Authorities in Algeria Seal Shut Another Church Building

Sober reminder that harassment policy still in force.

TIZI-OUZOU, Algeria (Morning Star News) – Church leaders didn’t get an explanation for why the seventh worship building to be closed in Algeria since November was sealed last week, but they suspect lack of registration was the pretext. It is virtually impossible to register a church in Algeria under current restrictions. Although three of the six […]

Sudan Returns Church Building Closed Four Years Ago

A rare reversal amid demolitions and closures.

JUBA, South Sudan (Morning Star News) – Authorities in Khartoum, Sudan have handed back a church building that they had padlocked four years ago and threatened to seize, Christian leaders said. A Sudanese church leader involved in the return of the Khartoum Christian Center building, owned by the Sudan Pentecostal Church (SPC), told Morning Star News […]

Sentence Upheld for Pastor in Algeria Stopped for Carrying Christian Literature

Judge rebukes church leader.

TIZI-OUZOU, Algeria (Morning Star News) – A case that began with police in Algeria stopping a Christian suspected of carrying Bibles in his car ended yesterday with a large fine for the church leader. A judge in Tiaret, 600 kilometers (372 miles) southwest of Algiers, on Wednesday (May 16) denied pastor Nouredine Belabed’s appeal of a […]

Conviction, Sentencing of Christian in Algeria ‘Ridiculous,’ Attorney Says

Authorities interrogating convert pressured him to renounce Christ, he says.

TIZI-OUZOU, Algeria (Morning Star News) – A court in Algeria yesterday withdrew a six-month prison sentence but upheld a fine on a convert from Islam for carrying Christian literature and some crucifix-shaped keychains into the country, sources said. Idir Hamdad was fined 20,000 Algerian dinars (US$172) plus customs expenses after a judge at the court in […]

Security Agents in Morocco Reportedly Detain Christian for 24 Hours

Harassment comes amid calls for religious freedom.

CAIRO, Egypt (Morning Star News) – Security police in Morocco detained a Christian for 24 hours after finding Christian literature in his backpack, according to published reports. Spanish news agency EFE reported that authorities stopped the 35-year-old Moroccan, whose name was not disclosed, as he came out of his home in Rabat on Wednesday morning (April […]

Christians in Sudan Charged in Defense of Church Property Case

Court drops charges against five others.

JUBA, South Sudan (Morning Star News) – A court in Omdurman, Sudan on Wednesday (April 11) charged four Christians who defended church property from a takeover by a Muslim business interest, sources said. Azhari Tumbara, Muna Matta, George Adam and Kudi Abderhman last year tried to keep authorities from seizing Sudan Presbyterian Evangelical Church (SPEC) property […]

Sentencing of Pastor Adds to Uptick in Persecution in Algeria

Rights advocates fear coordinated campaign against Christianity.

(Morning Star News) – In the latest of a rash of persecution incidents in Algeria, a judge on Thursday (March 8) sentenced a pastor to a fine and a suspended prison sentence under a law that prohibits causing Muslims to doubt their religion, sources said. In Frenda, Tiaret Province, pastor Nordine B. was ordered to […]

Court in Sudan Fines Christian Leaders for Defending Church Property 

Government helping Muslim business interest take over school, sources say.

JUBA, South Sudan (Morning Star News) – A court in Sudan has fined seven church leaders fighting a takeover of their school in Omdurman for “objection to authorities,” a church leader said. The court yesterday (Feb. 5) found Sudan Presbyterian Evangelical Church (SPEC) elder Yohanna Tia guilty under articles 182/183 for objection to authorities and fined […]

Eviction of Pastors Upheld, Scores of Christians in Court as Sudan Takes Over Church Properties

Government ramps up campaign to rid country of Christianity.

JUBA, South Sudan (Morning Star News) – An Islamist judge in Sudan upheld the eviction of two pastors from their church-owned homes while 60 other Christians have been summoned to court over their refusal to relinquish property, sources said. Judge Adam Tahir Haj Adam on Dec. 3 rejected an appeal of the Aug. 15 eviction of […]

Accuser of Five Church Leaders in Sudan Fails to Appear for Court Hearing – Again

SCOC pastors arrested for refusing to stop worship service.

  JUBA, South Sudan (Morning Star News) – The police officer who accused five church leaders of refusing an order to stop worship services in Sudan again failed to show up at a hearing on Tuesday (Nov. 21), casting further doubt on the legitimacy of the charges, sources said. The officer who arrested the Sudanese Church […]