BELARUS: Europe's Most Repressive Religion Law Adopted.

by Felix Corley, Keston News Service, 2 October 2002

Keston News Service has learnt that the upper house of the Belarusian parliament has today (2 October) adopted the amendments to the country's religion law. According to sources in Minsk, the revised religion law was adopted in the Council of the Republic this morning with 46 votes in favour, 2 against and 4 abstentions. The bill now goes to President Aleksandr Lukashenko for signature into law.

If signed by the president, the new law would outlaw unregistered religious activity, require compulsory prior censorship for all religious literature; ban foreign citizens from leading religious organisations; publishing and education would be restricted to faiths that have ten registered communities, including at least one that had registration in 1982; and there would be a ban on all but occasional, small religious meetings in private homes. (END)