Parliament Considers Tightening Control Of Religious Cults

12.02.2002, 11:13
On 6 February 2002 the members of Ukraine’s Parliament discussed amendments to the law “On Freedom of Conscience and Religious Organizations” aimed at introducing tighter controls on the registration of new religious organizations.

The number of new religious movements has increased by 3.5 times since Ukraine gained its independence. Today more than 25,000 religious organizations, mostly of foreign origin, function in this country. Legislators are concerned about the reputations of some of them. The right to freedom of religion basically excludes the possibility of controlling the activities of any religious organization. Legal proceedings to ban dangerous organizations, as shown by the example of the White Brotherhood, can be a long and complicated process. Therefore, the primary task is to identify socially dangerous occurrences, such as human sacrifices, ritualistic suicides and preaching of terrorism, as promptly as possible. The proponents of amendments to religious legislation believe that checking registration documents proves to be the only effective precaution. Source: