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Parliamentary questions
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3 May 2018
Question for written answer P-002467-18
to the Commission (Vice-President/High Representative)
Rule 130
Jonathan Arnott (EFDD)

 Subject:  VP/HR — Freedom of religion in Algeria
 Answer in writing 

While the Constitution of Algeria (Article 36) guarantees that ‘freedom of creed and opinion is inviolable’, Algeria also has one of the harshest blasphemy laws in the world.

In recent years there have been increasing practical constraints making it difficult for Christians (and people of other faiths) to worship freely, including regulation of places of worship (for example, no church of the Association of Protestant Churches of Algeria has been approved since 2006), bureaucracy interfering with freedom of religion, the criminalisation of proselytisation, and the effective banning of imports of Christian material through an import licensing system which rarely in practice grants such licences.

Can the VP/HR please confirm that she is aware of this situation, and provide an update on any action currently being taken to raise these issues through diplomatic channels?

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