Posted by: becketfund | October 4, 2007

Uzbekistan: Protestants Detained, Threatened by Police

Forum 18 reports that a group of Protestants from the town of Jakurgan, southern Uzbekistan, were detained, questioned, and threatened by police, who allegedly forced one member of the congregation to sign a statement at knifepoint, and threatened other members with injury if they returned to the town. The group, all members of the Surkhandarya Protestant Church, were celebrating the birthday of one of their congregation when the party was raided by police. A local officer, asked by Forum 18 to explain the detentions, offered that the congregation “had a lot of religious books, which is illegal”.

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