The modern nation of Algeria is in an area that was once a renowned center of Orthodox Christianity. The holy martyr St. Cyprian of Carthage, Blessed Augustine of Hippo, and many other saints hailed from North Africa.
For previous ChristianPersecution.com coverage of the persecution of Christians in Algeria, see here.
“Algerian pastor sentenced to one year in prison,” Evangelical Focus, November 30, 2023:
Algerian pastor and vicepresident of the Algerian Protestant Church (EPA), Youssef Ourahmane, recently lost an appeal hearing and was sentenced to one year in prison and a fine of 100.000 DZD (around 665€).
Ourahmane was accused of holding an unauthorised religious worship last March, in a building not permitted for that, according to the Law 03/06, which regulates non-Muslim worship by preventing any public gathering in places that do not have a licence granted by the government.
The accusations are based on allegations that he supervised several Christian families staying in a church compound that includes a chapel sealed off by the authorities.
The pastor was not informed of the court hearing until mid September, and will now appeal to a higher provincial court, Middle East Concern reported.
Escalation of persecution
Ourahmane is not the only religious leader prosecuted by the government, there are currently at least ten on-going court cases against Christians on religion-related charges.
With the Law 03/06, the government has closed at least sixteen places of worship of churches linked to the EPA. “That is unacceptable. The Algerian government has not given any authorization for non-Muslim worship to date, despite requests from the EPA and from individual churches”, the WEA’s representative at the UN headquarters in Geneva, Wissam al-Saliby told Spanish news website Protestante Digital….