Religious Liberty Alert | Week ending Friday 5 September 2008

General September 6, 2008

INDIA - IRAN - KENYA - UNITED NATIONS - VIETNAM

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INDIA

UCA News reports 'Some Church institutions have incurred right-wing Hindu groups' wrath for closing to protest anti-Christian violence in Orissa, eastern India.'

INDIA Christian Schools Face Trouble For Closing To Protest Orissa Violence
UCA News | 2 September 2008
http://www.ucanews.com/2008/09/02/christian-schools-face-trouble-for-closing-to-protest-orissa-violence/

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BBC News reports, 'More than 10,000 Christians are living in refugee camps in the eastern Indian state of Orissa after anti-Christian violence in the area, officials say ... Trouble began 10 days ago after Swami Laxmanananda Saraswati was shot along with four others in an attack in the Kandhamal district. Hindu mobs blamed the killing on Christians and burnt down monasteries, churches and an orphanage.'

India Christians shelter in camps
BBC News | 1 September 2008
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/7591217.stm

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According to The National, 'India's communist rebels have warned Hindus against carrying out revenge attacks on Christians, admitting for the second time that they were behind the assassination of a popular Hindu leader over a week ago. Hindu activists were convinced that local Christians had killed Swami Laxmanananda Saraswati and four other Hindu leaders on Aug 23, sparking anti-Christian riots that have seen at least 44 people killed, hundreds of houses and churches destroyed and thousands of people driven from their homes in Kandhamal, eastern Orissa state. Some 3,000 Christians have also reportedly been forced to convert to Hinduism at "gunpoint".'

Maoists issue strict warning to Hindus
The National | 1 September 2008
http://www.thenational.ae/article/20080901/FOREIGN/721209607/1103/SPORT

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IRAN

CBN News and Voice of the Martyrs report, 'Less than one half of one percent of the Iranian population is Christian. There were nearly four times as many Christians just before the Islamic Revolution, but many fled the country because of Islamic extremism. Some of those who remain often share their faith with Muslims. As a result, the evangelical house church movement is now growing rapidly.'

House Churches Growing in Iran
CBN News | 2 September, 2008
http://www.cbn.com/CBNnews/437006.aspx

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KENYA

BBC News reports, 'There are dozens of Somalis living in Nairobi who have converted from Islam to Christianity ... But they live in constant fear of persecution from members of the Somali community, which is predominantly Muslim. There is a sizeable Somali community in Kenya, comprising ethnic Somali Kenyans, and a large number of refugees from Somalia.'

Somali Christians struggle in Kenya
BBC News | 1 September 2008
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/7464035.stm

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UNITED NATIONS

The Organisation of the Islamic Conference's 'Combating Defamation of Religion' is currently before the United Nations General Assembly for renewal again. 'US officials said they hope to persuade moderate Muslim nations ... to reject the measure, which lacks the force of law but has provided diplomatic cover for regimes that repress critical speech.'

U.S. fights Islamic anti-defamation push
Washington Times | 2 September, 2008
http://www.washtimes.com/news/2008/sep/02/us-fights-islamic-anti-defamation-push/

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VIETNAM

UNPO reports on the religious persecution of Christians in Vietnam as explained by the Montagnard Foundation to the
European Parliament.

Montagnards: Telling Their Situation to the European Parliament
UNPO | 29 August 2008
http://www.unpo.org/content/view/8586/130/

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