Posted by: becketfund | March 13, 2007

Kazakhstan: Unregistered Religious Activity “Alone or With Others” Suspended

Interfax reports that an Evangelic Baptist community in Semipalatinsk, eastern Kazakhstan, has had to suspend any religious activity following the order of the Semipalatinsk prosecutor’s office. The community, which was punished for a having a lack of proper registration, had apparently chosen not to register because Kazakhstan’s law on religion and religious organizations would have severely restricted their religious activity. New restrictions enacted in 2005 in the name of national security forbid religious practice “alone or with others” unless the organization is registered.

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