Thursday, September 22, 2005

Serbian churches facing violence

[The Church of England Newspaper] September 22, 2005--A Serbian government minister this week conceded that minority churches can face violence in his country, but he rejected accusations that the government has ignored the problem. Milan Radulovic, Serbia’s Religious Affairs minister, said the government kept detailed information about all incidents against religious freedom, especially religious minorities. “In the first six months of 2005, a total of 20 incidents were registered against objects of all religious subjects in Serbia, of which 11 represent damage and nine graffiti,” Radulovic noted. “A comparative review of 2004 shows a significant decrease of all kinds of incidents in which religious freedom has been harmed and attacks on religious sites or religious clerics carried out.”

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