Posted by: becketfund | June 7, 2007

Kazakhstan: Government Fines Jehovah’s Witnesses for Religious Activities

Forum 18 reports that on June 4, six Jehovah’s Witnesses were fined heavily for attending an unregistered religious meeting. Local religious affairs officials maintained that the community has no right “to meet for worship without registration”, though they were unable to explain why after four applications for registration, the community is still legally not recognized. Kazakhstan punishes all unregistered religious activities, and each successive amendment of the country’s 1992 Religion Law has only served to create more problems for religious groups, especially minorities.

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