Religious Liberty Alert | Week ending Friday 17 October 2008

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The horrifying situation in India continues with systemic abuses being carried out against Christians where even prayer
meetings are being stopped. 'Hindu fanatics in Kandhamal district have prepared a reconvert-or-die list' of Christians
who are being threatened to convert to Hinduism. Christians who are 'reconverting' back to Hinduism are being forced to
burn Bibles. All this is against the backdrop of 'the destruction of 180 churches and 4,500 homes, burnt and razed to
the ground, and the 50,000 refugees this has generated'. Theses are but the first chapter in a program whose ultimate
goal is to do away with Christianity in this state from the roots up.

Sangh Parivar wants to remove every Christian trace in Orissa
Asia News | 16 October 2008



'A month ago, the Iranian parliament voted in favour of a draft bill, entitled "Islamic Penal Code", which would codify
the death penalty for any male Iranian who leaves his Islamic faith.' The Telegraph reports on one Christian family in
Iran where the father was executed for his faith and now his son faces the fate. 'Imposing the death penalty for
changing religion blatantly violates one of the most fundamental of all human rights.'

Hanged for being a Christian in Iran
Telegraph | 11 October 2008



Attacks on Christians continue in Mosul as 'a church in the northern city of Mosul was bombed Tuesday as Christians
continued to leave the city to escape recent violence that has been directed at them'.

Iraqi Christians Flee Mosul in the Wake of Attacks
New York Times | 14 October 2008



World Net Daily reports Fatah members have been arrested 'for allegedly leading a 2006 anti-Christian attack in which
gunmen set fire to the Young Men's Christian Association in the West Bank city of Qalqiliya' supposedly in response to
missionary activity conducted by the YMCA.

'Peace partner' accused in YMCA attack
World Net Daily | 15 October 2008


The Jerusalem Post reports, 'The International Christian Embassy in Jerusalem announced on Thursday that a growing list
of prominent Christian ministries has joined the effort to indict Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for incitement
to genocide against Israel.'

ICEJ unveils Christian-Jewish campaign to indict Ahmadinejad
Jerusalem Post | 16 October 2008



Asia News reports that a Christian father and daughter have been accused of blasphemy after allegedly ripping pages
from a Qur'an. 'Shahbaz Bhatti, a Christian lawmaker and chairman of the All Pakistan Minorities Alliance (APMA), told
AsiaNews that the charge is a total fabrication. Blasphemy charges are made against Christians just to strike at them.'

A Christian man and his daughter arrested, almost lynched for blasphemy
Asia News | 13 October 2008



A Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) between the MILF and the Government would have created a de-facto Muslim state in
Mindanao. In August, after a Supreme Court ruling forced the postponement of the signing the deal, hundreds of radical
MILF fighters launched civilian attacks in North Cotabato and Lanao province, killing dozens of people and displacing
thousands. On 14 October, the Supreme Court ruled that the MoA was unconstitutional. The Government will not appeal the
ruling. The Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) is threatening to raise the issue to an international level, by
bringing it before the UN and the OIC (Organisation of Islamic Conference) . Philippine troops are bracing themselves
for more conflict in the south.

MILF to appeal 'illegal' MOA-AD before ICJ, OIC
ABS - CBN News | 15 October 2008

Philippines high court rejects autonomy accord with Muslim rebel group
Jurist | 15 October 2008



Human Rights Watch calls on the Vietnamese government to 'release Roman Catholics arrested for holding peaceful prayer
vigils in Hanoi and hold accountable police and others responsible for attacking Catholic parishioners. The protesters
have been calling for the return of church properties confiscated by the government.'

Vietnam: End Crackdown on Catholics
Human Rights Watch | 6 October 2008


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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