28 May, 2015 AsiaNews.it Twitter AsiaNews.it Facebook            

Help AsiaNews | About us | P.I.M.E. | | RssNewsletter | Mobile






mediazioni e arbitrati, risoluzione alternativa delle controversie e servizi di mediazione e arbitrato
e-mail this to a friend printable version


» 05/26/2012
KAZAKHSTAN
Kazakh authorities convict Baptist man on false charges
Vasily Stakhnev has to pay a hefty fine for illegal distribution of religious material. He said he would appeal his conviction. The authorities have targeted Baptists because they refuse to register. In a few months, the country's religion law has led to the banning of almost 600 churches and religious groups.

Astana (AsiaNews/Agencies) - Kazakh authorities charged Protestant man and convicted him for illegally handing out religious material. Vasily Stakhnev, a Baptist, broke Kazakhstan's religion law. Adopted on 21 October 2011, the law is the work of President Nursultan Nazarbayev. In a few months, it has proven highly controversial and has led to the banning of almost 600 churches and religious groups.

Unregistered religious activity is illegal in Kazakhstan, as is religious literature that has not passed state censorship.

With such a law in place, the authorities have raided religious groups, including Jehovah's Witness and Hare Krishna.

Baptists are an especially easy target because they refuse on principle to register with the government.

Citing local sources, Forum 18 reported that in February security agents raided the flats of Vasily Stakhnev and two other Baptists in Serebryansk, eastern Kazakhstan, a Christian booklets from all three.

In Stakhev's case, police pressured neighbours to sign statements that he had "stuck religious literature in the door handles or under the doors of their flats."

Although he acknowledges possessing Christian literature, Stakhev maintains that he is innocent and that never handed out material to others.

Despite his claims, a judge convicted him on 27 April for "carrying out of missionary activity by citizens of the Republic of Kazakhstan, foreigners and persons without citizenship without registration".

Now Stakhev, who has launched an appeal against his sentence, has to pay a fine in excess of a thousand dollar, far more than what he earns.

 


e-mail this to a friend printable version

See also
10/28/2006 KAZAKHSTAN
Changes to law on religious freedom planned
02/23/2012 KAZAKHSTAN
Kazakh government to ban 579 Churches and religious communities
09/05/2011 KAZAKHSTAN
Protestants fear restrictions with the new Kazakh law on religious freedom
04/27/2013 KAZAKHSTAN
Kazakhstan, "religious freedom does not exist"
09/14/2006 KAZAKHSTAN
Astana, inter-faith declaration: "Eliminate prejudice to stop terrorism"
by Joseph Masilamany

Editor's choices
ASIA
Vigil for persecuted Christians, our teachers in the mission in the West
by Bernardo CervelleraThe "wall of indifference and cynicism" and the silence and apathy so often denounced by Pope Francis have become almost a fortress. Such persecution reflects confessional manipulation, which slams Islam as such, and ideological manipulation, which forgets what is happening in North Korea or China. An increasingly post-Christian Europe seems disinterested in Christians.
RUSSIA – CHINA
Moscow Patriarchate: China authorises the ordination of Chinese Orthodox priests on its territory
by Marta AllevatoMetropolitan Hilarion, the Moscow Patriarchate’s ‘foreign minister’, made the announcement after a visit to China where he met the leaders of the State Administration for Religious Affairs. The first priest should serve in Harbin. Two more ordinations are expected. With a new Cold War as the background, the Moscow-Beijing strategic alliance also has a Church connection with the People's Republic recognising the latter’s 'political' role in Russia.
VATICAN
Pope: We and the four new saints, witnesses of the Resurrection "where forgetfulness of God and human disorientation are most evident "Francis proclaims four religious sisters saints: one French, one Italian, two Palestinians: Maria Alfonsina Danil Ghattas, the foundress of the Sisters of the Rosary, and the Carmelite Maria of Crucified Jesus (nee Maria Bawardy). Mahmoud Abbas, President of the Palestinian Authority present. "Abiding in Christ" and cultivating “unity among us" are essential signs of witness. Maria Bawardy, "instrument of encounter and communion with the Muslim world".

Dossier

by Giulio Aleni / (a cura di) Gianni Criveller
pp. 176
Copyright © 2003 AsiaNews C.F. 00889190153 All rights reserved. Content on this site is made available for personal, non-commercial use only. You may not reproduce, republish, sell or otherwise distribute the content or any modified or altered versions of it without the express written permission of the editor. Photos on AsiaNews.it are largely taken from the internet and thus considered to be in the public domain. Anyone contrary to their publication need only contact the editorial office which will immediately proceed to remove the photos.