News on the topic: freedom of conscience

Viasna condemns violations of Jehovah’s Witnesses' rights in Russia

25.01.2019 Viasna condemns violations of Jehovah’s Witnesses' rights in Russia

In a joint statement with 36 other human rights organizations, Viasna expresses concern for the deprivation of the right to freedom of religion or belief towards Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia and the persecution of the Community members.

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Hare Krishna preachers detained in Orša

02.09.2015 Hare Krishna preachers detained in Orša

This is not the first time Vaishnavs come to Orša. One can sometimes see them near the city market, where they sell their books under the guise of receiving donations from them.

Homieĺ court fines pastor for illegal service

21.08.2015 Homieĺ court fines pastor for illegal service

On August 20, Homieĺ’s Centraĺny District Court found Siarhei Nikalayenka, pastor of the Church “Transfiguration”, guilty of violating the rules of holding mass events (Part 2, Art. 23.34 of the Administrative Code). The priest was punished by a fine of 3.6 million for arranging a Sunday service on May 31, which was stopped by riot policemen.

Believers feel indignant at Belarus’ entry ban for BAOC head

10.08.2015 Believers feel indignant at Belarus’ entry ban for BAOC head

The parish council of Kiryl of Turaŭ of Turau protests against the ban on entering Belarus for the head of the Belarusian Autocephalous Orthodox Church.

Homieĺ Prosecutor’s Office warns Protestant pastor

30.07.2015 Homieĺ Prosecutor’s Office warns Protestant pastor

The Homieĺ City Prosecutor's Office has issued an official warning to Siarhei Nikalayenka, pastor of the Protestant community "Transfiguration".

Homieĺ priest appeals penalty for worship

06.07.2015 Homieĺ priest appeals penalty for worship

The pastor of the Church "Transfiguration" Siarhei Nikalayenka, who had been sentenced to a find of 20 basic units (3.6 mln rubles) by Judge of the Centraĺny District Court of Homieĺ Viktar Kazachok for holding a Sunday service, appealed the fine to the Homieĺ Regional Court.

Homieĺ priests threatened with criminal charges under Article 193.1

26.06.2015 Homieĺ priests threatened with criminal charges under Article 193.1

The house of Siarhei Nikalayenka, pastor of the Homieĺ-based religious community “Church of God Transfiguration”, as well as the apartment of his deputy Aliaksandr Chuyeu, has been searched by police officers. The raid reportedly dealt with the preliminary investigation of the criminal case under Article 193.1 of the Criminal Code (activities on behalf of unregistered organization).

Krishnaites detained in Viciebsk

19.06.2015 Krishnaites detained in Viciebsk

Several followers of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness ended up in the police department for spreading religious literature in Viciebsk. Siarhei Fadzeyenkau, chief specialist of the Department for Religious and Ethnic Affairs of the Viciebsk Regional Executive Committee, was directly involved in the detention of believers.

Pastor in Homieĺ fined 3.6 mln

19.06.2015 Pastor in Homieĺ fined 3.6 mln

The Court of Homieĺ’s Centralny district heard today the charges brought against Siarhei Nikalayenka, pastor of a local Protestant Church “Transfiguration”. As a result, he was fined 20 basic units for arranging a service of the registered religious organization beyond the place of its registration.

Homieĺ religious community to stand trial for “unauthorized mass event”

11.06.2015 Homieĺ religious community to stand trial for “unauthorized mass event”

The administrative case against Homieĺ religious community "Church of God "Praabražennie" has been sent to court. The police charge the community under Article 23.34 of the Code of Administrative Offenses, “violation of the order of holding mass events”. The pastor the parishioners can be fined up to 30 basic units or sentenced to arrest.

Riot policemen stop divine service in Homieĺ, believers are summoned to police station

10.06.2015 Riot policemen stop divine service in Homieĺ, believers are summoned to police station

Believers of the church "Praabražennie" (“Transfiguration”) in Homieĺ are summoned to the police department for questioning and getting official charges. Neither the believers nor the pastor of the church, Siarhei Mikalayenka, know about the reasons for such actions of the police.

17.02.2015 Founder of homeless shelter threatened with criminal case

Believer Aliaksei Shchadrou, the founder of shelter for homeless, is threatened with criminal case. The press service of the BCD told charter97.org about it.

Members of Hare Krishna community are charged with use of obscene language

15.01.2015 Members of Hare Krishna community are charged with use of obscene language

Several days ago, Polatsk police detained two members of Hare Krishna community and charged them under Art. 17.1 of the Code of Administrative Offenses, “disorderly conduct".

Minsk believers not allowed to church for Orthodox Christmas mass

08.01.2015 Minsk believers not allowed to church for Orthodox Christmas mass

As reported by a coordinator of the organizing committee of the Belarusian Christian Democracy Valeryia Charamortsava, in the morning of January 7, the police refused to let Orthodox believers in the St. Spirit Cathedral.

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