Religious Liberty Alert | Week ending Friday 16 May 2008

Prayer May 17, 2008


* ALGERIA: Compass Direct News reports, 'Algerian authorities have charged six Christians with distributing illegal
religious material after detaining them as they left a prayer meeting in a western city last week. The Protestants were
charged with "distributing documents to shake the faith of Muslims," according to a written court summons issued
Saturday (May 10) prior to the men's release in Tiaret city.'

Algeria: Authorities Detain Christians Leaving Prayer Meeting
Compass Direct | 15 May 2008
http://www.compassdirect.org/en/display.php


* BANGLADESH: Compass Direct News reports, 'Muslim villagers in Mymensingh district eager to rid the area of the
Christian work of a local pastor have gang-raped his 13-year-old daughter, the girl's father said.'

Bangladesh: Pastor's 13-Year-Old Daughter Gang-Raped
Compass Direct | 8 May 2008
http://www.compassdirect.org/en/display.php?page=news&lang=en&length=long&idelement=5368


* PHILIPPINES: Muslim rebels have forced hundreds of mainly Christian families off their farms in the southern
Philippines, escalating tensions in the region ahead of the withdrawal of Malaysian peace monitors next week.

UPDATE: MILF (MORO Islamic Liberation Front) have abandoned the village and families have returned to their homes.

Muslim rebels expel Christians in southern Philippines
Reuters | 2 May 2008
http://africa.reuters.com/wire/news/usnMAN123857.html

MILF abandons occupied village
Sun Star Davao (Sth Philippines) | 5 May 2008
To read the article go to < http://www.sunstar.com.ph/davao/index.html > and search on "MILF" to find
< http://www.sunstar.com.ph/static/dav/2008/05/05/news/milf.abandons.occupied.village.html >


* TURKEY: Compass Direct News reports that 'Three men, one of them armed with a gun and wearing gloves, threatened a
Protestant church and its pastor in the Turkish capital city of Ankara yesterday. The culprits fled in a car before
police could be summoned. The attempted attack marked the seventh incident in the past four months of threatened
violence against Turkey's tiny Protestant community, most of whom are former Muslims who converted to Christianity.'

Turkey: Armed Men Threaten Church
Compass Direct News | 7 May 2008
http://www.compassdirect.org/en/display.php?page=news&lang=en&length=long&idelement=5367


* VIETNAM: Human Rights Watch reports, 'Vietnam continues to systematically imprison and persecute independent
Buddhists as well as followers of other religions.'

Vietnam: Religious Freedom Denied
Buddhists Remain Behind Bars While Vietnam Hosts UN Buddhist Celebration
http://www.hrw.org/english/docs/2008/05/08/vietna18774.htm


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