News on the topic: freedom of conscience
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".
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.
16.07.2014 Pope Francis to receive founder of shelter Aliaksei Shchadrou
Aliaksei Shchadrou, founder of a homeless shelter in the village of Aliaksandrauka, Shchuchyn district, who was persecuted by the authorities, is expected to meet with Pope Francis.
16.04.2014 Two catholic priests expelled from Belarus
The Belarusian authorities didn't give permission for two foreign priests to serve in Belarusian Roman Catholic churches.
05.12.2013 Priest Lazar released from KGB jail
But the criminal case against him hasn't been dropped.
13.09.2013 Vital Rymasheuski: “By persecuting priest Lazar the authorities want to intimidate the church”
Priest Uladzislau Lazar has been arrested by the KGB and is in the KGB remand prison in Minsk. He is accused of complicity in the state treason by alleged passing money and valuables to a person, who is charged with espionage for a foreign country. What attitude should be paid to the criminal prosecution of priest Lazar in Belarus?
13.09.2013 Conference of Catholic bishops of Belarus discusses criminal prosecution of priest Lazar
As stated at the website catholic.by, on 12 September the Conference of Catholic Bishops of Belarus received information from the state organs about the detention of priest Uladzislau Lazar.
05.09.2013 Volunteers collect donations in support of the relatives of priest Lazar
According to the coordinator of the civil initiative “For Liberty” (“Za Voliu”) Hanna Shaputska, the fundraising is necessary first of all to pay for the lawyer and the parcels to the remand prison.
13.08.2013 Belarusian Christian Democracy applies to the prosecutor's office on priest Lazar's case
The co-chairman of the organizing committee of the party "Belarusian Christian Democracy" Vital Rymashevski and its executive secretary Dzianis Sadouski filed to the Office of the Prosecutor General a collective appeal in the case of the Catholic priest of the parish of the Holy Spirit in Barysau, Uladzislau Lazar.
22.05.2013 Belarusian laws, policies restrict religious freedom, US report says
The Belarusian constitution guarantees religious freedom, but other laws and policies restrict it, according to the International Religious Freedom Report for 2012 released by the US Department of State.
16.01.2013 Minsk authorities refuse to talk with representatives of "New Life"
The negotiations about a meeting at the Minsk City Executive Committee have lasted since the end of November when the church lawyer Siarhei Lukanin talked about it with the deputy head of the reception department.
28.11.2012 “New Life” church is being evicted
The court ruling of the Supreme Economical Court was received by the believers on 27 November. According to it they must vacate the building by 5 November.
09.02.2012 List of detainees of Litvins’ club
Late in the evening of 8 February 2012 all 32 people detained in the Protestant Church “Ian the Baptist” were released from the Maskouski District Police Department of Minsk. Among them there were three under-aged – Vitaut Siuchyk and his schoolmates Kasia and Maryna.
15.11.2011 Trial on Filip Kirdun’s case to continue at 9 a.m. on 16 November
The trial of Filip Kirdun, charged with the use of obscene language towards police officers, continued today at the Frunzenski District Court of Minsk. Judge Liudmila Lapo agreed to question policemen Aliaksandr Birchanka and Siarhei Dounar, who had taken fingerprints from the defendant. They stated that he had called them “Lukashenka’s lackeys”, and police officer Sviatlana Kunitskaya, who is in charge of the procedure of dactylography in the Frunzenski District Police Department of Minsk, stated that Filip’s parents had paid a visit to the police department on 14 November and threatened to her.
14.11.2011 Uladzimir Labkovich: “Bialiatski’s case started with a warning, issued to him by General Procuracy for activities on behalf of an unregistered organization”
On 15 October the European Commission for Democracy through Law (Venice Commission) produced a special report "On the conformity with the universal human rights standards of Article 193-1 of the Criminal Code on the rights of non-registered associations of the Republic of Belarus”. The uniqueness of this instrument lies in the fact that it was the first time when this authoritative legal commission considered only one article in a country’s law.