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Tuesday, November 19th, 2013
Another incident of religious materials being seized by the Tajik police has again highlighted the severe restrictions on religion in Tajikistan. In just the past few months both Christian and Muslim groups have had materials seized by the police and fines handed down for materials that had not been “approved” by the State. A Tajik official stated that all religious literature must be examined, the religious communities have complained about the high cost of the censorship fees that make obtaining religious materials unaffordable.
Monday, September 9th, 2013
According to reports from Russian youth ministries, the Gospel is moving in the isolated Central Asian country of Tajikistan. One of the poorest countries in the world, Tajikistan is a Muslim majority country that is culturally closely related to Afghanistan and Iran. Russian Ministries School Without Walls uses its youth adventure learning in the Central Asian country to help spread the Gospel through sports, festivals and children's games. In the months of July and August, these youth groups were able to reach over 8,000 people with the Good News. Please pray for the continued success of this ministry.
Saturday, June 29th, 2013
A girl in Tajikistan has been horribly persecuted for her faith, and has now gone radio silent. When her Muslim family discovered that she converted from Islam to Christianity they burned her Bible and even beat her publicly.
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.
Saturday, February 23rd, 2013
Recent administrative reforms reveal that Tajikistan is using the fear of punishment as a deterrent to all religious activity, leaving the minority Christian community as the most vulnerable to intimidation and persecution.
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".
Monday, September 3rd, 2012
Basic freedom of religion, such as meeting for worship or teaching your children about faith, is being restricted for Christians and others in Tajikistan. Under current rules no child under the age of seven can receive a religious education, and adults wishing to receive religious education have to ask permission from the government to go abroad and study. One government official said, “Yes, yes, often some of these feather-brained individuals just want to go abroad with such excuses."
Saturday, February 18th, 2012
Raymond Ibrahim reports in the algemeiner that “The beginning of the New Year saw only an increase in the oppression of Christians under Islam, from Nigeria, where an all-out jihad has been declared in an effort to eradicate the Muslim north of all Christians, to Europe, where Muslim converts to Christianity are still hounded and attacked as apostates.” Ibrahim’s series, titled ‘Muslim Persecution of Christians,’ is published each month to document cases of persecution – whether it be general discrimination, arrests, or murder – committed by Muslims in majority Islamic countries, Asia and the West.
Wednesday, October 26th, 2011
“This past weekend, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton visited Tajikistan and Uzbekistan to warn them that their human rights violations were immoral and harmful to the countries’ safety,” The Christian Post reports.
Wednesday, August 17th, 2011
"Officials explained that the Law exists, but didn't explain how it will be put into practice," a Catholic told Forum 18 News Service.
Friday, July 22nd, 2011
“Tajikistan's Parliament has today (21 July) adopted two measures particularly targeting the [religious freedom] rights of children and their parents,” Forum 18 News Service reports.
Friday, May 27th, 2011
“Without any prior public notice on 25 May the Lower Chamber of Tajikistan's Parliament approved without discussion a government-proposed amendment banning people of any faith from having religious education abroad without state permission,” Forum 18 News Service reports. In addition, authorities recently banned the activities of a Baptist church in southern Tajikistan.
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.
Friday, January 14th, 2011
“Tajikistan charges religious communities [including Christians] high prices for censorship which violates the internationally recognised human rights to freedom of expression and freedom of religion or belief,” Forum 18 News Service reports.
Wednesday, January 12th, 2011
“A new "offence" of producing, distributing, importing or exporting religious literature and items of a religious nature [including Christian material]… was created with the addition of Article 474-1 to the Code of Administrative Offences,” reports Forum 18 News Service.
Friday, April 16th, 2010
Tajikistan government violates religious freedom by refusing to re-register churches and other religious gatherings under the Religion Law. Without registration, Christian services are considered illegal.
Wednesday, January 6th, 2010
"Christians in several areas of Tajikistan faced uncertainty Tuesday, January 5, over the future of their churches after the former Soviet republic introduced a new religion law that the United States has criticized as highly restrictive."
Monday, January 4th, 2010
"Oppressive new laws in Azerbaijan and Tajikistan required religious communities to re-register with the government by January 1, 2010 or face illegal status."
Saturday, December 12th, 2009
Forum 18 reports that “Less than a month before the re-registration deadline of 1 January 2010 imposed by Tajikistan's restrictive new Religion Law, officials have conceded… that less than half the religious communities in the country have been re-registered. Under the Law, communities which do not want to register or fail to gain re-registration will be illegal.”
Thursday, December 3rd, 2009
Members of a Baptist congregation in the capital Dushanbe have appealed to the City Court against a ban on their activity imposed because they meet for worship in a private home without state registration.
Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009
The compulsory education of Islam in secular schools clearly paves the way for imposition of Islamic values on non-Muslims and grossly violates the religious freedom of citizens.
Wednesday, June 24th, 2009
12 years after it legally bought its worship building in the capital Dushanbe, members of the Grace Sunmin Protestant Church have until 1 July to remove the extensions they added to the building and vacate it.
Saturday, June 13th, 2009
Attacks on the property of religious communities continue, with the Protestant Grace Sunmin Church in the capital Dushanbe having lost its legal battle to stop the authorities evicting it from its own church building.
Monday, May 11th, 2009
Christians and others have not been able to gain registration from the government under restrictive laws, and are fighting for the very property they have.
Friday, April 3rd, 2009
The highly restrictive new Religion Law has now come into force.
Saturday, March 28th, 2009
While this new law seems to be focused on restricting Muslim worship, it will just as well limit the religious activities of every other religious group.
Friday, March 13th, 2009
This article gives a good overview of the religious freedom restrictions in Central Asia, which make being a Christian very difficult there.
Thursday, January 22nd, 2009
Tajikistan is continuing to close down places of worship in the capital Dushanbe.
Saturday, January 3rd, 2009
The authorities of Tajikistan are enacting legislation that restricts freedom of religion in the country. Christians are affected by the new legislation.
Friday, December 19th, 2008
Many Christians would be placed "outside the framework of the law."