Jehovah’s Witnesses may be stripped of registration in Belarus, Leanid Hulyaka, the country’s commissioner for religious and ethnic affairs, said on Tuesday.
“I do not rule out that regional executive committees and us will take steps to de-register several Jehovah’s Witnesses communities. There will be fuss about it, but I’m ready for it,” state-run news agency BelTA quotes the official as saying.
According to Mr Hulyaka, in 2015, Jehovah’s Witnesses repeatedly violated the law by distributing religious literature without proper coordination with the local authorities.
Their ‘persistent and inappropriate actions’ cause certain discontent among the Belarusian citizens and representatives of other religious denominations in particular, Leanid Hulyaka believes.