Posted by: becketfund | March 4, 2008

Kyrgyzstan: Religious Communities Fear for Their Futures

BISHKEK – Although President Kurmanbek Bakiev recently rejected a decree that would have made many of the country’s religious communities illegal, churches in Kyrgyzstan still fear that their religious practice will be threatened by the state, Forum 18 reported on March 4.  The Deputy Head of the State Agency for Religious Affairs plans to finalize a new religion law by the end of March.  The Agency would only confirm that registration would still be compulsory, but more worrying for Kyrgyzstan’s smaller religious communities is a provision in the draft of the law which states that any community would have to have 200 adult citizen members in order to obtain legal status.


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