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Law on Religions Adopted

2002 2002-10-07T10:00:00+0300 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

On October 2 the Chamber of Representatives of the National Assembly of the Republic of Bielarus adopted the law “About Religious Freedom” by overwhelming majority of votes. 46 deputies voted for the law, 2 – against it and 2 abstained from voting.

Here’s the commentary of the leader of Bielarusian People’s Front VInttsuk Vachorka:

“”Several days have passed since session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. There it was said that Belarusian authorities could expect changes in attitudes with European bodies if they make real steps to democratization of the country. The draft law about religious freedom and religious organizations was mentioned there as an eloquent example of violation of fundamental human rights, discrimination of the majority of new and traditional religions. Unprecentedly, there appeared a wide public coalition against it. This law has already been adopted and, according to Lukashenka’s constitution, it has the status of law. I state it again: during Lukashenka’s rule Bielarus won’t become European democratic country. Our old tradition of religious tolerance that has started in the Great Principality of Lithuania, now is consciously eradicated by the regime.

Press service of BPF party

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