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Religious freedom survey, February 2009

Thursday, March 5th, 2009

Overview of the religious freedom situation in Serbia reveals some improvements but continuing obstacles.

Confusing Legal Situation Could Lead to Religious Freedom Violations

Saturday, February 21st, 2009

Unregistered religious groups are not being harassed at the moment, but have not yet been able to gain legal status to operate, thus running the risk that they could be shut down.

Violent attacks continuing, but mainly declining

Thursday, December 4th, 2008

"We will need years to get it down to an acceptable level, but we are determined to do it."

Kosovo’s Serb Christians Anxious Await Independence Under NATO’s Eyes

Monday, December 10th, 2007

Deadlock over the fate of Kosovo has caused tension among Serbian orthodox Christians.

Violence Continues Against Religious Communities

Tuesday, October 9th, 2007

Few violent attacks against religious communities in Serbia ever result in any punishment - the latest survey of such attacks – covering September 2006 to September 2007 – seems to indicate that although fewer attacks are now taking place, the attacks themselves are becoming more violent.

Arbitrary legal status denials continue

Tuesday, August 14th, 2007

New official doesn't solve problem of small church groups gaining legal recognition to operate in Serbia.

Government Still Arbitrarily Denying Communities Legal Status

Saturday, April 28th, 2007

New religion law in Serbia has led to more difficulty for small churches to gain legal status.

Stalling tactics used to delay granting legal status?

Thursday, March 1st, 2007

The Serbian government is making it difficult for small churches and other religious groups to gain legal recognition.

Serbian evangelical church fire-bombed

Tuesday, December 19th, 2006

Evangelical church in Kraljevo is renting its facilities and is afraid that their landlady will ask them to leave because of this fire-bombing.

Serbia: Legal Status To Be Denied to Religious Orgs?

Friday, December 1st, 2006

Christian religious leaders are increasingly fearful that Govt. officals are trying to strip them of their legal identities to shut them down.

Attacks Continue On Religious Minorities

Monday, September 25th, 2006

All kinds of churches have been targeted by vandalism and theft in Serbia in the last two years.

Serbian Minister of Religion Bans Building

Sunday, August 20th, 2006

Minister Radulovic's banning of the Montenegrin Orthodox Church directly contravenes the European Court on Human Rights

Religious Liberty in Europe (2 of 2)

Sunday, August 6th, 2006

This is the second in a Catholic series on religious freedom in Europe.

Restitution Law for Property Confiscated from Religious Communities Passed

Thursday, June 22nd, 2006

Many doubts remain about whether the law will be followed with equal legal treatment for all religious communities.

Serbia-Kosovo: Minimum standards of safety remain elusive

Wednesday, May 31st, 2006

The (anti Christian) pogrom that swept through Kosovo in March 2004 was a three day orgy of violence that pitted tens of thousands of (Muslim) rioters against minority (Chrisitan) communities, Serbian Orthodox churches and their United Nations and Nato protectors.

President Signs Controversial Religion Law

Sunday, April 30th, 2006

President signed bill into law despite his own admission that it violates the European Convention on Human Rights.

Religion Law Rushed Through Parliament

Friday, April 21st, 2006

Controversial new law on churches passed while majority of parliament was absent - minority Protestant and Evangelical Christians very concerned that the law will target them for discrimination.

Almost No One Satisfied As Religion Bill Reaches Parliament

Tuesday, April 18th, 2006

Draft bill on religion seeks to link church and state, causing minority religious communities to be marginalized and denied legitimacy.

Serb Orthodox Condemn Continuing Attacks on Ortho Churches

Tuesday, March 21st, 2006

"How it is possible to continue the process of restoring the destroyed Orthodox holy shrines in Kosovo and Metohija if the Kosovo authorities and members of KFOR are unable to provide adequate protection for the objects being restored?"

Priest in Serbia Forced to Pay for Church’s Destruction

Monday, September 19th, 2005

A priest in Serbia is being forced to pay for the destruction of his church.

Heavy Pressure Forces Postponement of Building Church

Wednesday, September 14th, 2005

Soon after news emerged that an ethnic Macedonian association had bought a plot of land in Novi Sad to build Serbia's first Macedonian Orthodox church, religion minister Milan Radulovic declared publicly that the state has a duty to prevent the building of the church.

Minister Bans “Non-Existent” Church From Building Church

Monday, September 12th, 2005

Serbian religion minister declares that the government has the responsibility to prohibit unauthorized churches from building in Serbia.

Stabbing, Beatings, Arson and Slander against Religious Minorities

Friday, September 9th, 2005

Christian groups not affiliated with the Serbian Orthodox Church are subject to persecution because they are "Serbian but not Orthodox."

Serbia Urges Macedonia To Release Jailed Bishop

Monday, August 1st, 2005

Serbia Urges Macedonia To Release Jailed Bishop

Police Ban Romanian Orthodox Commemoration

Tuesday, June 21st, 2005

Police Ban Romanian Orthodox Commemoration

Increased Attacks on Religous Minorities in Serbia

Saturday, June 11th, 2005

Increased Attacks on Religous Minorities in Serbia

Delays Continue with Religion Law in Serbia

Monday, May 16th, 2005

Delays Continue with Religion Law in Serbia

Romanian Orthodox Church Threatened with Demolition in Serbia

Tuesday, March 15th, 2005

Romanian Orthodox Church Threatened with Demolition in Serbia

Proposed Religious Law in Serbia Still Lacking in Full Protection for Minority Religions

Thursday, February 24th, 2005

Proposed Religious Law in Serbia Still Lacking in Full Protection for Minority Religions

Away with Legal Discrimination

Thursday, September 2nd, 2004

Away with Legal Discrimination

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