News in brief: 07 October 2013

October 11, 2013 by  
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KENYA: CHURCH SET ABLAZE BY RIOTERS PROTESTING KILLING OF ISLAMIC CLERIC

Kenya ChristiansRioters set fire to a church in protests over the killing of an Islamic cleric.

The Salvation Army church in Mombasa was torched on Friday (4 October) amid clashes between supporters of Sheikh Ibrahim Ismail, who had been assassinated by unknown gunmen the night before, and the police.

The slain cleric was viewed as the successor to extremist preacher Aboud Rogo Mohammed, who was suspected of having links with Islamist militant group al-Shabaab. Mohammed was shot dead last August, triggering violence in which five churches were attacked.

INDONESIA: MUSLIM TEACHER THREATENS CHRISTIAN SCHOOL BOY: CONVERT TO ISLAM OR GO TO HELL

Indonesia ChristiansA nine-year-old Christian boy was too afraid to return to his school after being pressured to learn the Quran and warned by his teacher that he would go to hell if he did not convert to Islam.

Afirdo Pakpahan was absent from his school in Cimahi, West Java, for four days after the incident on 4 September.

His father complained to the local education authorities, which said that the teacher had broken the rules. These state that Christian school pupils should be allowed to wait outside or go home when Islamic lessons are taking place, unless the school has a Christian teacher to take alternative lessons for them. They are however, expected to remain in classes on “morality”, and these are sometimes used to push Islam onto non-Muslim pupils.

VIETNAM: CHRISTIAN LAWYER WHO CAMPAIGNED FOR RELIGIOUS FREEDOM JAILED

vietnam christiansA Christian lawyer and blogger who campaigned for religious freedom, civil rights and political pluralism in the repressive Communist country has been jailed for two and a half years.

Le Quoc Quan (42) was convicted of tax evasion, a charge denounced by international human rights campaigners as politically motivated. He was also fined US$59,000.

It is estimated that hundreds of activists are locked up in Vietnam for speaking out against the authoritarian regime.

Hundreds of demonstrators, including Christians and Buddhists, blocked traffic in the capital, Hanoi, as they called for Le Quoc Quan’s release while his trial was underway last Wednesday (2 October). They also demanded respect for human rights and the end of religious persecution.

– barnabas team

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