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(Forum 18) – Although wide-ranging national security amendments now in parliament will negatively affect a whole range of groups – including the media, NGOs, business people and religious communities – religious believers will suffer the most, argues Aleksandr Klyushev, chairman of the Association of Religious Organisations of Kazakhstan. If adopted, these amendments will cause unjustified suffering to law-abiding believers, who could be punished for peacefully practising their faith. He believes national security will suffer as they will also allow incompetent law-enforcement personnel to claim successes in combating illegal but harmless religious organisations instead of effectively policing real threats to Kazakh society. He calls on the international community to influence the Kazakh government not to adopt the amendments.