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July 15, 2017

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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July 5, 2017

KAZAKHSTAN SLAMS FINES, SUSPENSION ON JEHOVAH’S WITNESSES AFTER RAID BY 40 ARMED MASKED MEN

“On June 29, 2017, a Kazakhstan court ordered the branch office of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Almaty, Kazakhstan, to suspend operations for three months and fined them approximately 680,000 KZT ($2,107)”, the JWs said on their website.

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July 5, 2017

Kazakhstan Government Suspends Branch Operations of Jehovah’s Witnesses

On June 29, 2017, a Kazakhstan court ordered the branch office of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Almaty, Kazakhstan, to suspend operations for three months and fined them approximately 680,000 KZT ($2,107).

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May 4, 2017

KAZAKHSTAN: Five year jail, three year ban

On 2 May a Judge in Kazakhstan’s capital Astana sentenced Jehovah’s Witness prisoner of conscience Teymur Akhmedov to five years’ imprisonment for discussing his faith with seven young men who were National Security Committee (KNB) secret police informers but claimed to be students.

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May 3, 2017

Kazakhstan Tramples on Religious Freedom and Convicts Teymur Akhmedov

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On May 2, 2017, an Astana court sentenced Teymur Akhmedov to five years in prison merely for sharing his religious beliefs with others. He is the first of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Kazakhstan to be criminally convicted for his religious activity since the nation’s independence in 1991.

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History of Witnesses in Kazakhstan

April 6, 2017

KAZAKHSTAN: Lawyers now face trial for defending client

The two lawyers for a Jehovah’s Witness now on trial in Astana are themselves under criminal investigation. The KNB secret police investigator accuses them of “revealing information from a pre-trial investigation” by appealing to President Nazarbayev for the case against their client to be halted.

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July 15, 2016

KAZAKHSTAN: How many punished for exercising freedom?

Nearly 50 Jehovah’s Witnesses from Kazakhstan have joined complaints to the Human Rights Committee against fines (and deportation for foreigners) imposed for sharing their faith with others

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History of JW in Kazakhstan

July 15, 2016

Crackdown on Jehovah’s Witnesses in Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan has misled the human rights watchdogs about its record on freedom of religion, according to a report today.

Four days after the UN Human Rights Committee examined the country, Kazakhstan fined three more people for exercising their freedom

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May 28, 2016

Kazakhstan Jehovah’s Witness fined for inviting neighbors to meeting – JW News

Dina Sarsebekova arrived at the homes of deaf persons, introduced herself in sign language, and invited them to some activity that was supposed to occur on 23 March at the address Prospect Abulkhair Khan 73 (it is at this address that the religious association of Jehovah’s Witnesses is registered—author’s note), and then showed a video tape with religious contents on her tablet.

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May 14, 2016

KAZAKHSTAN: Punished for worship meetings – JW News

Nearly 50 Jehovah’s Witnesses from Kazakhstan have joined complaints to the United Nations Human Rights Committee against fines (and deportation for foreigners) imposed for sharing their faith with others. The government insists this represented illegal “missionary activity”.

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March 20, 2016

KAZAKHSTAN: Religious books banned as “extremist”, but Prosecutor “can’t remember” why – JW News

On 15 January 2016, Astana’s Specialised Interdistrict Economic Court rejected the Jehovah’s Witness suit against the Religious Affairs Committee, which had complained that the rejection of the import had been unjustified and violated the right to freedom of religion or belief. On 10 March, Judge Sayran Alimbayeva of Astana City Court rejected the Jehovah’s Witnesses’ challenge to that refusal to hear the suit, according to the decision seen by Forum 18.

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February 2, 2015

Kazakhstan A New Kazakh Bible | JWnews

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October 10, 2014

KAZAKHSTAN: Ten days’ imprisonment for “extremist” book | JWnews

A growing – but unknown – number of religious publications and web pages by Muslim, Protestant and Jehovah’s Witness authors are being banned in court as “extremist”, Forum 18 notes. Such court decisions are often not publicised and therefore impossible to challenge.

