Posted by: becketfund | July 5, 2007

Belarus: Petitioners Hoping to Change Religion Law Detained

Forum 18 reports that police have detained nineteen people who took part in a petition to change Belarus’ 2002 Religion Law. Police also confiscated human rights literature, including a booklet entitled “Monitoring Violations of the Rights of Christians in Belarus in 2006” and detained participants as young as fourteen and sixteen years old who were found in possession of materials on freedom of thought, conscience and belief. The Constitutional Court of Belarus requires at least 50,000 signatures on a petition before it will consider changes to a law; so far, the petition to modify the Religion Law has garnered 25,000.

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