» 06/02/2008, 00.00
Anti-terrorism police "monitor" Christian worship
Police burst into Christian religions functions, to film and identify those present. Although it has not yet been approved, a new law is already being applied that requires authorisation even for a religious from another city to visit.
Nazarbayev signs laws for the control of religious groups
Severe penalties for offenders of registration requirement. At least 5 thousand members necessary to comply with the national registration. The existence of dozens between religious groups and churches at risk.
Medvedev steers religions toward young people, but blocks Jehovah's witnesses
The Russian president is involving the traditional confessions in programs on behalf of young people. The Kremlin wants to reinforce relations with the Orthodox, make the Patriarch of Moscow a point of reference for all religions, and attribute a strong political value to his position. Jehovah's Witnesses accused of social isolation.
Kazakhstan, "religious freedom does not exist"
Cases of persecution against minority religious are growing. Members of religious communities and human rights defenders in the country report that there is no freedom of faith.
Kazakh authorities against Christians, Jehovah's Witnesses and Hare Krishna
In recent weeks the clamp down on religions has intensified, with arbitrary arrests and seizure of material. A hundred of Bibles and Gospels requisitioned from Akmola Baptist community. Now the faithful face trial. Hare krishnas detained for distributing "extremist literature".
“Soviet methods” used on religious minorities
At an Osce conference, the countries religious authorities vaunt Astana’s religious freedom and tolerance. At the same time Jehovah Witnesses are sentenced for having gathered in prayer and the temple of the Hare Krishna is demolished. The systematic persecution of religious minorities.
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