Religious Liberty Alert | Week ending Friday 16 January 2009

General January 16, 2009

India - Indonesia - Nigeria - Pakistan - Palestinian Administered Territories - Philippines - United Kingdom 

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

INDIA 

Christians in West Bengal have lodged a complaint about ongoing discrimination towards the Christian minority by the authorities. Christians feel that they are 'unable to exercise their minority rights and privileges' within the Muslim community and lack State representation. 

'Christians a minority among minorities'

Statesman News Service | 14 January 2009

http://www.thestatesman.net/page.news.php?id=240258 

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INDONESIA 

'Ten suspected members of a terrorist cell linked to the Jemaah Islamiah

(JI) militant group went on trial on Tuesday for plotting attacks against foreigners and Christian priests in Indonesia.

'Whilst the plot to target the priests was dropped JI also 'targeted another priest named Yosua Winardi for "turning Muslims into apostates".' 

Terror suspects on trial in Indonesia

The Age | 13 January 2009

http://news.theage.com.au/world/terror-suspects-on-trial-in-indonesia-20090113-7g68.html 

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'The 2008 Report on the Condition of Religious and Faith Freedom in Indonesia, which was released by the Setara Institute for Democracy and Peace' cites that incidents of religious intolerance are on the increase in Indonesia.  

Religious intolerance getting worse, says report The Jakarta Post | 14 January 2009

http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2009/01/14/religious-intolerance-getting-worse-says-report.html

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NIGERIA 

Christians in Nigeria have accused the government of protecting sponsors of Muslim-Christian violence in the region from prosecution and are neglecting Christian interests in their bias towards Muslim citizens.  

You're biased, Northern Christian leaders tell Yar'Adua Daily Sun | 12 January 2009

http://www.sunnewsonline.com/webpages/news/national/2009/jan/12/national-12-01-2009-05.htm

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PAKISTAN 

Asia News reports that a kidnapped Pakistani Christian pastor, Rev Tanzeel Zafar, was found on Sunday night 'alive but badly injured'. The bishop of Peshawar said that threatening letters addressed to clergymen had been received, including Zafar. Police are not investigating the incident. 

Abducted Protestant clergyman freed in Peshawar, with signs of torture on his body Asia News | 13 January 2009 http://www.asianews.it/index.php?art=14204 

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PALESTINIAN ADMINISTERED TERRITORIES 

Last year the Palestinian Authority adopted 'the traditional Muslim criminal code' in Gaza. The decision to implement Sharia law has been met with criticism by human rights groups in Gaza. 'The criminal code adopted by the PA includes such punishments as lashes, amputation of thieves' hands, crucifixion, approval of blood revenge, and execution.' 

PA Adopts Islamic Criminal Code

Arutz Sheva | 25 December 2008

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/129029 

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PHILIPPINES 

The Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), who seek an autonomous Muslim region in Mindanao, have again attacked Christians, burning the homes of 30 families. Peace talks between MILF and the Philippino government are currently suspended.  

Muslim separatists burn Christian homes in Philippines Radio Australia | 8 January 2009 http://www.radioaustralianews.net.au/stories/200901/2461989.htm?desktop 

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 UNITED KINGDOM '

As the Gaza death toll rises, police are increasingly concerned about the possibility of "reprisal" attacks on Jewish people and buildings.' In Britain, 'Anti-Semitic incidents have increased in recent weeks with a synagogue fire-bombed in north-west London and anti-Israeli graffiti appearing in many Jewish areas.'

 Police warn British Jews of revenge attacks Times Online | 8 January 2009 http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/middle_east/article5470040.ece 

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