Posted by: becketfund | July 12, 2007

Kyrgyzstan: Government Plans for Tighter Control of Religious Groups

Radio Free Europe reports that Kyrgyzstan’s Agency for Religious Affairs plans to introduce five bills which would increase state control over religious activity. The head of the Agency, Toygonbek Kalmatov, said that the new controls would be aimed at repressing the activity of illegal religious groups in the country, of which there were at least five hundred, according to his estimate. He explained that authorities would also attempt to educate the public about such groups and “the dangers that they pose to society.”

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