Religious Liberty Alert | Week Ending Fri 25 April 2008

Prayer April 24, 2008

Religious Liberty Alert | Week Ending Fri 25 April 2008
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* AFGHANISTAN

The Afghan government is limiting the country's media freedom by
banning television shows that contradict Afghan culture and
Islamic values.

AFGHAN MPS MAY BAN JEANS AND MAKEUP
The Guardian -- 24 April 2008
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2008/apr/24/afghanistan.islam

NEW DEADLINE FOR BAN ON INDIAN SHOWS ON AFGHAN TELEVISION
AFP -- Accessed 24 April 2008
http://afp.google.com/article/ALeqM5j-et_cbi-fwCZZc1kCm0J_TtaBIA


* BANGLADESH

Bangladesh's 'National Women Development Policy' that seeks to
promote women's presence in parliament has met with opposition and
protests from Muslims who believe elements of the policy are
opposed to the Qur'an and the Hadith. The caretaker government has
been criticised for not speaking out more strongly against the
protests amidst the unstable political context and the rise of
Islamist political parties and influence.

BANGLADESH ON PATH TO DEMOCRACY
Hindustan Times -- 18 April 2008
http://www.hindustantimes.com/StoryPage/StoryPage.aspx?id=3d428e9d-6ff8-46f1-9326-fe5d917f4afd&&Headline=Bangladesh+on+path+to+democracy


THE RISE OF ISLAMIST EXTREMISM IN BANGLADESH
Global Politician -- 22 April 2008
http://globalpolitician.com/24576-bangladesh

ULEMA BODY'S VIEWS GO AGAINST CONSTITUTION
The Daily Star -- 20 April 2008
http://www.thedailystar.net/story.php?nid=32948

NATIONAL WOMEN DEVELOPMENT POLICY PROTESTED BY THE ACTIVISTS OF
DIFFERENT ISLAMIST OUTFITS
E-Bangladesh -- 14 March 2008
http://www.e-bangladesh.org/2008/03/14/national-women-development-policy/


* INDONESIA

The Indonesian government prepares to outlaw the Ahmadiyya sect in
response to Muslim protests and demands.

INDONESIANS DEMAND BAN ON SECT
BBC -- 20 April 2008
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/7357021.stm

INDONESIAN MUSLIMS RALLY FOR BAN ON AHMADIYYA SECT
Reuters -- 20 April 2008
http://in.reuters.com/article/worldNews/idINIndia-33130920080420?sp=true


THOUSANDS DEMAND AHMADIYAH DISBAND
The Jakarta Post -- 22 April 2008
http://old.thejakartapost.com/detailheadlines.asp?fileid=20080421.A04&irec=3



* LEBANON

Two members of Lebanon's Christian Phalange Party were shot on
Sunday. Lebanon faces ongoing political strife between the ruling
party and the opposition.

FUNERAL HELD FOR TWO SHOT DEAD AT POLITICAL PARTY MEET
AFP -- Accessed 23 April 2008
http://afp.google.com/article/ALeqM5hd_OwpuA_Z2i80oNRBTIxtTNGxBQ

TWO PRO-GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS SHOT DEAD IN LEBANON
Reuters -- 20 April 2008
http://www.reuters.com/article/middleeastCrisis/idUSL20214781


* SOMALIA

Ongoing violence in Somalia escalated on the weekend between
Islamist insurgents and the Ethiopian military backed Somali
Government. Insurgents are known to establish Sharia Law over
towns where they gain control. In April 'Voice of the Martyrs'
reported that Daud Hassan Ali, a Christian convert from Islam, was
murdered along with other teachers from an English Language School
in Somalia.

SOMALIA DEATH TOLL NEARS 100 WITH FRESH FIGHTING
Reuters -- 22 April 2008
http://africa.reuters.com/wire/news/usnL22155681.html

SOMALIA CLASHES 'THE WORST SINCE 1991'

CNN -- 21 April 2008 http://edition.cnn.com/2008/WORLD/africa/04/21/somalia.fighting/?iref=mpStoryview


SOMALIS FLEE AFTER MOGADISHU BATTLE
Al Jazeera -- 21 April 2008
http://english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/0B73D645-799B-4F97-9AAA-0A66A5093DE8.htm


BRITONS, KENYANS AMONG FOUR KILLED IN SOMALIA ATTACK
AFP -- 14 April 2008
http://afp.google.com/article/ALeqM5jnsUhOQmWUlL50Mj1nZnSCB-2Pwg

ISLAMIC MILITANTS MURDER 4; WIDOW CLAIMS ONE KILLED FOR FAITH
Mission Network News -- 17 April 2008
http://www.mnnonline.org/article/11130


* SRI LANKA

Father M X Karunaratnam, a Roman Catholic priest and human rights
campaigner has been killed in a bomb blast in Sri Lanka. Tamil
Tiger rebels blame the military for the blast. The military deny
the allegations.

BOMB BLAST KILLS SRI LANKA PRIEST
BBC -- 20 April 2008
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/7357428.stm

TIGERS ACCUSE SRI LANKA OF KILLING PRIEST, BOMBING CIVILIANS
AFP -- Accessed 23 April 2008
http://afp.google.com/article/ALeqM5iVZgMgOFbxs6mbevc8hXDYGPg91w


* WEST PAPUA

Human Rights Groups and Radio New Zealand report the arrest and
subsequent release of seven University students for raising the
banned Morning Star flag during a peaceful demonstration in
Jayapura.

STUDENTS DETAINED AND DEMONSTRATION IN JAYAPURA
Radio New Zealand International -- 22 April 2008
http://www.rnzi.com/pages/news.php?op=read&id=39302

SEVEN STUDENTS IN PAPUA RELEASED FOLLOWING ARREST OVER DEMOCRACY
PROTEST Radio New Zealand International -- 23 April 2008
http://www.rnzi.com/pages/news.php?op=read&id=39323

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