Pastor Youssef Ourahmane was charged with holding an unauthorized religious assembly
Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune announced a decree to release 8000 prisoners, some of whom were Christians.
The current government refuses to acknowledge their existence.
The 11 Algerians, plus one French guest speaker, gathered in Tizi-Ouzou on December 4 for a worship event.
The persecution of Algeria’s Protestant Christian community has been on the rise for the last few years.
Algeria is on the US Special Watch List for countries that have engaged in or tolerated “severe violations of religious freedom"
In 1995 alone, terrorists form the Islamic Armed Forces operating in Algeria murdered nearly 20 priests and nuns.
Persecution goes from disriminatiion in the public sphere to physical violence.