Religious Freedom – Kazakhstan

KAZAKHSTAN: Raided Churches Ordered to Stop

By Forum 18 Three Baptist churches in the city of Taraz have been subjected to raids from anti-terrorism officers in recent weeks. Despite claiming “our laws don’t ban praying,” officials defend their punishment of those who ... Full Article

KAZAKHSTAN: Six more arrests for sharing faith

By Felix Corley, Forum 18 Six more Sunni Muslims were arrested in a “special operation” in the central city of Karaganda [Qaraghandy] on 30 October. All six are being investigated on criminal charges of participation in the ... Full Article

Kazakhstan: Ten more Sunni Muslims sentenced

By Felix Corey | Forum 18 News Service In two separate trials – in Oskemen (Ust- Kamenogorsk) and Aktobe – ten more Sunni Muslims were given criminal convictions in early October for alleged membership of the Tabligh Jamaat Muslim ... Full Article

Four 20-month prison terms, one 18-month term

By Felix Corley, Forum 18 News Service Four alleged members of the Muslim missionary movement Tabligh Jamaat – Bakyt Nurmanbetov, Aykhan Kurmangaliyev, Sagyndyk Tatubayev and Kairat Esmukhambetov – were sentenced today (14 January) to ... Full Article

KAZAKHSTAN: “Social justice” the Kazakh way

By Felix Corley, Forum 18 News Service Nikolai Novikov has been fined three times in two years, jailed for five days, placed on Kazakhstan’s exit ban list (with a restraining order placed on his car) and now faces his garage being ... Full Article