Posted by: becketfund | June 26, 2007

Uzbekistan: Religiously-Motivated Deportation

Forum 18 reports that Sayora (last name withheld at her request), a citizen of Tajikistan, was jailed and subsequently deported from Uzbekistan, where she had lived for the last ten years, allegedly on account of her involvement with a Pentecostal church there.  Sayora and other members of her church were arrested when Uzbekistan’s secret police, the National Security Service, raided the home of an elderly member of their congregation whom they were visiting. Sayora’s case is the latest of what are thought to be religiously-motivated deportations from Uzbekistan, with Jehovah’s Witnesses and Protestants generally encountering the most severe problems.

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