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 BELARUS: Authorities "have the right" to raid unregistered worship



Raided during worship on successive Sundays in February were two separate Council of Churches Baptist congregations in Belarus, as they told Forum 18 News Service. The pastor of one is awaiting administrative trial for "holding an unauthorised religious service" and religious literature confiscated from him has not been returned. Three members of the other congregation were officially warned that if they continue to worship without state registration they could face criminal prosecution and a possible two year prison term.

"Every registered organisation has a Charter and the authorities control how the community follows it. This is unacceptable for us," one of the three, Natalia Zavalei, told Forum 18. Ideology official Svetlana Starovoitova, who joined KGB officers in raiding Zavalei's congregation, insisted to Forum 18 that its worship was illegal. A religious affairs official in the capital Minsk, ...

read more: http://www.forum18.org/Archive.php?article_id=1556


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 2011/3/31 10:14Profile









 Re: BELARUS: Authorities "have the right" to raid unregistered worship

It seems like a repeat of USSR persecution. Must pray for this brothers and sisters.

 2011/4/4 21:03





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