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Algeria keeps on enforcing church closures

Over the past few years, Algeria has forced at least 16 separate churches to close. This is alleged because of their unregistered status, most of which are affiliated with the EPA (Evangelical Protestant Association).


The Algerian government has repeatedly refused to accept their application for registration, forcing Christians into a dangerous spot for practicing their faith.

In 2006 the EPA was legally registered, so many churches choose to affiliate themselves with this sect feeling it was the “safest” given its previous legal status. Churches closing in Algeria has been a trend for a few years, and ICC has covered this issue over the years.

“Algeria’s constitution technically protects freedom of conscience and worship, but the country is officially Islamic, and there are no realistic pathways for religious minorities to seize their rights. Since November 2017, church closures increased, and no churches have been considered for official approval.”


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