Posted by: becketfund | November 21, 2007

Turkmenistan: Unregistered Religious Communities Warned Not to Meet

Forum 18 reports that Vyacheslav Kalataevsky, the Baptist pastor of an independent congregation from Turkmenbashi, Turkmenistan, has been asked by local officials to put an end to the activity of his congregation, the latest in a series of efforts by the authorities to curtail the religious freedom of various religious communities in the country. Kalataevsky was told that his congregation lacked sufficient membership for registration, and that as any unregistered religious activity (including meeting to worship in private homes) is banned, he was asked to sign a statement promising to end meetings with fellow believers.

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