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Moldova: Update to Response to Information Request MDA29593.E of 19 June 1998 on whether legislation prohibits Baptists from proselytizing and, if so, whether there has been any prosecution of Moldovan citizens who are Baptists and who have publicly proselytized; the treatment by the state and by society of Moldovan citizens who are Baptists and who engage in evangelical activities, and whether the treatment would be different if they were ethnic Russians (as compared to ethnic Moldovans)

Publisher Canada: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada
Author Research Directorate, Immigration and Refugee Board, Canada
Publication Date 1 June 1998
Citation / Document Symbol MDA29683.E
Cite as Canada: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, Moldova: Update to Response to Information Request MDA29593.E of 19 June 1998 on whether legislation prohibits Baptists from proselytizing and, if so, whether there has been any prosecution of Moldovan citizens who are Baptists and who have publicly proselytized; the treatment by the state and by society of Moldovan citizens who are Baptists and who engage in evangelical activities, and whether the treatment would be different if they were ethnic Russians (as compared to ethnic Moldovans), 1 June 1998, MDA29683.E, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/3ae6abbc36.html [accessed 17 October 2017]
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A letter sent to the Research Directorate on 23 June 1998 by the Associate Strategy Leader for Eastern Europe of the Southern Baptist Convention in Erbenheim, Germany, states:

I have talked with some of our missionaries in Moldova and have talked with a recently elected parliament member who is also a Baptist. The information I have received is that there is presently a law against proselytizing in Moldova but it is being looked at for change. This law does not apply to Baptists only but is in effect for everyone. There is not any official or widespread prosecution or persecution of Baptists in Moldova. There are localized and arbitrary cases of discrimination, but not at all like the past. Baptist young people are now allowed to go to the universities and study whatever. If there is discrimination between ethnic Russian and ethnic Moldavians it is not based upon religion but rather on who is the majority populace of that specific locale. Any discrimination is localized and not widespread.

This Response was prepared after researching publicly accessible information currently available to the Research Directorate within time constraints. This Response is not, and does not purport to be, conclusive as to the merit of any particular claim to refugee status or asylum.

Reference

Southern Baptist Convention, Erbenheim, Germany. 23 June 1998. Letter sent to the Research Directorate by the Associate Strategy Leader for Eastern Europe.

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