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Barnabas weekly newsletter 18 February 2011

Country/Region: Uzbekistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Egypt, Middle East and North Africa, Central Asia, South and East Asia, Indonesia

Analysis
Christian minorities vulnerable as revolution spreads

The overthrow of Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak has set pulses racing throughout the world with the revolutionary spirit spreading across Africa and the Middle East. But while the Western media is delighting in this "power to the people" movement, Barnabas Aid is concerned about what the future may hold for Christian minorities in this troubled region.

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Protests in Tahrir Square, Egypt
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Latest campaign
Have you signed our petition to save Afghan Christian from execution?

Over 5,600 people have so far backed our campaign to free Said Musa, who is facing the death penalty, and other converts to Christianity who are being held in prison in Afghanistan because of their faith.

If you have not yet done so, please sign our petition, forward it to others and write a letter to your political representative about this urgent matter.

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Shoaib Assadullah and Said Musa,
two Christians currently
incarcerated for apostasy

Latest news
Indonesian churches attacked in Islamist protest

Three churches were attacked in Indonesia by militant Islamists who went on the rampage after demanding the death penalty for a Christian convicted of blaspheming Islam.

Around 1,500 Muslim hard-liners protested in Central Java over what they considered too lenient a sentence for Antonius Richmond Bawengan, who was given the maximum five-year jail term.

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Pakistani Muslims accused of killing Christian employee

Hundreds of local Christians took to the streets in protest after police refused to register the suspected murder of a young Christian man.

The 24-year-old was allegedly killed by his Muslim employers in Gujranwala district, Punjab Province, Pakistan, on 6 February.

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Map showing the location of Pakistan
Released Christian prisoner "not free"

A Christian pastor who was released from prison in Uzbekistan last month is now being subjected to severe restrictions on his freedom.

David (Dmitri) Shestakov was jailed for four years because of his Christian activities in January 2007. Soon after his release on 21 January, David was placed under "administrative supervision", which includes a curfew and a ban on visiting certain public places.

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David (Dmitri) Shestakov
is under a curfew and banned from certain public places

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