Posted by: becketfund | September 27, 2007

Belarus: Announces No Change to Religion Law

Forum 18 reports that Belarus’ Vice-premier, Aleksandr Kosinets, has rejected the idea of any changes to the country’s Religion Law, despite the fact that petitioners have collected 30,000 signatures to change it. Kosinets maintained that activity by unregistered religious organizations was in violation of the law, thus justifying the raids and detentions which members of such communities face. Belarus sets specific restrictions for communities wishing to register, including setting a minimum membership and dictating where the community may engage in religious activity.

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