Posted by: becketfund | June 20, 2007

Belarus: Religious Law in Violation of Constitution

Charter 97 reports that Antony Bokun, the Belarusian pastor who was heavily fined in May for an “unauthorized mass event” in his home, has had his appeal thrown out by a judge in the Minsk City Court. Mr. Bokun had argued that the country’s Law on Freedom of Conscience and Religious Organizations, which requires, among other things, state permission for religious services, is in fact in violation of the Belarusian constitution and international law.

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