East-West Church & Ministry Report
Vol. 5, No. 2, Spring 1997, Covering the Former Soviet Union and East Central Europe

Violations of Religious Liberty in Uzbekistan

Mark Elliott, editor

Uzbekistan is among the 11 countries with the worst records of discrimination and persecution against Christians worldwide, according to research by Nina Shea of Freedom House (New York Times, 11 February 1997 editorial). While the 1992 Uzbek law on religion forbids missionary activity (Article 3, Part 1), it does grant citizens and religious organizations the right "to acquire and use religious literature in their own language" (Article 21, Part 1); "to produce, export, import, and use religious literature" Article 21, Part 3); and "to confess any religion or to confess none" (Article 3, Part 1).  Nevertheless, Uzbek authorities are increasingly violating provisions of the current Uzbek law on religion.

Sources: Karen Lord, "Commission Urges Uzbekistan to Protect Religious Liberty," CSCE Digest 19 (December 1996), 9; Barbara G. Baker, "Imprisoned Christians Released in Uzbekistan," Compass Direct, 6 December 1996; E-mail from Sergei Mitin, executive director of the Uzbek Bible Society, to friends, 13 March 1997; Updates from Internet missions news group (brigada-peoples-uzbek@xc.org), 6 December 1996 and 14 April 1997; E-mail information bulletins from Christians in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, 1 April and 9 April 1997.

Mark Elliott, "Violations of Religious Liberty in Uzbekistan," East-West Church & Ministry Report, 5 (Spring 1997), 12.

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1997 Institute for East-West Christian Studies
ISSN 1069-5664

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