Germany – Indonesia – Iraq – United Kingdom

General March 21, 2009

Religious Liberty Alert | Week ending Friday 20 March 2009  

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

GERMANY 

Amidst fears of resurgent right-wing extremism in Germany, Reuters reports on the rise of neo-Nazi groups amongst teenage German males, the increased use of Nazi symbols and the growing numbers of racist, anti-Semitic youths who believe that the holocaust was "not awful". 'Government figures have shown anti-Semitic crimes rose at the end of last year.' 

German teens drawn to neo-Nazi groups - study Reuters | 17 March 2009
http://in.reuters.com/article/worldNews/idINIndia-38554620090317 

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INDONESIA 

Foreign Policy in Focus explores the increasing religious, political and ethnic intolerance in Indonesia despite Hillary Clinton's claims that 'Islam, democracy, modernity and women's rights' coexist in Indonesia. 'In her remarks in Indonesia, Clinton made no mention of genocide in Papua. She neglected to speak of how political and militant Islam is openly defying the constitution of Indonesia and taking control of several parts of the country. And she was silent about how the business and political elite treats the impoverished, uneducated, and unrepresented majority of the people.' 

Clinton in Indonesia: What She Missed
Foreign Policy In Focus | 18 March 2009
http://www.fpif.org/fpiftxt/5966 

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IRAQ 

Nearly 120 refugees will arrive in Germany this week as part of expected relocation program helping 10,000 Iraqi Christians relocate to Europe. 'The Christian minority in Iraq has faced years of violence and intimidation from al- Qaida in Iraq and other Islamic extremists. In addition, Iraqi Christians are sometimes caught in the middle of a power struggle between Kurds and Sunni Arabs.' 
Iraqi Christian refugees flock to Germany International Herald Tribune | 18 March 2009
http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2009/03/18/europe/EU-Germany-Iraq-Refugees.php
 

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UNITED KINGDOM 

The Reverend Noble Samuel (48), a Pakistani born Christian Minister who hosts an hour-long live Asian TV Gospel Show in the UK, has been attacked in what police are calling a 'faith hate' assault.One man assaulted Samuel while the other two men stole his laptop and Bible. Samuel was warned: 'If you go back to the studio, we'll break your legs.' Samuel continued with the broadcast despite the threat.  

Minister beaten after clashing with Muslims on his TV show Daily Mail | 15 March 2009
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1162039/Minister-beaten-clashing-Muslims-TV-show.html
 

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