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September 30, 2013

KAZAKHSTAN: Pastor deported, who is next ?

KAZAKHSTAN: Pastor deported, Orthodox priest to follow?

Baptist pastor Viktor Lim was ordered deported from Kazakhstan for leading a registered religious community and left in mid-August. Lim, a stateless person, had lived in the country for 20 years and his wife and children are Kazakh citizens. The authorities classed his action as “illegal missionary activity” for which punishment is a fine and, for non-citizens, deportation. “The appeal hearing lasted just 10 minutes – it was a pure formality,” Pastor Lim complained to Forum 18 News Service.

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September 5, 2013

KAZAKHSTAN: Inviting to religious worship a new offence

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In the first such case known to Forum 18 News Service, an individual has been punished under Kazakhstan’s harsh controls on religious activity simply for inviting friends to attend a registered religious meeting.

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September 4, 2013

KAZAKHSTAN: Jehovah’s Witnesses fined for “illegal meeting”

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In what appears to be a new development under Kazakhstan’s harsh controls on religious activity, Jehovah’s Witness Zarina Burova was fined in June for illegal “missionary activity” after inviting friends by text message to attend a religious meeting. In a July case, four Jehovah’s Witnesses were similarly fined after two or three attendees at a meeting raided by police.

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August 23, 2013

KAZAKHSTAN: Nationwide fines and raids on meetings continue

Particularly in July, Jehovah’s Witnesses appear to have been targeted for raids and numerous large fines. In that month alone, Jehovah’s Witnesses told Forum 18 on 22 August, over 10 people identified as leaders of meeting for worship without state permission have been each fined the equivalent of two months average salary.

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May 20, 2013

KAZAKHSTAN: Religious freedom to suffer in anti-extremist programme?

Existing state denigration of specific faiths is widespread. Pentecostal Christians, Ahmadi Muslims, other non-Hanafi Muslims and Jehovah’s Witnesses have been among those vilified in state publications and films (see eg F18News 16 April 2013 http://www.forum18.org/Archive.php?article_id=1825).

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March 2, 2012

KAZAKHSTAN: meetings for worship stopped | JWnews


jwitness.wordpress.comOther communities elsewhere in Kazakhstan have stated that they have also begun to face similarly wide-ranging enquiries about their property. For example, Jehovah’s Witnesses have recently faced similar inspections from local authorities in both Kyzylorda [Qyzylorda] in South Kazakhstan Region and Astana, a Jehovah’s Witness told on 28 February. They did not want to discuss the details for fear of state reprisals.

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February 24, 2012

KAZAKHSTAN: Small religious communities “banned under new Law” | JWnews


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Kazakhstan’s senior state religious affairs official, Kairat Lama Sharif, has described the 13 per cent fall in the number of registered religious communities as a “positive dynamic” after 579 small religious groups (with fewer than 50 adult citizen members) were stripped of registration. He said the number of registered communities “will probably” fall further in the wake of the controversial new Religion Law.

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February 14, 2012

KAZAKHSTAN: First known use of harsh new punishments | JWnews


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In the first use known to Forum 18 News Service of the expanded and increased punishments for exercising rights to religious freedom in an Amending Law adopted at the same time as the harsh new Religion Law, a Baptist in eastern Kazakhstan has been fined what local people estimate to be a year and a half's average local wages.

Meanwhile, a Pentecostal church in Petropavl [Petropavlovsk] in North Kazakhstan Region has twice been raided by the police Department for the Fight against Extremism, Separatism and Terrorism and a local official of the Agency of Religious Affairs (ARA).

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December 8, 2011

KAZAKHSTAN: “The first phase of this work has been fully completed”.

The section of the July document on religion – seen by Forum 18 – attacked groups including the … Jehovah’s Witnesses,

“The first phase of this work has been fully completed”, State Secretary Kanat Saudabaev told a closed 27 October meeting in Kazakhstan’s capital Astana. He identified this “first phase” as including adopting new legislation including the harsh new Religion Law restricting freedom of religion or belief, strengthening the Agency of Religious Affairs (ARA), law enforcement agencies, “special services”, and other measures countering “religious extremism”.

