Saturday, April 05, 2014

UN Rapporteur On Religious Freedom Issues Preliminary Findings On Kazakhstan

Yesterday, Heiner Bielefeld, United Nations Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief issued his Preliminary Findings as he ended his eleven day visit to the Republic of Kazakhstan. (Press release).  His report emphasized the religious pluralism in Kazakhstan, and recommended an end to mandatory registration of religious communities.  He said in part:
Non-registered communities must be able to operate free from discrimination and free from fear of intimidation. Thresholds for registration at different levels (local, regional and national) should be defined in such a way that minorities can fully operate throughout the country. The requirement of registering missionary activities as well as the practice of licensing the import and distribution of religious literature should also be generally overhauled.