North African Laws Leave Christians Vulnerable

Publication Date: 27/3/2021

Source: Persecution - International Christian Concern

Ten years after the Arab Spring, minorities in North African countries continue to experience religious persecution and oppression. According to independent research by an Egyptian, religious minorities Egypt, Algeria, Tunisia, and Morocco suffer from harsh and disproportionate laws.

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Iranian media hails Pope-Sistani meeting as chance for peace

Publication Date: 7/3/2021

Source: WIO News

The historic meeting of Pope Francis and Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani, one of Shiite Islam's top clerics, was well received across Iranian media.

The meeting became front-page news in Iran Sunday, with some media declaring it a chance for peace in the neighbouring country.

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Two Christians Sentenced to Prison and Heavy Fine in Algeria

Publication Date: 4/3/2021

Source: Morning Star News

A court in Algeria has convicted and sentenced in absentia a pastor and another Christian to two years in prison and a heavy fine, accusing them of “shaking the faith” of Muslims with Christian literature at their bookstore, sources said.

Pastor Rachid Seighir and Nouh Hamimi learned by a written notification slipped under the door of their church building in Oran, a coastal city 268 miles west of Algiers, that they had been sentenced to prison and fined 500,000 Algerian dinars (US$3,745).The pastor was the manager of the now-closed bookstore, where Hamimi worked as a salesman. The judgment reads that they are condemned for “distributing publications or any other propaganda undermining the faith of a Muslim.”

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Iran Dailies Show Mixed Reactions To Pope's Visit To Iraq, Meeting With Sistani

Publication Date: 6/3/2021

Source: Iran International

Many newspapers in Tehran on Saturday covered Pope Francis’ visit to Iraq and his meeting with Shiite cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani with a mixture of cautious factual reporting devoid of opinion and analysis, and a rare acknowledgement of Sistani’s superiority to the Islamic Republic of Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei.

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'Dragged in the street': Christian persecution in Tunisia still rampant decade after revolution

Author: Emily Wood

Publication Date: 4/3/2021

Source: The Christian Post

A decade after the Tunisian Revolution, a new human rights report details the siege on religious freedom for Christians and other faith minorities in the Muslim-majority country, sharing cases in which followers of Jesus were harassed, dragged into the street, threatened and arrested.

The Attalaki Association for Liberty and Equality Committee on Religious Freedom published the annual report on the freedom of religion and belief in Tunisia for 2020. The organization was founded in 2016 to call for dialogue between religions and make the voices of religious minorities heard.

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Syria war: Ten years on, Syrian Christians say Assad 'has taken us hostage'

Author: Sophian Aubin

Publication Date: 14/3/2021

Source: Middle East Eye

Members of Syria's Christian minority now in exile say president has manipulated the community while cracking down on dissent.

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Iran's oppression of its Christians tears daughter from convert parents

Author: Fred Petrossian

Publication Date: 4/3/2021

Source: Global Voices

Lydia was 3 months old in 2019 when she was adopted by Sam Khosravi and his wife, Maryam Falahi, in Iran. At almost two years of age, and with serious health conditions, she was torn from her parents by a court ruling in July 2020. The reason was that Khosravi and his wife had converted to Christianity from Islam, and could not, therefore, parent a child originally born into a Muslim family.

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Iran Christians Get Shelter in Hungary After International Outcry

Author: Stefan J Bos

Publication Date: 13/3/2021

Source: Pakistan Christian Post

An Iranian Christian father and his young son, who were detained on the Hungarian-Serbian border for 527 days, have been moved to a home in northwest Hungary following international pressure. A Baptist church helped Abouzar Soltani, a convert from Islam to Christianity, and his 12-year-old-son Armin to find an apartment in the Hungarian city of Győr, BosNewsLife learned.

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The Life of Christian Iranian Women

Author: Maryam Ishaya

Publication Date: 22/3/2021

Source: Persecution - International Christian Concern

The Islamic Republic of Iran imposes austere laws towards all women. For example, the enforcement of the hijab displeases many women in Iran, as it restricts their freedom to express themselves. One lady said, “I am a Muslim, but I don’t like the way that the government is forcing us to do it and that’s why when we travel, we get rid of it.” Time and time again, Iranian women revolt against the government by publicly stripping the garment off their heads, to the point where the government took extreme measures and implemented prison sentences, fines or flagellation. Women now wear the headscarf in a ‘Baddhi-jab’, a rising fashion trend sweeping through Iran, where a majority of their hair shows, but a headscarf is still worn in accordance with the law. For Christian woman, however, they face additional scrutiny.

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Christian church in Jerusalem attacked for 4th time in 1 month

Publication Date: 2/3/2021

Source: Daily Sabah

The Assembly of Catholic Ordinaries of the Holy Land (ACOHL) condemned on Monday, repeated attacks against the Romanian church monastery in Jerusalem close to the religious Jewish orthodox quarter, and accused extremist Jewish settlers of the crime.

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