Religious Liberty Alert | Week ending Friday 20 June 2008

General June 20, 2008

* ALGERIA: AFP reports on the persecution of Christians in Algeria following 'a controversial law ... passed in February 2006 demanding non-Muslim congregations seek permits from regional authorities'. Two Christians, recently sentenced and fined for practising a non-Muslim religion, have had their court case postponed.

Christian converts' trial in Algeria postponed: church head
AFP | 19 June 2008
http://afp.google.com/article/ALeqM5hHX_xNe9P26d5anqO9Olo41uiNtw


* EGYPT (RLA Update): Following a violent dispute between Muslims and Coptic Christians in Egypt over the construction of a monastery wall where one Muslim resident died and two Christians were hospitalised, the Coptic Ecclesiastical Council has called on President Mubarek to ensure protection for Christians. The minority Christian population in Egypt encounters 'systemic discrimination and harassment'.

EGYPT COPTS ASK PRESIDENT FOR PROTECTION
Al Arabiya | 16 June 2008
http://www.alarabiya.net/articles/2008/06/16/51589.html

Background article: MAN KILLED WHEN VIOLENCE FLARES IN EGYPT MONASTERY
ABC | 1 June 2008
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2008/06/01/2261580.htm


* NORTH KOREA: Kim Dong-shik was abducted 'in 2000 by North Korean agents in north-eastern China'. Kim Dong-shik is a Christian missionary from Illinois, United States, and his current situation is unconfirmed. The Washington Post report raises concern over diminishing US advocacy for victims of North Korean abductions in the wake of US and North Korean nuclear relations.

N. KOREA'S ABDUCTION OF U.S. PERMANENT RESIDENT FADES FROM OFFICIAL VIEW
Washington Post | 19 June 2008
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/06/18/AR2008061802718.html


* SRI LANKA: Compass Direct News reports that Buddhists in Sri Lanka are running a large anti-Christian rally on Sunday 22 June 2008. The National Christian Evangelical Alliance of Sri Lanka has also reported violence after a similar anti-Christian rally in a school where a Christian student was beaten by other students.

SRI LANKA: LARGE ANTI-CHRISTIAN RALLY PLANNED
Compass Direct News | 18 June 2008
http://www.compassdirect.org/en/display.php?page=news&lang=en&length=long&idelement=5442


* SUDAN: Sudanese troops have been deployed to Abyei to stem the tide of violence in this oil-reach region which has seen many Christian casualties. In 2011 the region will decide in polls whether they want to be part of the Muslim north or the predominantly Christian south.

JOINT NORTH-SOUTH FORCE ARRIVE IN SUDAN'S ABYEI
Reuters | 18 June, 2008
http://uk.reuters.com/article/worldNews/idUKMCD85871420080618

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