December 1st, 2021 | USCIRF
In recent years, Algerian authorities have shown more hostility towards religious minorities, forcibly closing dozens of Protestant churches and prosecuting Ahmadiyya Muslims for gathering without authorization for the purposes of worship. Algerian courts are also increasingly enforcing Algeria’s blasphemy and anti-proselytization laws, targeting Christians, Muslims, and free thinkers.
USCIRF recommends that the U.S. Department of State include Algeria on its Special Watch List for engaging in or tolerating severe violations of religious freedom. The State Department is scheduled to release its list of designations in November.
Miles Windsor, who covers North Africa and the Middle East for the Religious Freedom Institute, joins us today to expand upon the religious freedom situation in Algeria.