Protestant churches in Algeria call on government to treat them fairly

By World Watch Monitor

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 that all the fundamental rights of the citizen are protected, regardless of their religious affiliation”, said EPA, in a statement on 18 May.

Since November, four churches have been closed down: three churches – all affiliated to EPA – in Oran and one in Akbou.