Persecution of Ex-Muslims (Yemen)
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At least nine ex-Muslims remain detained for converting to Christianity, amid international concerns they may be tortured or killed for abandoning Islam
Yemeni authorities have reportedly admitted they detained the former Muslims between May and August this year. US-based International Christian Concern (ICC), a major human rights group, said it received the names of several detainees, but added it could not publicly identify them due to safety concerns.
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BosNewsLife, August 25, 2008
Threatened with death, tortured and beaten for weeks in prison, Somali refugee receives the death sentence for converting from Islam to Christianity
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According to a handwritten letter from Haji drafted after his first arrest this year, five Yemen security police detained him at his home on January 16. After 23 days in the Tawahi police station, he was transferred to security police custody, and then imprisoned in the Mansoora Jail until his release March 13.Haji said police officials gave him no reason for his arrest except his Christian faith. They slapped and hit him, he said, declaring, "We arrested you because you are a Christian. You are George, the Christian Somali."An article in the Islam party's Al Sahwah newspaper during this first imprisonment reported that Haji had declared to Tawahi police that he and his wife had embraced Christianity, and that he had changed his name from Mohammed to George. The report said documents indicated both the husband and wife had been born of Muslim parents in Somalia.
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Barbara G. Baker, Christianity Today, July 7, 2000