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Tuesday, January 14th, 2014
Three Baptist leaders are likely to face administrative punishments after a police raid on a Council of Churches meeting for worship in Gomel in south-eastern Belarus. Police interrupted the pre-Christmas service, took names of all those present, interrogated some and seized a Bible, Baptists complained. The KGB secret police refuse to explain why the raid was necessary.
Monday, December 9th, 2013
A Catholic priest in Belarus was suddenly released from prison to house arrest, though no one is certain why. Arrested under accusations of treason, which are denied by the priest and those who know him, he may face seven-fifteen years in prison if his case goes to trial.
Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013
Sunday, June 16th, 2013
It’s another eviction order for New Life Church. This is nothing new to them as they’ve been struggling since 2002 to keep their building. “Minsk officials – backed by the national government - have blocked New Life's every effort to use its building in line with Belarusian law, thereby stripping the church's rights to the property.” When will the government observe this group of believer’s right to religious freedom?
Saturday, June 15th, 2013
Well, the year of silence is over; raids and fines against Christians have once again started in Belarus. Recently two Baptist churches were raided for meeting without state approval and three local leaders have been fined. This leaves many wondering if this is a one-time thing, or if persecution of Christians is on the rise.
Wednesday, January 30th, 2013
People of faith in Belarus, especially Protestants, struggle for the right to exercise religious freedom. With so many regulations and rules for the government, it can become impossible to practice your faith. This is exemplified in the struggle of New Life church in Minsk and is a result, in part, of the oppressive Religion Law. One young Pentecostal said, "If we have to get permission to hold a service in our own church, this cannot be evidence of religious freedom."
Monday, December 10th, 2012
This article summarizes cases of both victory and worry for Christians in Belarus, Kazakhstan and Bangladesh. While some are celebrating success this week, such as pastor Makset Djabbarbergenov who was released from prison, others, such as a Christian family in Bangladesh “falsely” accused of human trafficking, are still concerned for their future.
Friday, December 7th, 2012
12/06/2012 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) - Protestant Christians in the former Soviet nation of Belarus have faced persecution in various forms since President Alexander Lukashenko heightened restrictions following a wave of revolutions that swept across Central Asia about a decade ago.
Thursday, December 6th, 2012
For the last ten years New Life church in Minsk, Belarus has been fighting with the government to keep control of their church property. The church bought and renovated a cow barn and the authorities have refused to rezone the property legally allowing it be a church. The most recent attempts by the government to shut down this church of 1,000 was an eviction notice that was withdrawn at the last moment.
Thursday, November 29th, 2012
In Belarus, “If a building is not a designated house of worship, advance state permission is needed for religious activity, and anti-Protestant officials refuse to grant it.” This means if you rent, or buy a building zoned as something else you will have a hard time getting the paperwork necessary to change the zoning and will find yourself evicted from your own property. Just ask New Life Church of Minsk. They bought a cowshed in 2002 and State authorities refuse to allow this 1,000 member church change the designation. Instead they have fined them repeatedly and have given them until December 5th to voluntarily vacate their property before being forcibly removed.
Monday, May 21st, 2012
While the Soviet Union is no more, Rakhuba says Belarus is not an easy place to be a Christian. He says this celebration was marred by interference. "When we finished our dedication service, police called the pastor and were asking all kinds of questions -- 'Who was there? Why did you do this? We did not [permit] you to do this' -- although we didn't do anything wrong."
Tuesday, May 15th, 2012
For more than two years, Svetlana Zhuk has been struggling to find out the burial place of her son Andrei Zhuk, who was executed in March 2010. She has appealed to international human rights organisations, complaining that she had been "denied the possibility to bury my son in accordance with the demands of Orthodox Christianity."
Sunday, March 25th, 2012
Born into an ethnic Polish family in a village in eastern Belarus in 1946, the archbishop (Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz) grew up in a war-torn country with a long history of religious persecution: Clergy were slaughtered, worshippers were forced to convert, and many churches were destroyed.
Thursday, October 20th, 2011
The government of Belarus fines pastor Aleksei Abramovich for conduction worship service at his home. The pastor said, "We don't interfere with state policy. Our worship meetings are purely religious. It's not a crime if believers worship in my house."
Thursday, June 23rd, 2011
"The number of Christians who are killed within 100 years, in the 20th century, [it] is more than the number of Christians who were killed in the centuries preceding the 20th century."
Saturday, May 28th, 2011
Pavel Sieviarynets and Vital Rymasheuski have been imprisoned in a Belarusian Prison for expressing their "views of Christianity". Rymasheuski was sentenced to two years in prison, Sieviarynets was issued three years of hard labor.
Tuesday, May 24th, 2011
Priests denied visit to inmates. Man sentenced two years for failing to register to worship God
Saturday, April 2nd, 2011
Authorities in Belarus raided Baptist congregations while members were holding worship services. A government official said that if worship services are held in unregistered churches, then "the authorities have the right to interrupt services."
Wednesday, February 16th, 2011
“Officials in the Belarusian capital have refused to allow a derelict historic Pomore Old Believer church to be transferred from a remote northern village where no local Old Believers remain to serve the community in Minsk,” Forum 18 News Service reports.
Thursday, November 11th, 2010
A pastor in Belarus has been fined for alleged unsanitary conditions for food served to children at a summer Bible school. The pastor denies the government allegation.
Friday, August 13th, 2010
"Appropriate permission is needed" cites government as reason
Friday, April 9th, 2010
"Despite the removal in February of punishments from the Administrative Violations Code for unregistered religious activity, Pastor Yuri Petrevich, who leads a Protestant church in Grodno [Hrodna] in western Belarus, was fined on 10 March for this abolished "offence", Forum 18 News Service has learnt."
Saturday, August 29th, 2009
The threat to close the Church is another clear indication of violation of freedom of religion by officials in Belarus.
Friday, July 17th, 2009
A registered Protestant congregation in western Belarus has been fined for activity which officials claim was "not according to its statute."
Thursday, July 16th, 2009
Belarus has warned a church in the capital Minsk that it could be closed after a foreign pastor preached at a worship service.
Friday, June 12th, 2009
Survey of Belarusian policies on religious freedom finds nothing has changed.
Thursday, June 11th, 2009
A court in the eastern town of Osipovichi fined local Baptist Nikolai Poleshchuk the equivalent of almost three months' average salary in the town and another Baptist received a warning for running a Christian street library.
Friday, May 29th, 2009
This church has been the object of continued harassment, please pray for their latest struggle.
Tuesday, March 31st, 2009
A Belarusian Christian rehabilitation programme for alcoholics and drug addicts run by a registered social organisation, Cliff House, has been targeted by an ideology official.
Thursday, March 26th, 2009
Belarus' Supreme Court has dismissed a challenge to the state's requirement that worship must be registered to be legal.