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Believers in Kosovo fear their freedom will be hindered by a new draft law.

By December 10, 2004

Kosovo (MNN)–There’s a growing disquiet over a new religious draft law in Kosovo.

Religious minorities, including evangelical Christians, have expressed concern over the restrictions of the law under discussion by Kosovo’s government. AMG International’s Paul Jenks says, “Apparently there is a movement there by some of the political figures there to severely restrict the use of evangelism and religious content in any of the work that is being done there for humanitarian purposes.”

Some of the proposed restrictions, such as an apparent ban on religious activities by communities not registered with a new religious affairs commission, the requirement for new religious communities to have 500 members to gain registration and the ban on foreign leaders, actually violate international human rights norms.

Any draft law, once approved by the Kosovo government, goes to the assembly, where it is discussed by committees before being presented for both preliminary and final approval by the full assembly.

Jenks says AMG teams have been ministering in Kosovo for more than three years. They’re very concerned about the potential impact of the law on ministry. “We’ve been ministering with an outreach to children, and doing a technical training center, and we have an agricultural school. We’re especially concerned about the ‘House of Laughter’ school there that, in fact, a law such as this might impact us to not be able to share the good news of Jesus Christ with the children that we serve.”

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