Posted by: becketfund | November 5, 2007

Uzbekistan: Changes Proposed for Current Religion Law

Forum 18 reports that discussion is under way in Uzbekistan’s Religious Affairs Committee to introduce changes to the country’s religion law, with rumors that a newer version of the law would contain even more restrictions. The current law, introduced in 1998, banned unregistered religious activity, private religious instruction, religious-based political or social movements, and the propagation of one’s faith. The law also severely restricted publication of religious literature and religious education, and imposed membership quotas for religious communities wishing to register with the state.

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