New Burundi law would restrict small denominations
July 17, 2014
The lower house of Burundi’s parliament has unanimously passed a bill that would deny legal recognition to churches that have fewer than 500 members or do not worship in a building.
The measure is expected to become law.
Small denominations in Burundi, which is located in the Great Lakes region of Africa, have been linked to abuse and manipulation, according to a BBC report.
Nearly 70% of residents of Burundi are Christian, 10% are Muslim, and 23% retain indigenous beliefs. Almost all Christians are Catholic.