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Kazakhstan is among countries with very high government restrictions on religion


The Pew Research Center’s report “Religious Hostilities Reach Six-Year High”

on freedom of religion ranked Kazakhstan in number of countries with highest government restrictions on religion.


The number of countries with very high government restrictions rose from 20 in 2011 to 24 in 2012, an increase of 20%. Five countries had very high government restrictions in 2012 but not in 2011: Azerbaijan, Tajikistan, Morocco, Iraq and Kazakhstan. Just one country that had very high government restrictions in 2011 – Yemen – did not have very high restrictions in 2012. (See table below.) Meanwhile, 97 countries (49%) had low levels of government restrictions in 2012, down from 100 (51%) in 2011.


You can read report HERE: http://www.pewforum.org/2014/01/14/religious-hostilities-reach-six-year-high/#countries-with-very-high-government-restrictions-on-religion


The Pew Research Center’s Religion & Public Life Project, launched in 2001 as the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life, seeks to promote a deeper understanding of issues at the intersection of religion and public affairs.


The project conducts surveys, demographic studies and other social science research to examine a wide range of issues concerning religion and society in the United States and around the world – from shifting religious composition to the influence of religion on politics to the extent of government and social restrictions on religion. The project also covers a range of issues that often have a religious component – from abortion and gay marriage to stem cell research and church-state controversies.


The Religion & Public Life Project is part of the Pew Research Center, a nonpartisan fact tank that informs the public about the issues, attitudes and trends shaping America and the world. The center conducts public opinion polling, demographic studies, media content analysis and other empirical social science research. Pew Research does not take positions on any of the issues it covers or on policy debates.






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