КАЗАХСТАНСКОЕ МЕЖДУНАРОДНОЕ БЮРО ПО ПРАВАМ ЧЕЛОВЕКА И СОБЛЮДЕНИЮ ЗАКОННОСТИ

Jehovah’s witnesses in Kazakhstan fear repeat of Russia ban after ‘scary’ crackdown

After operations at its headquarters were suspended last week, Jehovah’s Witnesses in Kazakhstan fear their country’s government is going down the same path as neighboring Russia, where the Christian group was effectively banned earlier this year.

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Sharing beliefs "grave crime" requiring detention?

Kazakhstan's KNB secret police has arrested two Jehovah's Witnesses for discussing their faith with KNB informers. Teymur Akhmedov and Asaf Guliyev are in two months' pre-trial detention, although Akhmedov needs hospitalisation for cancer treatment. The Judge claimed this was to defend a "civilised society".

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Judges' religious freedom to be restricted?

The draft Code of Judges' Ethics – likely to be adopted at a 24 November congress - proposes wide-ranging bans on exercising freedom of religion outside the professional setting. Judges "shouldn't be very active in their religious conduct", says the Union of Judges secretary.

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Ten more Sunni Muslims sentenced

Sunni Muslim Baurzhan Beisembai was sentenced in Oskemen to two and a half years' imprisonment for alleged membership of Tabligh Jamaat missionary movement. Six others were imprisoned and two given restricted freedom. A further imprisonment in Aktobe means 41 such convictions since December 2014.

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Criminal case, fines, warnings, imprisonments for uncensored literature

Founder of Muslim WhatsApp group escapes criminal prosecution, but is fined for distributing uncensored religious literature. Baptists are fined for offering literature on the streets, while parents of one girl who did so are warned and father fined. The OSCE calls for end to religious censorship.

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Legitimate Restriction of the Right to Freedom of Conscience, Religion and Belief in the Legislation of the Republic of Kazakhstan. Challenges and Issues

An addendum to the “Assessing Compliance of Legislation of the Republic of Kazakhstan on Freedom of Conscience and Religion (Belief) with International Standards”

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«What right do authorities have to scare our children?»

About 20 police officers, Prosecutor's Office officials and Education Department officials raided a church-run children's summer camp near Kazakhstan's commercial capital Almaty on 30 July.

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