A prosecutor in Montenegro has released from detention nine Serbian Orthodox Church clergy whose arrest triggered a diplomatic row with Serbia and clashes between police and protesters.
Hundreds of ethnic Serbs have rallied in the outskirts of Kosovo’s capital Pristina to protest against the alleged suppression of religious and other rights of Serbian minorities in neighboring Montenegro.
Serbian Orthodox Church authorities are reacting angrily to the passage in the Montenegrin Parliament of a law nationalising religious buildings.
Montenegrin President Milo Djukanovic signed bitterly contentious legislation on religion and faith into law on December 28.
The Montenegro parliament adopted on Friday a controversial religious bill which sparked public outrage.
The head of the world’s Orthodox Christians, Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople, has written to the President of Montenegro, Milo Đukanović, to express his “consternation” for the premier’s support for the creation of a separate Orthodox Church in the Balkan state.
The Venice Commission in its opinion published today welcomes “genuine efforts” of the Montenegrin authorities to replace the 1977 Law on legal position of religious communities.