Algeria denies US allegations of persecuting Christians
El Khabar, 22 september 2008
Algeria has responded to accusations of a US Secretary of State’s report which ranked Algeria among Islamic and Arab countries which violate religious freedom, regarding complaints raised by some Christians in Algeria on the law organizing non-Muslim worships in Algeria.
In this context, the Head of the Islamic High Council, Cheikh Bouamrane said: “It would have been better for the US to pay attention to her internal issues, rather than poking her nose in the affairs of Islamic countries.”
He further added: “the antecedent of the US in terms of the abuse of Human Rights and religious minorities pleases no one in the world…it is prior for her to put an end to oppressions against Muslims living there.”
Moreover, Ministry of Religious Affairs has categorically rejected the content of the US report. The General Director of the Religious Orientation at the Ministry, Mohamed Aissa said: “there are some illegal religious groups, activating secretly in some regions…they are supported by foreign organizations to create a religious minority in Algeria as to be used for serving foreign interests.”
To recall, the US report has come in response to the determination of Ministry of Religious Affairs to the full implementation of the law on the non-Muslim worships, which entered into force in 2006, in terms of imprisoning and extraditing evangelists in case practicing their worships in non-authorized places.
By M.C/ Translation A.A