Posted by: becketfund | February 15, 2008

Kazakhstan: State Intensifies Checks on Religious Communities

ALMATY – Kazakhstan’s secret police have renewed their interest in the country’s religious communities, conducting fifteen intrusive searches of Protestant and Hare Krishna communities during the first two months of 2008, according to a Forum 18 report on February 15. Thus far, Kazakhstan’s Muslim and Russian Orthodox communities have not reported similar treatment. Such checks are only cause for concern as they have been used in the past to justify closing religious buildings, and sending religious leaders away from their communities.

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