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Turkmen women not allowed to study theology
Religious studies are severely restricted. Islamic theology is taught only in one university in Ashgabat. Only ten students can register each year. Other religions cannot be taught. Only Russian Orthodoxy enjoys some privileges.
Everyday religious repression
Group prayers require state authorisation, something hard to get. Police raids, seizes and fines all illegal religious activity. The Catholic Church has only one site. Imams are under tight control.
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.
After Niyazov, still few hopes for religious freedom
Who will be the next leader remains uncertain. Believers ask themselves whether there will be changes or whether the personality cult of the dead president will continue. Some experts speak.
Ashgabat: second Jehovah's Witness sentenced to forced labour in 2012
Aibek Salayev, 33, was accused of "distributing pornography". Supreme Court upholds his conviction, which goes into effect immediately. He will go to the Karabogaz camp on the Caspian Sea. Another Jehovah's Witness was sentenced to two years of hard labour for conscientious objection.
Teheran steps up gender segregation
New regulations have been put in place to segregate men and women in offices, hospitals and universities to "preserve Islamic culture". Using religion as a pretext, Teheran is targeting women as one of the most active elements of Iranian society, dangerous because of its strong calls for reforms and human rights.
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