Indonesia – Iraq – Myanmar – Turkey – United Kingdom – Venezuela

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Religious Liberty Alert | Week ending Friday 6 January 2009



Christians fear 'Islamic-based parties would push Indonesia toward a nationwide implementation of Islamic law if they win the April polls' in a country where 'Centre for Strategic and International Studies researcher J. Kristiadi said that to a certain extent, Christians already felt they were being treated as second-class citizens in the predominantly Muslim country'.

Christians fear of being marginalized ahead of polls The Jakarta Post | 2 February 2009 http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2009/02/02/christians-fear-being-marginalized-ahead-polls.html



'Iraqi Christians still reeling from a string of murders last fall find themselves caught in the middle of a power struggle between Kurds and Sunni Arabs that was fueled by this weekend's elections.'

Iraqi Christians caught in middle of Mosul vote Associated Press | 31 January 2009


IRAQ: CHRISTIANS MARGINALISED AND VULNERABLE Religious Liberty Prayer Bulletin | No. 515 | Wed 04 Feb 2009



Asia News reports that, having ceased granting permits for the construction of places of worship, the Burmese Junta are now prohibiting prayer meetings in private homes.

Yangon, dictatorship closes Christian and Muslim houses of prayer Asia News | 13 January 2009 http://www.asianews.it/index.php?l=en&art=14201&geo=5&theme=8&size=A


'Myanmar's military regime is committing widespread abuses against the mainly Christian Chin ethnic group, who face forced labour, torture and religiously-motivated persecution, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said . . .'

Chin Christian minority victim of persecution by Myanmar dictatorship Asia News | 28 January 2009 http://www.asianews.it/index.php?l=en&art=14331&geo=5&size=A



A new suspect has been charged with the torture and murder of three Christians, German missionary Tilmann Geske and Turkish converts Necati Aydin and Ugur Yuksel. 'The prosecutor has charged that the defendants set up an "armed terrorist organisation to forcefully impose their ideological convictions on others".'

A new suspect in the murder of 3 Christians in Malatya Asia News | 5 February 2009 http://www.asianews.it/index.php?l=en&art=14400&size=A



'A Christian nurse from Weston-super-Mare has been suspended for offering to pray for a patient's recovery. The patient, believed to be in her 70s, refused and Mrs Petrie insists that she left the matter alone. Mrs Petrie says that she has taken advice from the Christian Legal Centre, which aims to protect the religious freedom of people who follow the Christian faith.'

Nurse suspended for prayer offer
BBC News | 1 February 2009



A synagogue has been ransacked and scriptures desecrated by a gang in Venezuela. Anti-Semitic and anti-Israeli slogans were painted on the walls. 'Venezuela and Israel have had strained relations for some time, and Caracas has been fiercely critical of Israel's military operations in Gaza, which started in late December.'

Synagogue desecrated in Venezuela
BBC | 1 February 2009


Digest compiled by World Evangelical Alliance (WEA) Religious Liberty Commission (RLC). All URL links were active when the digest was issued. Whilst the RLC has taken every care in selecting the items included, their authenticity depends on the original source.

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