According to NGO Forum 18, convictions are used to “intimidate individuals” who use their religious freedom. Sentences include fines of two months of average wage and bans on religious activity.
Kazakh believers have formed their own association called Kurultay to foster and bring unity to all of the Kazakh evangelical churches and expand the Kingdom of God.
The Central Asian Consultation has become a colorful gathering of Christians from literally all ethnic groups. Uzbek mix with Karakalpak, Kazakh, Kyrgyz, Tadzhik, Azeri, Turkmen, Tatar and others.
For numerous Protestant churches, gospel content through radio may well be one of the few reliable sources of responding to questions and nurturing local believers.
The government said over 8,000 people have been detained. The President refused to negotiate a peaceful solution of the crisis.
Gatherings of more than 8 to 10 people are dangerous. Nevertheless, they see their church growing. “Even if they can’t have [Christian] literature anymore, they still have the broadcasts. Some use the content of these spiritual programs for their small group services”.
The World Evangelical Alliance Advocacy Officer Albert Hengelaar defended the rights of the religious minorities to live their faith without restrictions.
Six countries sign an agreement to create the “Coalition for Happiness”. Among its members, there are countries where Christians are increasingly persecuted: the United Arab Emirates, Mexico and Kazakhstan.
Prime Minister could soon sign a law that bans evangelism and religious materials of unregistered groups. Protestants in several European countries send letters to embassies demanding religious freedom.
A letter to the embassador in Rome was delivered.