Belarusian church given last minute eviction reprieve

December 8, 2012 by  
Filed under newsletter-asia, Persecution

Places of worship in Belarus require official approval

Places of worship in Belarus require official approval

Belarus, December 6, 2012: A church in Belarus that was given a week to vacate its premises or else be forcibly evictedhas been given a last-minute reprieve.

New Life Pentecostal Church, which meets in a renovated cowshed on the edge of Minsk, was due to be evicted yesterday morning (5 December). The court executor said that the action had been stopped after the plaintiff in the case, Moscow District housing authority, withdrew its eviction demand.

The church, which has been battling with the authorities for ten years to legalise the building’s status as a place of worship, celebrated the reprieve with a thanksgiving service last night.

But given the long campaign of harassment against it, New Life is expecting further difficulties. Church administrator Vitaly Antonchivok said:

This isn’t the end, of course – the eviction is cancelled, but legally our land and building still belong to the authorities.

– barnabas team

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