Religious Liberty Alert | Week ending Friday 7 November 2008

General November 7, 2008

AFGHANISTAN - ALGERIA - INDONESIA - IRAQ - PAKISTAN - RELIGIOUS FREEDOM - SOMALIA - VIETNAM

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

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AFGHANISTAN

Associated Press reports 'Taliban gunmen killed a Christian aid worker in Kabul as she was walking to work on Monday,
and the militant group said it targeted the woman because she was spreading her religion.'

Taliban gunmen kill Christian aid worker in Kabul
Associated Press | 20 October 2008
http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5hvWEqwq3CrRvaQCmt21MfoYhjZJQD93U7IS00

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ALGERIA

Twenty churches in Algeria 'have been told to stop their activities' and reports of believers, missionaries and locals,
being sentenced continues.

Persecution rising in Algeria
Mission Network News | 24 October 2008
http://www.mnnonline.org/article/11805

BACKGROUND - ALGERIA: PERSECUTION SPURS DEBATE

Religious Liberty Prayer Bulletin | No. 483 | Wed 18 Jun 2008
http://www.ea.org.au/default.aspx?id=13f4212d-fd05-4b5b-87bd-21813c15be3f

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INDONESIA (Updated RL Alert)

Compass Direct reports following ongoing strife at the campus of the Arastamar Evangelical School of Theology (SETIA)
700 students have had to evacuate and move elsewhere after protesters armed with 'machetes, sharpened bamboo and acid'
were 'urged on by announcements from a mosque loudspeaker to "drive out the unwanted neighbour"' and forced the staff
and students off the campus. Twenty students were injured.

Indonesia: Theology Students Move To Abandoned Office
Compass Direct | 27 October 2008
http://compassdirect.org/en/display.php?page=news&lang=en&length=long&idelement=5660

BACKGROUND - Indonesia: Pastor Assaulted, Threatened
Compass Direct News | 18 September 2008
http://www.compassdirect.org/en/display.php?page=news&lang=en&length=long&idelement=5595

BACKGROUND - Attack forces Indonesian Christian theology students off campus
Associated Press Jakarta | 22 August 2008
http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1219218616072&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull

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IRAQ

Persecution of Christians in the Iraqi city of Mosul continue with few Christians returning despite government promises
of protection. Associated Press reports, 'Sunni insurgents are believed to be behind the campaign that has chased away
roughly half the city's Christian population.'

Few Christians returning to restive Iraqi city
Associated Press | 22 October 2008
http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5hwK_CSpBxsNuVUEaDuOwmSSCiqGwD93VEGGG1

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The Guardian reports, 'The full scale of the persecution of Christians in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul became
apparent last night when the UN's refugee agency said about 13,000 had been hounded from their homes this month - more
than half of the city's Christian community.'

Killings force 13,000 Christians to flee Mosul
The Guardian | 25 October 2008
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2008/oct/25/iraq-religion

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PAKISTAN

Compass Direct News reports of 'ongoing intimidation' of Christopher Manzer, pastor of Sharing Life Ministry. In
addition to the recent beating of a parishioner, police have attacked the pastor repeatedly and he has received death
threats.

PAKISTAN: CHRISTIAN AT CHURCH OF BELEAGUERED PASTOR ARRESTED
Compass Direct News | 17 October 2008
http://compassdirect.org/en/display.php?page=news&lang=en&length=short&idelement=5635&backpage=summaries

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RELIGIOUS FREEDOM FOR MINORITIES

Asia News reports that an appeal has been launched to Muslim and Catholic scholars meeting in the Vatican 'not to
forget Christian minorities and new Christian converts living in Islamic countries' particularly to agree 'that Islamic
law does not apply to non-Muslims', 'that dhimmi (or second class) status be abolished' and 'that the right to change
religion be recognised as a fundamental right'.

Muslim converts to Christianity ask religious experts at Vatican meeting for religious freedom
Asia News | 5 November 2008
http://www.asianews.it/index.php?l=en&art=13673&geo=7&size=A

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SOMALIA

A Somali Christian, Ahmadey Osman Nur, was shot and killed at a wedding by the armed guard of a Sheik after asking that
the Muslim ceremony be translated from Arabic into the local language so the guests could understand. The Sheik accused
Nur of apostasy having knowledge of Nur's conversion to Christianity.

Somali Christian shot at Muslim wedding
Mission Network News | 23 October 2008
http://www.mnnonline.org/article/11809

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VIETNAM

Prayer vigils across Hanoi have continued this year protesting government seizure of Church property. The Vietnamese
government is now 'calling for the removal of Archbishop Joseph Ngo Quang Kiet of Hanoi' for instigating unrest. The
Asia Sentinel muses that 'the unrest he must have been referring to is prayer'!

Vietnam Cracks Down on the Catholics
Asia Sentinel | 31 October 2008
http://asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1514&Itemid=188

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