YEREVAN/BUDAPEST (Worthy News)– Rights activists and religious groups in Armenia say new legislation will increase intolerance towards the country’s evangelical Christians and other minorities, some of whom already face prosecution for their church activities.
In statements obtained by Worthy News Friday, July 15, they criticized a proposed new ‘Religion Law’ as well as changes to the ‘Law on Relations between the Republic of Armenia and the Armenian Apostolic Church’ and to the Criminal and Administrative Codes.
“In practice they would be used to repress religious organizations,” warned Stepan Danielyan,who represents the Yerevan-based Collaboration for Democracy Center.
“This is a kind of theatrical farce,” added Evangelical Pastor René Leonian in a statement distributed by rights group Forum 18.
He spoke as his colleague, Pentecostal Pastor Vladimir Bagdasaryan, was preparing to hear a possible quilty verdict in a controversial trial.