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anonymous  April 23, 2008 8:05 AM


Christians Under Increased Pressure – VOM Sources/ Middle East Concern
Christian leaders in Algeria have asked for international support following recent incidents that threaten human rights, especially religious rights. According to a February 7 report from Middle East Concern, believers are under pressure because the local Algerian media has been running an intense campaign against the church. Seven Christian fellowships are known to have been closed by the authorities and several believers have been arrested and formally charged. Pray that the closed fellowships will be opened, those arrested will be acquitted and for God to turn the negative media reports and use them for good. Ask God to encourage believers in Algeria and for the officials persecuting them. Pray they will hear the message of Jesus Christ. Romans 15:3-5  [ send green star]  [report anonymous abuse]  [ accepted]
anonymous  April 25, 2008 5:56 AM

ALGERIA - RELIGIOUS RIGHTS ABUSES CRITICIZED AT UN: Following an increase in church closures and convictions of Christians in Algeria this year, a United Nations body this week questioned Algerian delegates on an “alarming deterioration” of religious freedom there. Read More>>  [report anonymous abuse]  [ accepted]
anonymous  May 14, 2008 4:29 PM

ALGERIA | (Compass) Authorities have only recently begun enforcing a restrictive religion law that was introduced in 2006 to govern non-Muslim worship. Nineteen churches have been forced to close since November.

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anonymous OPEN DOORS -A REQUEST FOR PRAYER! May 21, 2008 7:56 AM

Algeria Detains Christians Leaving Prayer Meeting*

According to Compass Direct News, Algerian authorities have charged six Christians with distributing illegal religious material after detaining them as they left a prayer meeting. They were charged with “distributing documents to shake the faith of Muslims,” according to a written court summons issued on May 10. Their first hearing is scheduled for May 27. One of the Christians arrested said that during their overnight stay at a local police station, officers repeatedly threatened them for converting from Islam to Christianity. Read More…

Please Pray:

  • That the “Lord [will] work righteousness and justice” for the Algerian Christians who have been accused by the Algerian authorities.  (Psalm 103:6)
  • That the officers and other government officials will acknowledge Jesus Christ, and turn their hearts to Him. (Acts 11:21)
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anonymous  May 21, 2008 9:51 AM

Christian Sentenced for Carrying a Bible - Compass Direct News

On April 29, a court in Djilfa, south of Algiers, charged a 33-year-old Muslim convert to Christianity with "printing, storing and distributing" illegal religious material. According to Compass Direct News, "An Algerian Christian detained five days for carrying a Bible and personal Bible study books was handed a 300-Euro (US $460) fine and a one-year suspended prison sentence." Compass reported this conviction was the latest in numerous detentions and court cases against Algerian Christians. "Since January, police and provincial officials have ordered the closure of up to half of the country's estimated 50 Protestant congregations," Compass Direct said. The 33-year-old Algerian Christian converted from Islam to Christianity eight years ago. On April 25, he was stopped at a police road block while riding in a shared taxi. Compass Direct added, "Officials took the convert into custody upon finding a Bible and several religious study books in his luggage. Police appear to have previous knowledge of the Christian's connections. Officers refused to let the convert call friends to let them know of his detention, naming a church member in Tiaret whom they claimed he would contact." Pray believers in Algeria will remain faithful despite persecution. Ask God to protect and give courage to this Algerian Christian who is standing for Christ. Psalm 37:28  [report anonymous abuse]  [ accepted]
anonymous  May 27, 2008 4:09 AM

Dear Donna,

The church in Algeria is under attack and needs our support!
In March 2006, a new law governing non-Muslim places of worship was enacted and is threatening the very existence of Algerian churches.  Since November 2007, 26 of the 52 known churches and Christian meeting groups have been ordered to close. 

Please send an email to Algerian Ambassador Kherbi, on their behalf.


Algeria’s official state religion is Islam, and religious minorities like Christianity are seen as a threat to the government’s internal affairs. Anyone found trying to convert a Muslim to Christianity can receive a sentence of  two to five years imprisonment and given a fine up to $15,800. Christianity has been compared to terrorism, and Muslim schools and mosques have been encouraged to continue the attack that threatens to drive the Christian community in Algeria underground.

Please email Ambassador Kherbi today, asking him to stop the closure of churches and to reopen those that have already been closed. We need to tell the Algerian government that these church closures must stop, and that freedom for all religions must be respected.

Learn more about the situation in Algeria>>

Thank you for your prayers and support for the Algerian Church!

