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Two pastors imprisoned in Azerbaijan have now been released, but the array of problems in countries and regions where religious freedom is hampered by a majority religion or political structures continues.   That is why one-third of the receipts from this year’s Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Offering for Religious Freedom and Human Rights will again […] Read More

Washington, DC (BWA) –Three Baptist women were detained and fined for “illegally spreading Christianity and other faiths” in the South Caucasus country of Azerbaijan on March 25.   The three, who are from Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan, were charged after police raided a Baptist religious gathering in a private home in the central town […] Read More

Representatives from the European Baptist Federation (EBF) and the Baptist World Alliance (BWA) recently issued a report citing human rights and religious liberty shortcomings in Azerbaijan. The report, addressed to Azerbaijan President Ilham Aliyev on Jan. 15, came after members of the European Baptist Religious Freedom Monitoring Group spent several days in the nation. The […] Read More

A jailed Baptist pastor in Azerbaijan won a partial victory July 29 when a judge decided not to convict him of criminal charges and referred the case back to the prosecutor for further investigation. “We were partially successful,” the lawyer representing Pastor Hamid Shabanov against criminal charges told the Christian news service Forum 18. “We […] Read More

A Baptist pastor in the former Soviet republic of Azerbaijan was sentenced Wednesday to two years in prison for using violence against police breaking up a meeting of his house church and arresting him in May–allegations members of the church insist are false–according to a Norwegian-based news service that monitors abuses of religions freedom. Forum […] Read More

The leader of Baptists in the central Asian republic of Azerbaijan has requested international support for a pastor arrested during a worship service May 20. Zaur Balayev, 44, is being held on charges of “violent resistance” of arrest. Authorities say Balayev, described by acquaintances as a “thin” man, beat up five policemen and damaged a […] Read More