Religious Liberty Alert | Week ending Friday 21 November 2008

General fr 21/11/2008

BURMA - LAOS - INDONESIA - IRAQ - PAKISTAN

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BURMA

The Prague Post reports on the story of a Christian family fleeing Burma amidst strife and religious persecution.

Burmese woman shares escape story
The Prague Post | 19 November 2008
http://www.praguepost.com/articles/2008/11/19/burmese-woman-shares-escape-story.php

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LAOS

Compass Direct updates the situation in Laos. Three Christians, Pastor Sompong Supatto (32), Boot Chanthaleuxay (18), and Khamvan Chanthaleuxay (18) were released from jail on 16 October 2008. Restrictions on Christian worship in their village in Savannakhet province are still in place. 'Authorities initially arrested Supatto and four other believers on July 20, storming their house church and ordering the 63 Christians present to cease worshipping or face arrest and imprisonment for "believing and worshipping God."'

Laos: Officials Release Christians From Stocks
Compass Direct News | 17 November 2008
http://compassdirect.org/en/display.php?page=news&lang=en&length=long&idelement=5688

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INDONESIA

Asia news has previously reported religious minorities and ethnic groups in Indonesia, reports Asia News, are increasingly concerned about by the introduction of Islamic law. A new law, seeking to legislate dress and conduct codes, would enforce Islamic values on Hindu and Christian Indonesians throughout the country. This week Adnkronos reports Jimmy Demianus Ijie, '... who is a member of the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) ... said the West Papuans could not accept the bill because it "smelled of Sharia law" and it had no respect for the constitution, which, he said, embraces Indonesia's five major religions and its hundreds of cultures.'

Indonesia: W. Papua and Bali unite against porn bill
Adnkronos | 17 November 2008
http://www.adnkronos.com/AKI/English/Religion/?id=3.0.2716773237

BACKGROUND: Indonesia, sharia behind anti-pornography law
Asia News | 17 September 2008
http://www.asianews.it/index.php?l=en&art=13247&geo=5&size=A

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IRAQ

Christian families have been fleeing Mosul in Iraq to escape violence and persecution. Government assurances and financial support has meant that some families have begun to return. Christian News Wire describes how local Christians are in shock after a recent murder of two sisters in the community, and a car bomb that exploded as police arrived on the scene. This latest incidence raises concern that a new wave of violence has begun.

Murder in Mosul Sparks Fear and Panic
Christian News Wire | 14 November 2008
http://www.christiannewswire.com/news/59948679.html

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A Christian bishop in Iraq has received a letter threatening to slit the throats of Christians who remain in the country ordering believers to 'leave Iraq immediately and permanently'.

Al Qaeda-linked group orders Iraqi Christians to leave country or have throats slit
Catholic News Agency | 19 November 2008
http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/new.php?n=14374

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PAKISTAN

Police appear apparently unwilling to assist in the investigation of an alleged rape of a 12-year-old girl by her wealthy Muslim neighbour. Minority groups in Pakistan often fail to receive support from police and judicial systems.

Muslim man rapes 12-year-old Christian girl in Sargodha district of Punjab
Pakistan Christian Post | 16 November 2008
http://www.pakistanchristianpost.com/headlinenewsd.php?hnewsid=905

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Islamic militants threaten Peshawar, north-west Pakistan, again after previous attacks in July including but not confined to music stores being bombed and a group of Christians kidnapped. The militants have recommenced attacks on the city including targeting government personnel, an aid worker and a diplomat.

Taleban bring new fear to Peshawar
BBC News | 13 November 2008
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/7727560.stm

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