Posted by: becketfund | November 2, 2006

Uzbekistan: Muslims Note Tighter Government Control of Their Religious Activities

Forum 18 reports that Muslims in Uzbekistan have noted an increase in state restrictions, especially state efforts to keep Muslim children from religious activity.  The government has issued instructions to imams stating that it is “undesirable” for children to attend mosques, and at times police have forcibly prevented children from attending Friday prayers.  Since June, new restrictions on the publication of religious literature have also been introduced, foreign charities have become more closely monitored, and no religious schools have been opened.  It is unclear how many Muslims will be given permission to go on the Hajj this December, as the government has restricted the number of pilgrims in the past years.

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