Religion

2017-01-12

On 20 and 21 December, the Equal Rights Trust launched three new comprehensive reports examining discrimination and inequality in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan. Published as these three countries mark the 25th year of their independence, the reports provide unprecedented insights into discrimination on the basis of religion, ethnicity, political opinion, gender, sexual orientation, disability and other grounds in states where little has previously been reported on such issues.

Equal Rights Trust
2016-09-25

Germany’s foreign minister, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, is visiting Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Tajikistan this week – three countries plagued by serious human rights abuses.Uzbekistan has one of the world’s worst human rights records; Tajikistan is in the midst of its most severe crackdown on the political opposition since the end of the country’s bloody civil war in 1997; and abuses persist

Human Rights Watch
2016-09-25

WASHINGTON — The U.S. State Department warned that religion-based terrorists as well as some governments across the globe are threatening the liberties of religious minorities.

“One of the best ways to deny these murderers their victory is by ensuring that those they have sought to destroy not only survive, but thrive,” said Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken, announcing the 2015 Annual Report on International Religious Freedom.

2016-09-25

Tajikistan, where wearing hijab is a crime, 685 crimes have been reported first seven months of this year,and of this number 643 cases have been women wearing hijab.

Chief of the Interior Ministry’s office in Khujand, the capital of Sughd province, Colonel Emin Jalilov has said that 685 crimes have been reported in the city over the first seven months of this year.

 Of this number, 643 women wearing hijab are now registered with Interior Ministry’s office in Khujand; 513 of them are residents of the city of Khujand.

2016-09-25

Bishkek, August 15 / Kabar /. Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambaev received Mufti of the Muslims of Kyrgyzstan Maksat aji Toktomushev, chairman of the Board of experts of the Spiritual Administration of Muslims of Kyrgyzstan Abdyshukur aji Narmatov, Council of experts Chubak aji Jalilov, member, chairman of the Board of the Development Fund of Spiritual Culture "Iyman" Nurzhigit Kadyrbekov, the Kyrgyz President's press office reports.

2016-09-25

DUSHANBE, July 14, 2016, Asia-Plus -- An article “Kyrgyzstan: Shock Billboard Sparks Religious Debate” that was posted on EurasiaNet.org’s website on July 13 says residents of Kyrgyzstan’s capital woke up on July 13 to find stark and, to some, provocative billboards on some of the city’s main thoroughfares.

The huge poster reportedly shows three groups of women in a variety of female head covers — some of them in the niqab veil that covers almost the entire — and the words “Oh poor nation, where are we headed?”

2016-09-25

When the Soviet Union collapsed, it left behind an independent Tajikistan that was saddled with severe economic and social challenges that have lasted to this day. In particular, the government has always had an uneasy relationship with its Islamic roots, and it has made several attempts to diminish religion’s role in daily life.

2016-09-20

12 July 2016

By Mushfig Bayram, Forum 18

Uzbekistan this Ramadan banned shared public Muslim iftar meals in Tashkent. Human rights defender Shukhrat Rustamov commented "the main reason .. is because this is a public expression of their [Muslims'] faith". The authorities also continued nationwide to ban people under 18 attending mosques.

2016-09-20

9 August 2016

By Mushfig Bayram, Forum 18

After police raided a religious meeting in a home in Bukhara Region, four Sufi Muslims were imprisoned for four years each for participating in an "illegal" religious group. Eleven more were fined. Protestants have been tortured and fined for "illegal" literature in homes.

Four members of a Sufi Muslim community were imprisoned for four years in Bukhara Region in June for religious meetings at home, as their community does not have state registration. Eleven more members were fined.

2016-09-20

By Mushfig Bayram, Forum 18

Mosque demolitions, surveillance cameras, metal detectors, a ban on state employees at Friday prayers, youth activists to prevent prayers not in Hanafi or Ismaili tradition continue state moves aiming to "establish total control of Muslim activity", human rights defenders told Forum 18 from Tajikistan.