Algerian government allows three churches to re-open in June, but now closes another

By World Watch Monitor

In Algeria, the relief of the Protestant minority at the recent re-opening of three churches a month ago has been cut short, after another church was closed last week.

On Wednesday (11 July), the building used by a Protestant church in the small town of Riki (8km from Akbou), in the north-east province of Bejaia was sealed off by police, on the grounds that it does not comply with the 2006 ordinance governing non-Muslim worship.

Churches and individual Christians in Algeria have faced increased harassment in recent months, raising concerns that these pressures signal a “coordinated campaign of intensified action against churches by the governing authorities”, according to Christian advocacy group Middle East Concern.

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