Advocating with you,


Lindsay Vessey
Advocacy Program Manager

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anonymous  May 29, 2008 9:42 PM

NEW ADVOCACY CAMPAIGN - ALGERIAN CHURCH CLOSURES:  In March 2006, the Algerian government introduced new legislation that redefined the conditions for participating in religious activities outside of Islam. Since November 2007, the Algerian government has ordered 26 of the 52 known churches in their country to be closed. Many churches that attempt to register in accordance with this new legislation are often denied applications by the government with little to no explanation. Send an email to the Algerian Ambassador today, asking the Algerian government to stop the church closures!  [report anonymous abuse]  [ accepted]
anonymous  June 05, 2008 4:12 PM

Christian churches in Algeria are under massive attack. Within the last six months, Algerian authorities have closed half of the Protestant churches in the country. You can help stop these church closures by sending a letter to the Algerian Ambassador. Take Action Today!  [report anonymous abuse]  [ accepted]
anonymous  June 25, 2008 12:31 PM

Rachid Muhammad Essaghir was convicted of blasphemy and evangelism in two separate cases this year. According to Compass Direct News, Essaghir went on trial for the third time last Wednesday, June 18, for "distributing documents to shake the faith of Muslims." Algerians can be fined up to 1 million dinars (US$16,405) and sentenced for as much as five years in prison for printing, storing or distributing materials intended to convert Muslims away from Islam. Read More… 

Prayer Points:

  • Pray that all charges will be dropped against Rachid Muhammad Essaghir. (Genesis 18:3)
  • Pray for the Christians who have been charged by the government for distributing Christian materials for purposes of spreading the good news to Muslims in Algeria.
    (Isaiah 52:7)
  • Pray that the Algerian authorities will stop shutting down Christian churches and that church leaders will be able to register their churches despite persecution from the government. (Psalm 40:10) 

Send an email to the Algerian Ambassador today, asking the Algerian government to stop church closures!

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anonymous  June 26, 2008 12:31 PM

ALGERIA ADVOCACY CAMPAIGN TAKE ACTION TODAY!  In March 2006,the Algerian government introduced new legislation that redefined the conditions for exercising religious activities outside of Islam. Since November 2007, 26 of the 52 known Algerian churches have been ordered to close. Many churches that attempt to register in accordance with this new legislation are often denied applications by the government with little or no explanation. Send an email to the Algerian Ambassador today, asking the Algerian government to stop the church closures!  [report anonymous abuse]  [ accepted]
anonymous  September 25, 2008 6:39 AM

UPDATE ON ALGERIA CHURCH CLOSURE CAMPAIGN:  Since the launch of Open Doors' advocacy campaign in June, there have been thousands of letters sent to the Algerian ambassador, resulting in a decline of church closures in Algeria. Many Algerian Christians still have cases going through the courts and have to live under the limitations of suspended prison sentences. Please continue to pray for Christians in Algeria and for the government to repeal Ordinance 06-03 so that all Algerians are able to enjoy freedom of religion [report anonymous abuse]  [ accepted]
 September 30, 2011 4:41 AM

Algerian Christians are requesting our prayers on behalf of Siagh Krimo, an Algerian Christian who is scheduled to appear in court today to see if his five year prison sentence for blasphemy will be upheld. 


Krimo was arrested on April 14, 2011 and held for three days for giving a CD about Christianity to his neighbor. He was later summoned to the Criminal Court in the Djamel district of Oran on May 4 and charged with blasphemy. The court tried Krimo based solely on the neighbor's accusation that Krimo attempted to convert him to Christianity even though the neighbor himself failed to appear at the hearing. The prosecutor, losing his lone witness and the bulk of his evidence, reportedly asked the judge to have Krimo's sentence reduced to two years imprisonment. However, to the surprise of many, the judge sentenced Krimo beyond the prosecutor's recommendation, giving him a five year prison sentence, the maximum punishment one can receive for blasphemy.


Krimo's conviction was in accordance with Article 144 bis 2 of Algeria's Penal Code which criminalizes acts that "insult the prophet and any of the messengers of God, or denigrate the creed and precepts of Islam, whether by writing, drawing, declaration, or any other means."


"Brother Krimo is in stress and anxiety over his wife and their beautiful baby girl," an Algerian church leader and a friend of Krimo's told ICC. "Their whole life was turned upside down overnight just for preaching the gospel to a Muslim. But in all this, we are more than conquerors in Christ who is our hope and our strength. Psalms 135:6 says, 'All that the Lord wants, he does, in heaven and on earth, the seas and in the abyss.' They need prayer and support so they don't feel alone and abandoned."


Please pray:


  • For the judge to overturn the verdict of five years imprisonment previously given to brother Siagh Krimo.
  • For brother Siagh Krimo to trust and find courage in the Lord. Pray also that he will exemplify Christ and give God glory during the court hearing and after, despite the final verdict that is applied.
  • For brother Siagh Krimo's wife and child to trust that God will sustain them during this period of great trial.
  • For Algerian Christians not be intimidated or grow weary, but to continue to share the Gospel with courage and seek the Lord's guidance and grace daily. 


Sincerely in Christ,


Jeff King
President, ICC

International Christian Concern
2020 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington, District of Columbia 20006
Phone: 1-800-422-5441
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 January 25, 2012 5:06 AM

Algeria Stalls Appeal of Convicted Christian: A judge’s decision in December, to  postpone the appeal of a Christian sentenced under Algeria’s defamation and anti-proselytizing laws, shows how the judicial system keeps Christians in limbo.  Experts believe that Algerian courts customarily prefer to defer deciding in favor of Christians so as not to aggravate local Muslim sentiments. In May of this year, Abdelkrim Siaghi was imprisoned for five years on charges of insulting Muhammad and “proselytism” for giving a Muslim a CD about Christianity. Last year Open Doors' supporters contacted Algerian authorities on behalf of Siaghi and we continue to closely moniter his case. Read more>>

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