Posted by: becketfund | July 2, 2007

Tajikistan: Proposed Religious Law Creates Worry

Forum 18 reports that a draft law on religions will be reviewed by the parliament of Tajikistan when it returns from summer recess in August. Already, the draft has caused concern among Tajikistan’s religious minorities, as the law would limit the number of mosques in the country and render it nearly impossible for non-Muslim religious groups to register, due to the high number of members the law would mandate as a requirement for legal status. To complicate matters, officials say they will not consider new applications for registration of religious groups until the law is adopted, leaving new religious communities who wish to obtain legal status in limbo.

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