On 7 May the Administrative Court of Rabat delivered a verbal ruling in favour of the Moroccan government, which had deported Village of Hope staff members and their birth children in March 2010 as part of a purge of Christians.
The Supreme Ulema Council in Morocco has published a controversial fatwa calling for the death penalty for Muslims who leave Islam. Christians are concerned that the edict, if approved, will be used to harass the church.
Moroccan authorities expelled eight more foreign Christians from the country in late June, bringing the total of deported Christians since March to 128.
Moroccan Christians claim that Muslim extremists are helping the government to pursue them by exposing them on Facebook.
Gardes Maroc Maroc has posted images of dozens of Christians, calling them “hyena evangelists” and “wolves in lambs’ skins”. He claims that they are trying to “shake the faith of Muslims”, terminology that echoes Morocco’s anti-proselytising law, which outlaws efforts to “shake the faith of Muslims.”
An orphanage called ‚ÄòVillage of Hope’ in the mid-Atlas region of Ain Leuh in Morocco has been ordered to close by government authorities.
The 20 expatriate workers were told that they must leave Morocco within three days.