Religious Liberty Alert -- Week Ending Fri 18 April 2008

General April 20, 2008



* COLOMBIA -- Christian Solidarity Worldwide has 'received an urgent call for prayer and action on behalf of
parish priests in Colombia who, along with a number of local human rights groups, have received e-mail
messages declaring them "military objectives" to be eliminated. The messages were signed by the Northern
Block of the Black Eagles, an emerging paramilitary group made up of former members of the now demobilised
United Self-defence Forces of Colombia (the AUC)'

CSW URGENT ACTION -- COLOMBIAN PRIESTS RECEIVE DEATH THREATS
Christian Solidarity Urgent Action E-mail -- Received 17 April, 2008
http://www.csw.org.uk/urgentaction.htm

* INDIA -- 'Two young women from a Gospel for Asia Bible college were chased and threatened by 70 anti-
Christian extremists after conducting a worship service in Orissa, India. "We will burn you alive like Graham
Staines and his children!" they shouted at the women. Graham Staines, an Australian missionary in Orissa, was
burned to death in 1999. Religious extremists set fire to the vehicle Staines and his two young sons were
sleeping in, killing them all.'

WE WILL BURN YOU LIKE GRAHAM STAINES
Assist News -- 17 April, 2008
http://www.assistnews.net/Stories/2008/s08040100.htm

* INDIA -- 'Believing that his brother's Christian faith was black magic that resulted in the death of his
teenage daughter, a tribal villager in Dhar district, Madhya Pradesh State on 3 April killed Thakur Sing Bhil
with an arrow shot to the chest, relatives said.'

INDIA: TRIBAL VILLAGER MURDERS CHRISTIAN BROTHER
Compass Direct News -- 15 April, 2008
http://compassdirect.org/en/display.php?page=news&lang=en&length=long&idelement=5333

* SOMALIA -- 'Four teachers, two British citizens of Somali origin -- Mr Daud Hassan Ali (64) and Ms Rehana
Ahmed (32) -- and two unidentified Kenyans, were shot and killed by Islamist insurgents during a midnight
raid on the Hakab Private English School in the town of Beledweyne, south-central Somalia on 13 April.'

FOUR TEACHERS KILLED IN SOMALIA
Voice of the Martyrs -- Viewed 18 April, 2008
http://www.persecution.net/pnp.htm#1

* SUDAN -- 'Sudan's south said a census vital to sharing wealth and power with its former northern foe would
not take place until questions on ethnicity and religion -- major issues behind decades of civil war -- were
included.'

SOUTH SUDAN BLOCKS CENSUS OVER ETHNICITY, RELIGION
Reuters -- 13 April 2008
http://www.reuters.com/article/email/idUSMCD354648._CH_.2400

World Evangelical Alliance (WEA) Religious Liberty Commission (RLC) has selected this
digest of significant articles as a resource for the informed concern, prayers,
support and advocacy of the Christian Church on behalf of its sisters and brothers
who are suffering for their faith in Christ.

Contact email: < owner-religious-liberty@hub.xc.org >

PLEASE NOTE: All URL links were active at the time this email was issued but may have
since been removed by the respective owners. Whilst the RLC considers the items
included are credible, the RLC has not necessarily verified them. Therefore anybody
quoting an item should satisfy themselves about its accuracy as well as attribute its
original source to fulfil copyright law.