Posted by: becketfund | November 18, 2009

Uzbekistan: Repression of Muslim and Christian Activity

KARSHI – Mekhrinisso Hamdamova, a Muslim holding a state appointment, has been arrested for holding unauthorized religious meetings in her home, and over 30 of her family members and other acquaintances have been arrested, Forum18 reported on November 18.  Authorities have accused Hamdamova of attempting to overthrow the President and the “constitutional order,” and inciting religious hatred.  In other cases, 11 Protestants have been fined because they were together for a meal in a friend’s house, the fines ranging between 50 and 10 times the minimum monthly wage, and 17 Protestants have been fined for possessing “illegal” religious literature.

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