The family is the source of greatest pressure for Christians in Algeria, most of whom are converts from Muslim backgrounds. Pressure also comes from the law. A 2006 law, forbidding public assembly for purposes of practising a faith other than Islam, has created a more restrictive environment for Christians. This affects most Christian places of worship, except for Catholic churches and one Protestant church. In addition, Islamist movements such as Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb are increasingly making their presence felt.

 

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Algeria: Two Christian cemeteries vandalised

More than 30 graves were desecrated at the La Reunion War Cemetery near Bejaia last week. (Photo: Facebook Services Archaeology and Heritage Association)

Two Christian cemeteries have been vandalised in Algeria in recent weeks, reports national news site Algerie Monde Infos. More than 30 graves were desecrated at the La Reunion War Cemetery in Oued Ghir, a town near the northern city of Bejaia, on Thursday night last week (6 September) by a […]

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Algerian ‘happy to be free at last’ after jail sentence and fine for carrying Christian items

Algerian Christian Idir Hamdad (World Watch Monitor)

An Algerian Christian given a jail sentence and a fine for carrying a Bible and other Christian items has been acquitted. Idir Hamdad, 29, had been convicted in absentia on 28 September 2017 (though he only learned about this five months later) and given the maximum sentence of six months […]

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Protestant churches in Algeria call on government to treat them fairly

Protestant churches in Algeria call on government to treat them fairly

The organisation linking 45 Protestant churches in Algeria, l’Eglise Protestante d’Algérie (EPA), has called on the Algerian government to lift its measure for closing down churches, and to give equal treatment under the Maghreb country’s constitution. “As full citizens, we call on the highest authorities in the country to ensure […]

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