» 09/20/2004, 00.00
Two female students thrown out of university because they are Christian
Bible and Mel Gibson’s ‘The Passion of the Christ’ banned in Uzbek region of Karakalpakstan
Regional authorities impose ban but offer no explanation. All religions except Islam are outlawed in the area. Religious literature is systematically confiscated and anyone caught in possession of such material, even for personal use, can be fined or jailed.
Religious persecution in Uzbekistan going from bad to worse
Government seeks total control of Muslim majority and wants to rid the country of other religions. Tomorrow is the first anniversary of the army massacre of defenceless civilians in Andijan.
Prison for clerics but some in the West prefer to think about oil
A Pentecostal pastor, Salavat Serikbayev, was sentenced to two years in prison because he was “teaching religion” in a house. In Uzbekistan, persecution continues against pastors and human rights activists. But some in the EU are considering toning down sanctions imposed after the Andijan massacre, not least because this may give them access to energy sources.
Believers face bullying from ex-KGB
Big gas exporter Uzbekistan keeping its citizens in a deep freeze
In energy-rich Uzbekistan people are freezing in the dark because of gas and power shortages. With temperatures that dip to -20 centigrade during the day and -30 at night, people’s complaints have little impact on powerless authorities.
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