New Life church members described the accusation to Forum 18 as “absurd”. The new law will implement the following provisions: – Law requires that all religious groups re-register according to a complex four-tier system; – Requires missionaries to re-register annually, including persons travelling to a neighboring oblast for talks with a sister congregation; – Requires both central and local government approval to build or open new places of worship; – Requires that all religious literature would have to go through thorough verification by the Agency for Religious Affairs in a practice that in practice equals to censorship. Norwegian Helsinki committee therefore urges the President of Kazakhstan to use his Constitutional powers to return the law to the Parliament for a renewed, open and transparent discussion. According to the law, every religious community will have to register with the government. In June 2016, the government blamed a deadly attack in the northwestern city of Aqtobe on "followers of radical, nontraditional religious movements.". In Kyrgyzstan, President Almazbek Atambaev has said that "foreign culture should not be imposed upon us in the guise of religion.". "We must combat the tendencies that pose threats to our statehood," he said. Freedom of religion issues has also been discussed in dialogue meetings with high level government representatives. – We are concerned with the effects of this law if it enters into effect. You can search using keywords to narrow down the list. Dark Shadows: Inside the Secret World of Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan overcomes revolution jitters to embrace Kyrgyz leadership, Azerbaijanis oppose negotiations as they advance on frontline. It is NHC view that country would only benefit from international assistance. The laws were passed as the Military Affairs Directorate of Almaty’s Turksib District wrote to local religious communities, ordering them to “provide information on citizens on record as followers of non-traditional religions and radical religious views” .
Gergia adopts a new law on the status of religiuos organizationsNew report details unfulfilled promises during Kazakhstan’s OSCE presidency. The upper house followed suit on September 29 – ignoring an appeal by Freedom House to reject the bill.Nazarbayev likes to paint Kazakhstan as a haven of religious freedom, but his promise that the law would not be aimed at “prohibiting freedom of conscience” now rings a little hollow. In June 2010, a critical report was launched that describes the complicated situation. However the government paid little attention to statments issued by international NGOs, thus official view of the governmemt regarding the law remains unchanged. Authorities said eight people were killed when a group of suspected Islamic militants entered the city, raided a gun shop, and attacked an army unit.
Farangis Najibullah is a senior correspondent for RFE/RL who focuses on Central Asia. Nazarbaev, a staunchly secular, former-communist leader who has ruled the resources-rich state since 1989, said there were people who are "envious" of Kazakhstan's vast territories and natural wealth. Support Eurasianet: Help keep our journalism open to all, and influenced by none. Black clothing is only for funerals, says Kazakhstan's president, who wants a legal ban on certain Islamic clothing -- such as body-covering black garments for women and so-called Salafi-style ankle-length pants for men. While observers agree that Kazakhstan is facing a rise in extremist activity, critics see this fast-track legislation as an ill-conceived knee-jerk reaction.Contrast the speed of this bill with the snail-pace progress of Astana’s commitment to decriminalize libel.
The laws were passed as the Military Affairs Directorate of Almaty’s Turksib District wrote to local religious communities, ordering them to “provide information on citizens on record as followers of non-traditional religions and radical religious views”, The title of the new Religion Law, which replaces the 1992 Law on Freedom of Religious Confession and Religious Association, reads, Pastor Yerzhan Ushanov of the New Life Protestant Church in Taraz in Jambyl [Zhambyl] Region of southern Kazakhstan is challenging a heavy fine imposed on 5 September for allegedly harming the health of a man who he prayed for in May, charges he denies.
"Kazakhs wear black garments only for funerals," Nazarbaev said. Regions; Topics; Media; About; Search; Newsletter "Our young men grow beards and cut the length of their trousers [above the ankles]," he said, referring to styles of dress and appearance that are often associated with conservative Muslims who are branded as "Salafis" and portrayed by the authorities as followers of a potentially dangerous strand of Islam. Kazakhstan should also answer favorable to offers by the OSCE to provide legal assistance to ensure the new laws’ compliance with international human rights standards, says Engesland.
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On September 29, Kazakhstan government passed new laws which tighten government control over religious communities. In a letter signed by its head Lieutenant-Colonel Rashid Isaev, and seen by Forum 18, it ordered them to “provide information on citizens on record as followers of non-traditional religions and radical religious views”. The second law, The Law on introducing Amendments and Additions to several legal acts questions of Religious Activity and Religious Associations, amends nine other laws and legal provisions. Eurasianet . Kyrgyzstan’s Japarov: Revolutionary crime-fighting anti-corruption crusader. Nazarbaev said it was "necessary" to work out a legal ban on such attire, which he said was "incompatible" with the traditions of the predominantly Muslim Central Asian country. Islamic garments and other outward signs of religious observance have come under pressure elsewhere in Central Asia, where governments see the rising influence of the religion as a threat to state secularism. Zhanna Onlasheva of the state Agency for Religious Affairs, who drafted the laws, told Forum 18 News Service that “We set out our position to the OSCE that we didn’t agree with their view. The Kazakh president's official website also pointed out that "alien religious teachings" have penetrated Kazakh society via the Internet. In a press conference in Almaty 5 October 2011, the NHC together with the Almaty Helsinki Committee and regional experts expressed concern with the new law to a number of journalists. Main Menu. Pastor Yerzhan Ushanov of the New Life Protestant Church in Taraz in Jambyl [Zhambyl] Region of southern Kazakhstan is challenging a heavy fine imposed on 5 September for allegedly harming the health of a man who he prayed for in May, charges he denies. Kazakh authorities have increasingly expressed concern about religious extremism in the country, where several hundred people -- including some young families -- are estimated to have joined the Islamic State extremist group fighting in Syria and Iraq. Kazakh President Calls For Ban Against Islamic Attire, To comment on a portion of text or report a mistake or typo, select the text in the article and press Ctrl + Enter (or click, Kazakh authorities are concerned that the use of Islamic religious attire, such as the hijab, is on the rise among young people in the country. New Life church members described the accusation to Forum 18 as “absurd”.
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