Posted by: becketfund | August 24, 2007

Uzbekistan: Raids on Unregistered Baptist Community

Forum 18 reports that on July 29 and again on August 5, police conducted a raid on a Baptist service being held at the home of Nikolai Zulfikarov. Though Zulfikarov was only present for the second raid, prosecutors have filed a criminal case against him for “illegally organizing a religious community”, an offense for which he could face up to five years in prison. The Khalkabad congregation, affiliated with the Council of Churches Baptists, has refused to register on the grounds that registration leads to unwanted state interference in their religious affairs.

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