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The Presidium of the Highest Economic Court of Belarus has cancelled all previous court decisions against the New Life Church in Minsk and will re-examine the case against the church within two weeks, according to a November 4 report from the New Life Church website (www.newlife.by). This is an unusual action by a court body which normally examines matters of state importance, according to the church's legal adviser. Pray for a positive decision by the court.

Diplomats' vehicles at New Life Church
Diplomats' vehicles at New Life Church
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New Life Church

International attention has been centered on the church because of pressure placed on foreign governments as well as a hunger strike by two hundred church members. On November 2, diplomats from nine European countries and the USA visited the church to better understand the situation. Stephan Eriksson from the Swedish Embassy told them, "During the last weeks we have been observing the things going on in this church. That's why we decided to come here and express our solidarity with the believers' legal demands. Everyone has the right to assemble in the church freely."

To learn more about the persecution of Christians in Belarus, go to the Belarus Country Report.

Country Information

Designation
Persecuted

Population
9,477,918 (July 2020 est.)

Religion (%)
Orthodox (48.3), Catholic (7.1), Other (3.5), None (41.1)

Ethnicity (%)
Belarusian (83.7), Russian (8.3), Polish (3.1), Ukrainian (1.7), other (2.4), unspecified (0.9)

Leader
President Aleksandr Lukashenko (1994)

Government type
Presidential republic in name, although in fact a dictatorship

Legal system
Civil law system.

Source: CIA World Factbook

Pray for Belarus

Pray for increased freedom of religion – not only indicated as mere written words in the country’s constitution but also demonstrated as a living reality in the lives of the oppressed believers. May there be a lifting of restraints on evangelical groups in their efforts to spread the Gospel and plant new churches.

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