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Baptist Christians in prison for having gathered to pray
The police raided a private home, a photographer present, cutting electricity and gas. 4 Baptists detained, taken to court and convicted the same night. In the country persecution of Baptists and Jehovah's Witnesses frequent, to combat "extremism."
Police use false evidence to arrest Baptist pastor
The claim is made by Pastor Shabanov's lawyer. There is no evidence in the case, but the pastor is in jail awaiting new investigations. Meanwhile, the local authorities refuse to register the local Baptist group.
In December, the Azerbaijani authorities banned Shiite faithful from celebrating Ashura
It is a festival for Shiite Muslims. The day of the festival in the region of Nakhichevan, the police invited everyone to go home. In a village they go ahead with celebrations: in the days after the police raided homes making dozens of arrests. Experts say it is an attempt to undermine the strong autonomy of the area.
On trial, a Baptist pastor in prison for over two months
The frail man, is accused of having assaulted 5 policemen and of having led illegal religious meetings. For over 13 years his group having being requesting official recognition. Experts: authorities use the refusal to grant authorization to discriminate against undesired religious groups.
Government Shuts down Djuma Mosque Now Slated to Be a Carpet Museum
Baku: "unregistered" Christians forbidden to pray together
The new religious freedom law prohibits any activity of unregistered religious groups. Many groups have sought registration, but is slow in coming. Meanwhile, the police arrest the "offenders". But President Ilham Aliev congratulates himself on his promotion of religious freedom.
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