By Corey Bailey
Kazakhstan has garnered international condemnation with the case of Pastor Masket Djabbarbergenov who was accused of teaching religion in his home and, fearing for his life, fled to Kazakhstan from his native Uzbekistan. He and his family registered for refugee status and were denied. Kazakh officials arrested Djabbarbergenov and are threatening to send him back to Uzbekistan despite being advised from the UN Committee Against Torture not to do so. Returning him there would most certainly result in torture and possibly a 15-year prison sentence.