed its citizens to remove their religious affiliation from their identity cards. . . . Human and civil-rights groups here are campaigning for a unified civil code, under which representatives of all of the country's religious groups will be treated equally.

' Lebanon 'moves right way' on IDBBC | 24 February 2009
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/7906125.stm 

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NIGERIA 

Conflict between two Muslim factions resulted in a mosque being burnt and a nearby church was also set on fire after Christians refused to allow Muslims who were moving their cars away from the mosque to park in their premises. '... the burning of the church and that of the mosque gave an erroneous view that there was a fight between the Muslims and Christians; a situation, which led to the burning of more places of worship.' Further reports indicate that 'More than 200 houses, six churches and three mosques were torched, according to Bauchi Red Cross secretary Adamu Abubakar'. 4,500 people have been made homeless through the arson and looting, there have been 14 deaths and 100 in hospital. 

Bauchi Crisis: Govt Deploys Soldiers
The Guardian (Nigeria) | 22 February 2009 
http://www.ngrguardiannews.com/news/article01/indexn2_html?pdate=220209&ptitle=Bauchi%20Crisis:%20Govt%20Deploys%20Soldiers

Army patrols in Nigeria after sectarian riots AFP | 26 February 2009
http://www.africasia.com/services/news/newsitem.php?area=africa&item=090226155709.sgq6phb3.php 

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PHILIPPINES 

The Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) has attacked a military outpost near Zamboanga, Philippines. 'The fighting comes amid renewed calls by the government for the MILF to resume peace talks that stalled last August. The 12,000-strong MILF has been fighting to set up an Islamic state in the southern third of this largely Christian South East Asian nation for more than three decades.' 

New Muslim rebel attack in Philippines
AFP | Accessed 27 February 2009
http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5hKFaoYHZaSI03VfHZ4O7f8EbX8yw

 

Troops clash with suspected MILF rebels in Zamboanga City Mindanao Examiner | 21 February 2009
http://www.mindanaoexaminer.com/news.php?news_id=20090221035647 

 

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