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Thursday, January 23rd, 2014
Typically outside of the international media spotlight, Kazakhstan has slowly but surely tightening restrictions on the religious freedom of 16.8 million citizens. As the following article points out, foreigners who share their faith are deported, despite the countries commitment to upholding international human rights standards. ICC has also highlighted the case of Pastor Kashkumbayev, a Presbyterian minister from the capital of Astana, who has been imprisoned since May of 2013. The Kazakh government denies it is committing any human rights violations, despite protests from international human rights organizations.
Monday, December 2nd, 2013
Kyrgyzstan is the first country in Central Asia to have a democratically-elected head of state. Unlike the rest of Central Asia, persecution of believers comes mainly from family, friends, and community. In rural areas especially, Muslim-background believers face enormous pressure to recant their new faith.
Sunday, July 14th, 2013
Known “mostly known for its corruption, bride-stealing, and revolutions,” Kyrgyzstan is among the last places you would expect to see a huge Christian concert by artist Jeremy Camp. In a country where missionaries are being deported, Islamization is occurring at alarming rates, and Christians are regularly persecuted, this was a breath of fresh air. Many Kyrgyz believers are calling it a miracle.
Wednesday, June 26th, 2013
Christians in the former Soviet Republic countries such as Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan suffer persecution daily. This article refers to them as “secret believers” as many times they must keep their faith quiet due to the danger it could incur to be vocal about their belief in Jesus. One Christians said, "It's practically impossible to openly share about Jesus Christ. Doing so will get you beaten, arrested, or killed.”
Monday, March 25th, 2013
Christians in Kyrgyzstan struggle to practice their faith freely. They are often ostracized because they are Christians, and at times even face jail time. Nellie Vorobye, now living in America, shares what it was like to grow up as a Christian in Kyrgyzstan.
Wednesday, March 13th, 2013
With disturbing reports of persecution against Christians trickling out of a region that appears to exist in the shadows, religious freedom in Central Asia remains a matter of grave concern for the rest of the world.
Thursday, January 10th, 2013
The secret police in Kyrgyzstan are apparently behind the push for greater punishments against individuals and churches exercising their rights to religious freedom. The new proposal widens what is punishable as well as increasing the price of the fines. The punishable offences range from holding a prayer meeting in a location not authorized by the government; to an individual teaching religious beliefs without a “personal registration to do so.” Christians are fearful, saying "If adopted, the punishments will definitely be used. We regard them as a way for the authorities to collect money from religious communities.”
Tuesday, December 25th, 2012
While a recent attack on a young girl who converted to Christianity exposes the need for protection of minorities in Kyrgyzstan, the government is making life more difficult for them by making the already repressive religion law more stringent.
Friday, December 21st, 2012
While the government of Kyrgyzstan claims that they are enforcing the Religion Law “democratically” there are many religious minorities who would beg to differ. The new changes, if full adopted, could result in students needing the permission of the government to attend religious colleges in other countries as well as requiring a church or other religious community to have 200 local members before it can be legal.
Tuesday, December 18th, 2012
In a country that does not support religious minorities a young Kyrg girl was punished by her parents for converting to Christianity. Though they beat her until she went unconscious and burned her face on the stove, she did not recant her faith. Situations like this are more frequent in Kyrgyzstan than one might suppose, however the incidents frequently go unreported.
Monday, December 17th, 2012
The conversation about the effect of the Religion Law and new amendments to it continue in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan. Christians in both countries have faced closure of their churches, denied re-registrations (making it illegal for them to meet) and the increased censorship of Christian publications, including the Bible.
Friday, December 14th, 2012
The newest amendments to the Religion Law in Kyrgyzstan give the government even more control over religious literature. It’s unclear how these amendments will be implemented, but there are those who say that it will be “be chaotic, selective and arbitrary". The Religion Law, pre-amendments, broke international human rights commitments. These new amendments take Kyrgyzstan further in the wrong direction-away from religious freedom.
