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Ban on proselytizing

A new Kyrgyz law erodes religious freedom, said the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.

Designed to restrict non-Muslim faiths, the law requires all religious organizations to re-register with the government.

It places bans on children becoming involved in religious activities, the distribution of religious materials and the “aggressive action aimed at proselytizing.”

At presstime Kyrgyzstan’s President Kurmanbek Bakiev had yet to sign the law.


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