Algeria government denies church closures are discrimination

By World Watch Monitor

The Algerian Minister of Religious Affairs has denied discriminating against the country’s Christian minority by ordering the closure of several churches in recent months.

The latest church closures took place last week, as two churches were sealed by police in the north-western city of Oran. A week beforehand, two more churches received a notification to close in the eastern city of Tizi Ouzou, while in November another church was closed down in Aïn Turk, 15km from Oran.

Mohamed Aissa told Ennahar TV that the churches “did not meet the standards required of a place of worship”.