Ethiopian state considers restricting ‘Christian activity’ to church buildings

April 26, 2017

By World Watch Monitor

Ethiopia’s northern Tigray State is considering adopting a new law that would restrict Christian activities to within official church compounds, rendering illegal the activities of smaller churches that do not own their own buildings and gather in houses.

The law, if passed, would most affect Christians from outside the Ethiopian Orthodox Church because any church that wanted to have its own land would need to prove that it had at least 6,000 members – a greater number than the total population of non-Orthodox Christians in the state.

The law would also ban Christians from evangelising outside of church compounds.

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