India – Indonesia – Iran – North Korea - Philippines

General April 9, 2009

Religious Liberty Alert | Week ending Friday 10 April 2009 

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

* PLEASE NOTE there will be no RLA next week. 

INDIA 

Dara Singh, who was sentenced to life in prison for the murder of Graham Staines and his sons Philip and Timothy (who were burned alive while in their car), is running for the legislative assembly of Ghasipura. Asia News reports that Dara Singh is 'a fervent supporter of Hindutva (nationalist and fundamentalist Hindu culture) and a fierce opponent of conversion to Christianity' and has been involved in other crimes against Christians in India. 

Orissa: murderer of missionary Graham Staines runs for election
Asia News | 6 April 2009
http://www.asianews.it/index.php?l=en&art=14925&size=A
 

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INDONESIA 

Three of ten suspected terrorists have been sentenced to 12 years in jail after 'the group were arrested for plotting to bomb a cafe in the West Sumatra town of Bukittinggi and attempting to murder two Christian priests in Jakarta in 2006. Police found 20 bombs kept in the house of one of the group members in Palembang. They are also accused of attacking Christian priest Yosua Winardi and murdering Christian teacher Dago Simamora in 2007.'  

Three Militants Get 12 Years Jail
The Jakarta Globe | 7 April 2009
http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/news/city/article/15729.html 

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IRAN 

'Two Iranian Christian women are still being held at the notorious Evin prison in Iran. They were arrested on March 5,2009 because of their Christian faith and have been accused of "anti-government" activity.' 

Ministry Reports Iranian Christian women 'held in cell with 27 other women and suffering ill-health'
Assist News | 3 April 2009
http://www.assistnews.net/STORIES/2009/s09040024.htm 

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NORTH KOREA 

Open Doors reports, 'North Korean authorities have stepped up their measure for exposing all underground church members by increasing surveillance.  . . . There are an estimated 400,000 Christians secretly worshipping in North Korea, according to Open Doors sources in the country. An estimated 200,000 Christians are currently in prison labor camps because of their faith.' 

Ministry: N. Korea Steps Up Crackdown on Christians
Christian Post | 7 April 2009
http://www.christianpost.com/Intl/Persecution/2009/04/ministry-n-korea-steps-up-crackdown-on-christians-07/
 

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PHILIPPINES The charity 'Aid to the Church in Need' reports Christians living in Jolo, in the southern Philippines, live in fear because 'attacks on Christians by Islamic extremists still regularly continue'.

 Philippines - Christians in Jolo are still living in fear Aid to the Church in Need | 6 April 2009
http://members4.boardhost.com/acnaus/msg/1238979376.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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