Sunday, November 4th, 2012
This article sheds light on the state of the persecuted church in the 10/40 window. This region of the world sees the highest amount of persecution and is also where most of ICC’s projects are based. Christians often see “their lives threatened, homes destroyed, rights violated and loved ones imprisoned, all because of embracing faith in Jesus Christ".
Thursday, August 30th, 2012
The government of Kyrgyzstan is in a tumultuous position right now as its “ruling coalition collapsed” last week. With a president trying to unite fighting politicians and a new prime minister on the horizon the future seems uncertain. This is especially so for Christians as “this is a nation that has increasingly become antagonistic to evangelical Christians and has taken steps to curb religious freedom.”
Thursday, August 23rd, 2012
This article is an update on lawsuit filed by a Christian against a Muslim in Kyrygzstan. The Christian has suffered persecution in the form of threats, attacks and false accusations at the hands of the same Muslim man, a Mullah, and is suing him “to prompt authorities to act.” Laws in Kyrgyzstan promise to protect religious freedom, but in practice are rarely upheld. This is a case to watch, and see what the results are when it reaches the country’s Supreme Court.
Saturday, July 28th, 2012
A Christian in Kyrgyzstan was distributing humanitarian items in a village when he was attacked by the Islamic leader and his mob. In a case that is vital for Christians in Kyrgyzstan, the Christian worker is now suing the Islamic leader. Christians in Kyrgyzstan are officially protected by laws, but that protection is not enforced and they face beatings and death for professing their faith.
Saturday, June 30th, 2012
As if the existing restrictive Religion Laws are not enough, parliament in Kyrgyzstan is considering tightening the noose even more. The amendments, if passed, would have “the effect of imposing total censorship on all literature and similar material” said one lawyer. Thankfully, the President refused to sign, but the fight is not over yet and the amendments were sent back to Parliament.
Saturday, June 16th, 2012
Kyrgyzstan’s law enforcement continues to stop violent attacks on people exercising their right to freedom of religion. In some cases they have even witnessed mob attacks and done nothing. Recent attacks, where local police and Public Prosecutors failed to respond, include beatings, threats, property burned down, mob attacks, and the attack of five Baptists in their home village. While the government drags its feet in response, refusing to bring the attackers to justice, religious communities live in fear.
Saturday, January 21st, 2012
Kyrgyzstan's State Commission for Religious Affairs (SCRA) has denied registration – or the right to legally exist – to Protestant churches and other religious minorities, Forum 18 News Service reports.
Tuesday, January 17th, 2012
Unregistered religious activity, including the worship of hundreds of churches, is banned under Kyrgyzstan's repressive Bakiev-era Religion Law, Forum 18 News Service reports.
Thursday, December 29th, 2011
“Religious communities in Kyrgyzstan are encountering bans and great difficulties in inviting foreign religious workers to work with them,” Forum 18 News Service reports.
Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011
Congressman advocates for a Bill to establish a Special Envoy for Religious Minorities in the Near East and South Central Asia to help protect persecuted Christians.
Monday, August 2nd, 2010
Church member beaten, music and computer equipment taken
Tuesday, July 13th, 2010
Member ‘badly beaten, tied up with tape’ by assailants
Tuesday, June 29th, 2010
The passing of the referendum in Kyrgyzstan following Sunday's vote shows 90.6 percent voters backed the new constitution
Monday, June 28th, 2010
Administration appeals voters to approve a new constitution that would replace presidential rule with a parliamentary government
Saturday, June 26th, 2010
There are still high tensions between Uzbeks and Kyrgyz in light of deadly ethnic violence and Sunday's vote on a new constitution
Thursday, June 24th, 2010
Kyrgyz believers have reached out to help Uzbek neighbors risking their lives
Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010
Pastors have been taking risks, as they transport Christians and missionaries who have been trapped inside the city to safety.
Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010
Christians in Kyrgyzstan are living in a state of fear.