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Taken from USCIRF Daily News Digest - January 16, 2014

Algerian church attacked again

Pastor tells of repeated attempts to attack his church

Algeria upholds conviction of Christian convert from Islam; prison sentence rescinded, fine increased

An Algerian judge under pressure from Islamists to uphold a Christian's conviction for alleged proselytizing rescinded his one-year prison term on Wednesday but doubled his fine, an attorney said.

One year in prison for "proselytism"

On 23 January, the Court of Cassation confirmed the sentence to one-year imprisonment and a 500 EUR fine of Ibouène Mohamed, a Christian of Muslim origin, for talking about his faith at his workplace.

Algerian faces 5 years in prison for sharing Christian faith

Lawyer says no proof, accusers produce no evidence at appeal hearing

Church ransacked in Eastern Algeria

Armed men raided a church in Ouargla, Algeria on Wednesday, tearing down the gate to the church's compound and damaging the iron crucifix on the church's roof.

Analysis: Spurt in Christian Persecution in Algeria Needs Attention

Three months after Algeria officially lifted its 19-year-old state of emergency following public protests inspired by uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt, President Abdelaziz Bouteflika has made it clear h...

Algeria: Christian charged with proselytism risks 5 years in prison

Krimo Siaghi, an Algerian Christian, who was arrested on 14 April by security services in Oran on the grounds of proselytism, west of Algiers was taken to court on 4 May. He risks 5 years in prison.

Algeria: Persecution Spurs Debate

The Algerian government has been appeasing Islamists since early 2008 by implementing its 2006 'Presidential Order Concerning Religion' and repressing Christian worship and practice. Habiba Kouider (3...