Religious Liberty Alert | Week ending Friday 14 November 2008

General November 15, 2008



Over 2000 Christian believers have been arrested in Eritrea, reports Mission Network News and Voice of the Martyrs. Persecution continues to be repeated despite government claims of support. 'On October 12, Eritrean officials arrested 20 members of the Faith Missions Church, a congregation forced to worship in secret since they do not belong to any of the three recognized churches in the country.'

Persecution in Eritrea rages on
Mission Network News | 11 November 2008


Christian Post reports that Christians fear reprisals for the murder of an activist of the Hindu extremist organisation Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) last week despite the suspected assailants being Maoists. 'The current Hindu-Christian violence, which began in Orissa and has since spread to other states in India, was also sparked by the murder of a Hindu nationalist leader by Maoist rebels.'

Orissa Braces for More Hindu-Christian Conflict
Christian Post | 10 November 2008


Despite continued unrest, Christians are returning to Mosul and receiving cash grants from the government.

Many Christians who fled Mosul have returned -- UNHCR
Reuters | 11 November 2008



BBC News reports, 'Suspected Somali gunmen have kidnapped two Italian nuns in Kenya and taken them over the border to Somalia, officials and witnesses have said. In Somalia, armed gangs have kidnapped and killed a number of aid workers, while there have also been repeated attacks on Catholic targets.'

Italian nuns kidnapped in Kenya
BBC News | 10 November 2008


The Internal Security Ministry (ISM) states that Christian literature containing the word 'Allah' cannot be distributed in Malaysia. The church is challenging the ISM's decision; however the current court case on the issue has been postponed and will continue in November.

Malaysian court postpones hearing on church's use of 'Allah' materials
Christian Today | 6 November 2008


International Christian Concern report that 48 Christian Families have been asked to vacate their houses to make way for road development without offering compensation to the families. The Christians are urging the government to provide reasonable time for the families to relocate and appropriate compensation for moving.

Government to Demolish the Houses of 48 Christian Families in Pakistan
International Christian Concern | 11 November 2008


'By the end of October 2008, more than 150 girls' schools and colleges have been attacked in the North West Frontier Province of Pakistan.'

Pakistani terrorists attack Christian schools
Spero News | 6 November 2008


The New York Post reflects, 'The Saudi king, who last November he held a historic meeting with Pope Benedict XVI, has become a leading proponent of interfaith dialogue. But he presides over a country where, according to the State Department's annual international assessment, religious freedom does not exist. Saudi Arabia is one of eight most egregious violators of religious freedom, designated as a "country of particular concern" under U.S. law.'

New York Post | 11 November 2008

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