Posted by: becketfund | March 28, 2008

Kazakhstan: Baptists, Hare Krishna Persecuted

KARASAI – Religious persecution continues for Baptists and Hare Krishna in Kazakhstan, with one Hare Krishna temple threatened with demolition and several Baptists fined for peaceful religious activity and threatened with jail time Forum 18 reported on March 28. The Hare Krishna community near Almaty has been given a week to vacate the premises of their temple, while several Baptist congregations have been targeted for closure, according to Kazakh officials. In addition, members of Kazakhstan’s Justice Department have warned members of the threatened communities not to try to appeal to the United Nations or the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), saying that neither organization would be of any help.

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