NEWS WATCH: OSCE Blasts ‘Vote Buying’ During Kyrgyzstan Election

By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife ap_kyrgyzstan_osce_denino_k1BISHKEK/BUDAPEST-- The organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, or OSCE, said Friday, July 25, that Kyrgyzstan's presidential wass overshadowed by widespread irregularities to ensure victory of the incumbent leader Kurmanbek Bakiyev.

NEWS WATCH: Int. Journalists Federation Condemns Murder Russian Rights Activist

By BosNewsLife News Center rightsBRUSSELS/BUDAPEST (BosNewsLife)-- The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) on Thursday, July 16, "strongly condemned" the murder of Natalya Estemirova, a prominent journalist and human rights activist who was found dead in Ingushetia, following her kidnapping the previous day at her home in Grozny, the Chechen capital.

Belarus Threatens To Close Down Evangelical Church

By BosNewsLife News Center in Budapest lu1MINSK/BUDAPEST (BosNewsLife)-- An evangelical church in the Belarus' capital Minsk faced uncertainty Thursday, July 16, as authorities threatened to close it because a foreign pastor preached at a worship service.

NEWS ALERT: Belarus Evangelical Church Faces Imminent Eviction By Security Forces

By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife 2009_05_22cerkov1MINSK/BUDAPEST (BosNewsLife)-- There was uncertainty about the future of one of the largest evangelical churches in Belarus Tuesday, June 2, after authorities ordered it to abandon its building in the capital Minsk.

NEWS WATCH: European Union Budget Chief Wins in a Landslide in Lithuania

By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife grybBUDAPEST/VILNIUS (BosNewsLife)-- The European Union's budget commissioner Dalia Grybauskaite has won Lithuania's presidential election getting roughly 69 percent of the vote according to official results.

Christians In Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan Face New Restrictions

By BosNewsLife News Center in Budapest BUDAPEST/MOSCOW (BosNewsLife)-- Azerbaijan's president Ilham Aliev was to receive for signing the final version of controversial legislation "limiting freedom of religion" while Christians elsewhere in Central Asia faced similar restrictions Saturday, May 16, rights investigators and local believers said.

Mounting Concerns Over Detained Uzbekistan Pastor

By Eric Leijenaar, BosNewsLife Senior Special Correspondent reporting from the Netherlands and BosNewsLife's Stefan J. Bos at BosNewsLife News Center in Budapest 272TASHKENT/BUDAPEST/AMSTERDAM (BosNewsLife)-- An international protest was underway Tuesday, May 12, to obtain the release of a detained, frail, evangelical pastor in Uzbekistan, who came to symbolize what rights investigators described as widespread persecution of Christians and other minorities in Central Asia.

Azerbaijan Pastor Receives “Corrective Labor” Sentence

By BosNewsLife Correspondents Stefan J. Bos and David Haggith nevtelenBAKU/BUDAPEST (BosNewsLife) -- A well-known Baptist pastor in Azerbaijan was weighing his legal options Monday, February 23, after receiving a two-year "corrective labor" sentence for allegedly possessing an "illegal" weapon, trial observers said.

Belarus Deports Danish Christians

BosNewsLife News Center in Budapest belarus_map1BUDAPEST/MINSK (BosNewsLife)-- Two Danish men are being deported from Belarus on charges of expressing "ideas of a religious nature", after dozens of foreign Christians were already expelled from the former Soviet republic.

Kazakhstan Constitutional Council Objects “Restrictive” Religious Law

Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent, BosNewsLife reukazakhstanpresident_BUDAPEST/ASTANA (BosNewsLife)-- A global Christian rights group welcomed a "landmark decision" by Kazakhstan’s Constitutional Council to reject as “unconstitutional” a draft law which would “further restrict freedom of religion and belief in the country," BosNewsLife learned Saturday, February 14.

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