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UZBEKISTAN: Christians Fined for Illegally Using Religious Literature

In two separate cases on the same day in August in Samarkand and Kashkadarya, fines on 20 religious believers for “illegal religious literature” totalled the equivalent of nearly 68 years’ official minimum wage.

In the Samarkand case, the judge ordered the confiscated literature – including the New Testament and the Pentateuch – destroyed.

Begzod Kadyrov, Chief Specialist of the government’s Religious Affairs Committee, insisted to Forum 18, “Those are court decisions and the courts are independent from us.” Asked why such penalties are handed down, and why individuals cannot carry their religious books with them, Kadyrov responded, “According to the Religion Law, religious books are only allowed to be read within registered religious communities’ buildings.”

Source: Forum 18 News Service

‘ Please pray Christians in Uzbekistan will not be discouraged but will continue to treasure the Word of God. ‘ Pray the Lord will grow His church in number and faithfulness in spite of man’s attempt to suppress it. ‘ Pray the Lord will uphold and strengthen the faith of Christians involved in this case.

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