Turkmenistan’s secret additions to already restrictive Religion Law

By World Watch Monitor

It’s been over a year since the Central Asian state of Turkmenistan added further restrictions to its Religion Law, but the changes were introduced in such secrecy that few knew about them until well after the event.

It wasn’t until January this year that regional news agency Forum 18 shed some light on the changes, which will mostly affect smaller religious denominations, such as Evangelical churches.

The most significant change is the need for all religious groups to re-register by providing the full names, addresses and dates of birth of at least 50 members. (It used to be five.)