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Lake Balkhash

KAZAKHSTAN Aral Sea

Nukus

UZBEKISTAN

Tashkent

KYRGYZSTAN

Bukhara Samarkand TURKMENISTAN

Karshi TAJIKISTAN

CHINA

Caspian Sea

IRAN

AFGHANISTAN

PAKISTAN

Focus on Uzbekistan Population: 28 million Majority Religion: Islam (85%) Christian population: 208,000 Persecution Category: Severe Uzbekistan is 90% desert and mountain, with fertile valleys in the east, where the capital Tashkent is located. The Silk Road runs through the country including the famed historic cities of Samarkand and Bukhara. Uzbekistan is one of the world’s biggest producers of cotton.

INDIA

The state violates many human rights and restricts freedoms of religion, speech, press and assembly. Torture is routine and corruption is widespread. Religion is very tightly controlled by the state: any independent religious activity is seen as a threat to state control of society, and sharing beliefs of any kind is a crime. Ethnic Uzbeks who leave Islam for Christianity often experience hostility from family and community, including ostracism or beatings. The Uzbek Bible Society is permitted, but it is heavily restricted and Bibles may not be sold through any other outlets. Most Christians in Uzbekistan are of Russian ethnicity and attend Russian Orthodox churches. State permission is compulsory for religious communities, but only some have been allowed to • UZBEK CHRISTIANS exist (Muslim groups, Jews, Russian Orthodox and some Protestants). Registration difficulties – Meeting in open air including refusal and delays – have led to the growth of the house church movement. Photo: Persecution.tv Unregistered religious activity is illegal and Uzbek police and security forces raid unregistered, and sometimes registered, religious groups and detain members for “illegal” activities such as teaching religion, possessing unapproved religious literature, discussing their faith or singing religious songs. Detention and arrest is often followed by beating and torture. Christians in Uzbekistan also experience harassment, property seizure, dismissal from jobs and huge fines for illegal religious activities.

Church in Chains in Action

Church in Chains has campaigned on behalf of imprisoned Christians across central Asia. In association with trusted partners, it has supported the provision of Uzbek New Testaments and a “safe house” for Christian ministry in the region.

Central Asia

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Church in Chains Global Guide  

The Church in Chains Global Guide lists 60 countries where Christians face persecution because of their faith. The Global Guide divides the...

Church in Chains Global Guide  

The Church in Chains Global Guide lists 60 countries where Christians face persecution because of their faith. The Global Guide divides the...

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