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(Forum 18) – Most religious communities denied state re-registration are Protestant, Forum 18 News Service has found. But before the deadline (Tuesday 16 November) for obligatory state re-registration under Belarus ‘ restrictive 2002 religion law, most religious confessions – such as the Catholic, Old Believer, Lutheran, Pentecostal, Adventist, Islamic, Jewish, and Jehovah’s Witness communities – told Forum 18 that most of their applications were largely successful. Registration by most non-Moscow Patriarchate Orthodox churches was effectively barred, and some other religious communities are still re-registering. Stressing that registration does not guarantee freedom of worship, one Protestant source in 2003 suggested to Forum 18 that this would happen: “They can reassure the West by saying, ‘Just look how many organisations we have re-registered’.” Aleksandr Kalinov of the State Committee for Religious and Ethnic Affairs told Forum 18 that “96.2 per cent” had successfully re-registered, but that religious organisations which failed to re-register would be liquidated following the deadline.