Suspect Treatment of Christian Communities

Country: Belgium

Date of incident: February 1, 2002

Category: Government Restrictions

Attack against: Faith

Area of case: Governmental

Christian groups qualified as sects. Volunteers detained.

In Belgium, the government addressed possible abuse by neo-religious associations or un-recognised “irregular” groups, including some protestant Christian groups.
• February 2002 - 29 American volunteers of the Assemblies of God questioned by police for allegedly violating a work permit law. 4 detained and deported, despite years working in Belgium without any trouble. Compass Direct, 15/3/2002
• 1997 - A parliamentary report listed a number of the country’s free churches including Pentecostals as sects, who should be under surveillance, increasing their risk of persecution.