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Kazakhstan Chapter - 2017 Annual Report

Kazakhstan Chapter - 2017 Annual Report
Kazakh Translation
Russian Translation

Key Findings

Although the Kazakh government promotes religious freedom for “traditional” religious communities at the international level, domestic conditions for freedom of religion or belief and other civil liberties deteriorated in 2016, with officials’ heightened fears of public disorder leading to new restrictions on religion. The country’s restrictive 2011 religion law bans unregistered religious activity and is enforced through police raids, detentions, fines, and the closing of religious institutions. Increasingly, terrorism and religious extremism laws with multiyear prison sentences are deployed against religious nonconformity and political opposition, blurring the line between violent extremism and peaceful dissent. Based on these concerns, USCIRF again places Kazakhstan on its Tier 2 in 2017, where it has been since 2013.