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Why Do the Zoroastrians in Tajikistan Hide Their Religious Identity?

cabar.asia 07.08.19

The religious tolerance level in Tajikistan has recently decreased, as experts insist. According to them, the arising conflicts with the followers of Zoroastrianism are the example of this trend. (more…)

Kazakhstan: Life of Non-traditional Religions

cabar.asia 06.08.19

In 2018, 20 people in Kazakhstan were sentenced to prison terms for peaceful expression of religious views, according to the international religious freedom report. According to it, Baptists, Seventh Day Adventists and Jehovah’s Witnesses were persecuted among Christian groups. (more…)

Return of Kyrgyz Nationals from Syria and Iraq: A Problem We Cannot Ignore

cabar.asia 13.07.19

Experts say about the need to develop multilateral approach to repatriation of the Kyrgyzstanis from Iraq and Syria. According to Kylym Shamy human rights centre, four Kyrgyzstani women and 11 minor children are incarcerated in a Baghdad prison. According to the head of the organisation, Aziza Abdirasulova, these are the people they know about. Moreover, 46 families whose relatives have departed to war zones in the Middle East have applied to human rights defenders. Besides, 12 people with children whose relatives have not been identified so far are located in Syria.

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Fourteen Tajik Prisoners Dead: Mother of the Deceased Does Not Believe in Authorities’ Explanation 

cabar.asia 09.07.19

Fourteen Tajik prisoners died when transported from Sughd region to southern Tajikistan.
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Khatlon Clerics’ Competition: Healthcare Centers, Schools, Lenin Monument

cabar.asia 05.07.19

In Khatlon region on the south of Tajikistan, the clergy, apparently while competing with each other, are improving public spaces in cities and districts.

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Uzbekistan Prepares Second Operation to Return its Citizens Back from Syria

The first group of the returned – women and children – are being examined and treated in health resorts and medical facilities of the republic.
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“Hope” for Kyrgyzstani Women in Crisis

A crisis centre for pregnant women has been opened in the Russian Orthodox church in Bishkek.

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“Listen closely to the one who is near.” IWPR Conducted Training for Religious Women Leaders of Kyrgyzstan

IWPR is working on the comprehensive development of religious women leaders and finding new ways of unification as part of the “Stability in Central Asia through Open Dialogue” project.

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The life of a “Russian Muslim”

The majority of population in Kyrgyzstan professes the Hanafite school of Sunni Islam. Alexander has been practicing Islam for 15 years and is raising his son according to Islamic traditions.

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Orthodoxy in Jalal-Abad: Stronger Belief, Harder Life

There is no exact data available on the emergence of Orthodoxy in southern Kyrgyzstan. However, according to Ekaterina Ozmitel, doctor of historical sciences, a small Orthodox community in Jalal-Abad region first appeared in the 1930s.  It gave shelter to priests, nuns and believers from Russia and Kazakhstan, who were persecuted by the Soviet government.
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