Posted by: becketfund | October 24, 2007

Uzbekistan: Continues to Censor Religious Literature

Forum 18 reports that the Uzbek government, which is known to confiscate and destroy religious literature during police raids, continues to impede the delivery of religious literature shipped to the country from outside sources. Shipments are often never delivered or held for long periods of time; most recently, a shipment of literature for the Jehovah’s Witnesses community was stopped by Uzbek customs and has now been held for over a year. In addition to the Jehovah’s Witnesses, Muslims, Protestants, and Hare Krishna have all reported problems. Even when legally-imported literature is available, many people have cited concerns about having their religious affiliation identified based on the literature they receive.

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