ARMENIA TO BAN FOREIGN FUNDING OF RELIGIOUS ORGANIZATIONS

NEWS.AM
July 31, 2012 | 17:03

YEREVAN.- Armenia plans to ban foreign funding of the religious
organizations.

Such a requirement is included in the new law "On freedom of conscience
and religion" which is scheduled to be submitted to the government
on August 2, representative of Justice Ministry Edward Astsatryan
told reporters.

In addition, religious organizations will be prohibited from conducting
mass propaganda, coming up to the same person more than once. Religious
organizations also have to publish annual financial reports on their
websites or submit them to the government.

Unless they obey the rules, religious organizations will have to pay
a fine of nearly $1,000 (AMD 400 thousand).

However, the law contains a number of more liberal provisions,
including reduction in registration membership fee. The ideology of
the organization will not undergo an examination as well.

The latter caused disapproval of Vardan Markaryan, the head of the
religion department at the Armenian government.

"Even if Satanists appeal, we are forced to register them," he
emphasized.