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ALGERIA: Ahmadis forced to worship behind closed doors

The New Arab (26.08.2017) – http://bit.ly/2xpG2or – Accused of heresy by Islamist extremists and targeted by the authorities, members of Algeria’s tiny Ahmadi community say they have been forced to go underground to worship. Abderahmane, a 42-year-old trader from Kabylie in northern Algeria, joined the reformist Islamic movement after years as an ultra-conservative Salafist. People he once called friends […]

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Algeria’s Ahmadis forced to worship behind closed doors

Accused of heresy by Islamist extremists and targeted by the authorities, members of Algeria’s tiny Ahmadi community say they have been forced to go underground to worship. Abderahmane, a 42-year-old trader from Kabylie in northern Algeria, joined the reformist Islamic movement after years as an ultra-conservative Salafist. People he once called friends reported him to […]

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Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and other allies failed to uphold religious freedom – Rex Tillerson

US ALLIES including Saudi Arabia and Bahrain did not uphold principles of religious freedom in 2016, while Islamic State has carried out “genocide” against religious minorities, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has said. Secretary Tillerson made the comments at the State Department while introducing the agency’s annual report on religious freedom, required by a 1998 […]

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Algeria’s Ahmadis forced to worship behind closed doors

ALGIERS: Members of Algeria’s tiny Ahmadi community say they have been forced to go underground to worship. Abderahmane, a 42-year-old trader from Kabylie in northern Algeria, joined the reformist Islamic movement after years as an ultra-conservative Salafist. People he once called friends reported him to the local imam, who publicly denounced him as an unbeliever. The imam […]

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Britain Pressures Pakistan To Repeal Blasphemy Laws As Pakistan Celebrates Independence From Britain

Twenty-four British politicians pleaded with Pakistan’s leaders to repeal blasphemy laws on the 70th anniversary of the country’s independence from Britain. The British MPs sent a letter to Pakistan’s president and prime minister Monday urging Pakistan to repeal discriminatory laws first imposed by British rulers. The Pakistani government has used the laws to persecute non-Sunni […]

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Religious freedom under attack in Pakistan, says United States

“Religious freedom is under attack in Pakistan, where more than two dozen are on death row or serving a life imprisonment for blasphemy,” Rex Tillerson said in his speech as he released the 2016 International Religious Freedom report.  Religious freedom is under attack in Pakistan where minorities like Sikhs, Christians and Hindus remained concerned over […]

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Tillerson raps some U.S. allies for religious freedom violations, slams IS

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. allies including Saudi Arabia and Bahrain did not uphold principles of religious freedom in 2016, while Islamic State has carried out “genocide” against religious minorities, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Tuesday. Tillerson made the comments at the State Department while introducing the agency’s annual report on religious freedom, required […]

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Pakistan Independence Day: British MPs call for end to blasphemy laws on 70th anniversary

MPs are using the 70th anniversary of Pakistan’s independence to urge its rulers to repeal blasphemy laws and instil religious freedom. In a letter signed by 24 leading British politicians to the country’s President and Prime Minister, they say the current state of affairs in Pakistan is a ‘painful contrast’ to the vision of its founders. […]

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