|World Watch List Rank||24|
|World Watch List Score||70/100|
|Leader||President Abdelmadjid Tebboune|
|Population||43,333,000 | 129,000 Christians|
|WWL Rank in 2020||17|
|Persecution Level||Very High Persecution|
The majority of Christians in Algeria are converts from Islam. They are most at risk of persecution, not just from their family and extended family, but from the wider community which includes local ethnic leaders and elders. This can involve harassment, beatings, threats and imprisonment, as well as pressure to adhere to Islamic customs. Laws regulating non-Muslim worship prohibit anything that would “shake the faith of a Muslim” or be used as “a means of seduction intending to convert a Muslim to another religion.”
In the past three years, authorities in Algeria have engaged in a systematic campaign against EPA churches (Protestant Church of Algeria), which has seen 13 churches forcibly closed by the authorities.
Algeria has dropped seven places from last year’s World Watch List ranking. This is in large part due to a substantial reduction in incidents of violence against Christians. However, this does not mean past persecution is over—for instance, in 2019 there were multiple church closures in Algeria. There were not as many this year, but the churches that were shutdown remain closed. These closures are not included in this year’s report, but nonetheless continue to affect the Christian community in Algeria.
In cooperation with local partners and churches, Open Doors supports the church in North Africa through training, literature distribution, advocacy and raising prayer support.
26th Oct 2020
Found in Prayer News
This October, a coalition of Protestant churches in Algeria called for an International Day of Prayer for Christians in Algeria [MEC]. The chosen date –…Read More
11th Jun 2020
Found in Prayer News
Algeria is now on the US government's persecution radar When the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom released its 2020 annual report in April, India was the…Read More