Giving hope to persecuted Christians since 1995
Select Page

Uzbekistan: Police assault Baptist, Imams fired, gift to Children’s Home a “violation”

ICC Note:

“Uzbekistan has levied a large fine on a Baptist in the capital Tashkent – who was physically assaulted by police – for giving a children’s Bible to a work colleague,” reported Forum 18 News Service.

By Mushfig Bayram

4/15/2011 Uzbekistan (Forum 18 News Service) – Uzbekistan has levied a large fine on a Baptist in the capital Tashkent – who was physically assaulted by police – for giving a children’s Bible to a work colleague, Forum 18 News Service has learned. The policeman who assaulted Galina Shemetova denied to Forum 18 that he had done anything wrong. Possibly fuelled by the authorities concerns about the impact of the Arab Spring uprisings for freedom, three Tashkent Muslim clerics who studied in Arab countries have been dismissed from their posts. No reasons have been given for the dismissals, and officials refused to answer when asked by Forum 18 whether the dismissals had anything to do with where the clergymen studied. And the officially registered Zarafshan Baptist Church has been raided and given an official warning for making a financial gift to a local children’s home. The raid followed the Church’s required filing of its financial statements with the regional Justice Department, who then ordered the raid. Among a list of – disputed – violations found by officials is that a tap did not have a notice with the personal data of the person responsible for the Church’s use of water. No officials would tell Forum 18 what will happen to the funds the Church gave the Happiness Children’s Home.

[Full Story]