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November 26, 2011

KAZAKHSTAN: New draft regulations outline official religious censorship.

The draft Regulations – seen by Forum 18 News Service – make no provisions for any challenges to ARA’s censorship decisions. They were presented to a closed 27 October meeting of about twenty senior government officials to devise plans for implementing that month’s harsh new Religion Law.

Later that year, the Justice Ministry’s then Committee for Religious Affairs (a predecessor of the ARA) produced an “expert study” alleging that the Jehovah’s Witness magazines ‘The Watchtower’ and ‘Awake’ “creates preconditions for the development of conflicts on inter-confessional grounds, for the aggravation of the religious and social-political situation in the society, [and] presents a potential threat for the security of the state”.

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November 24, 2011

KAZAKHSTAN: It’s like watching a bad movie.

In a move which several local religious communities described to Forum 18 as “strange”, the Internal Policy Department wrote in mid-November to all local communities asking them to observe the new Religion Law “and inform on a daily basis between 2 pm and 4 pm about measures undertaken by your religious association in the struggle with religious extremism to the telephone number 2351401. In association with this, in case of incidents of incitement of religious enmity and discord or calls for illegal acts by suspicious people, to report immediately on the given telephone number.”

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November 11, 2011

KAZAKHSTAN: Prison mosques, churches, and prayer rooms closed down.

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Jehovah’s Witnesses told Forum 18 that in recent years visits to prisoners who are studying the Bible and request such visits have become more difficult. “Sometimes our people weren’t allowed in, at other times they were allowed in, but the length of the visits was very short,” one Jehovah’s Witness told Forum 18 on 11 November. “Prisons would earlier make available a room for a private meeting, but that stopped in 2010.”

Although a few people write from prison requesting religious literature and contact, Jehovah’s Witnesses say they do not know what impact the new Law will have on how they will be able to respond to such requests.

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November 2, 2011

Kazakhstan: New Religion Law restricts religious freedom.

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There are over 17,000 Jehovah’s Witnesses in Kazakhstan and more than 7.5 million Witnesses around the world.

The new law will force all existing religious organizations to submit reregistration documents within one year and will require each organization to have at least 50 members. Without reregistration it will be illegal to publish, import or distribute religious literature within the country. Violations of the law will lead to severe fines and can result in the complete ban of an organization.

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October 23, 2011

Evangelicals in Belarus and Kazakhstan Detained, Beaten, Fined.

“Elsewhere, eight Jehovah’s Witness congregations languish without state registration. This leaves them at risk of raids and punishment at any time,” Forum 18 said.

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October 21, 2011

Kazakhstan: Human rights or not, which will it be ?

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Kazakhstan’s President Nursultan Nazarbaev signed two laws violating his country’s international human rights commitments the same day (11 October) the country applied for full membership of the Council of Europe’s Commission for Democracy through Law, or Venice Commission.

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October 20, 2011

KAZAKHSTAN: Laws enforced although not yet in force.

Jehovah’s Witnesses were stopped by police in Almaty on 18 October while they were sharing their beliefs with others on the street, and taken to be detained at Auezov District Police Station. The police said that this was because “there is a new law banning missionary activity on the street”, the Jehovah’s Witnesses told Forum 18 on 18 October. But, “when we took our registration documents to the police station and explained that the law has not entered into force, the police released our believers without opening a case”.

Duman Aukhadiyev, Deputy Chief of Auezov Police, told Forum 18 on 19 October that “we need to see what kind of literature people are passing out on the streets”. Asked why police are enforcing a law which is not in force, he said: “I cannot comment on that over the phone”.

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October 19, 2011

Astana, Kazakhstan. New laws on registering religion.

Only the Russian Orthodox Church and Kazakh Muslims are considered traditional and thus do not fall under the new restrictions. In order to survive at the national level and avoid penalties, non-indigenous groups must prove that they have 5,000 members.

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