» 10/27/2014, 00.00
Kyrgyz government to require religions to register or fold
The authorities propose changes to the existing Religion Law. If adopted, changes will further empower the State Commission for Religious Affairs (SCRA). For human rights activists, the amended legislation would "subordinate religion to the state".
Kyrgyzstan to restrict further religions, boost penalties and limits on worship
Kyrgyzstan's State Commission for Religious Affairs and its National Security Committee propose tougher measures to restrict freedom of worship. Activist is concerned the authorities want to raise money at the expense of religious communities, including youth prayer groups.
Kyrgyzstan to restrict religious freedom
Restrictive draft bill, which passed first reading in Kyrgyz parliament, will especially affect minorities. A ban is imposed on religions not recognised by the government and on proselytising.
Even more restrictions in new law on religious freedom
Communities with less than 200 members are banned. Proselytising and public distribution of religious material are banned. Experts stress the new legislation fails to respect human rights. OCSE criticises the law.
Kyrgyz police prevents faithful from meeting in private home to pray
Many Protestant groups but also others are denied on technicalities the necessary permit to engage in activities. Protestant groups complain about systematic discrimination.
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