Recognition of religion or belief in Lithuania
According to the standards set out in the SRR, conditions for RoRB in the Republic of Lithuania are classified restrictive.
Nine traditional religious groups are given existential recognition in the country based on a longevity quota; a myriad of benefits exist for members and leaders of these recognised traditional groups; the vertical recognition system is oriented on the concept of traditional religions and untraditional ones; there are currently no outlined procedures for becoming a traditional religion except for passing the 300 year longevity quota.
Recognition and registration are differentiated however their powers abused; the former is only truly bestowed to the traditional religions while the former is offered to all non-traditional religions for them to gain some semblance of state recognition; registration is offered to organisations that are part of one of the traditional religions and discrimination exists within the system in favour of traditional groups.
Recognition is being abused to discriminate against NRMs.
Religious communities, religious associations, and religious centres form three legal levels for religious activity in Lithuania; groups that attain any of these recognition levels are still called non-traditional religions; the multi-step process of registration requires submitting documents to the MOJ as well as the State Enterprise Center of Registers.
Parliament’s involvement in an applicant’s recognition process highlights its politicisation.
Complete dismantlement of the present restrictive recognition system.
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