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 ICC Note: The government in Rwanda has closed down several churches for allegedly violations to safety and other laws. Many spiritual leaders are now trying to advocate for their religious freedom, so that their rights and those of their congregants can be respected.

8/18/2018 Rwanda (CRUX) – The Rwandan Catholic bishops’ conference urged the government of President Paul Kagame to preserve religious rights after government officials closed thousands of churches and mosques.

The buildings remained locked because of what the government said were health and safety issues, including lack of toilets, plastered walls and paved access roads.

“Most Catholics are shocked and disappointed; they don’t understand what’s happening and why there’s been no explanation,” said Father Martin Nizeyimana, the Kigali-based bishops’ conference secretary-general.

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