Human Rights Issues in Eurasia / Правовые Вопросы В Регионах Евразии

Uzbeks Convicted Of Extremism+ Steps To Combat Extremism In Kazakhstan

Posted by Info on 31/12/2010

An Uzbek court has sentenced a number of people to prison terms of three to 13 years for extremism.

The convicted Dzhikhadisty members had returned from Russia. The court convicted them of circulating extremist literature in Russia and Uzbekistan. One of their leaders, Shakhobiddin Shomirzayev of Bekabad, received a 13 year sentence.

In Kazakhstan the local officials and analysts are worried that extremist elements might attempt to infiltrate Kazakhstan from Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan.
While law enforcement is building up security along the border and maintaining law and order in the cities and villages, the akimat( the regional government) is financing anti-terrorist propaganda and other related projects as high-school lectures and discussions of the “evil nature of religious extremism”, with relevant articles published in the local media and with educational literature issued for schoolteachers. As there are minors who had problems with the law and therefor were sent to a summer camp for the holidays, to keep them from falling into the hands of extremists.

Another regional-financed project was the opening of a hotline for victims of “pseudo”-religions. Over the four months of the line’s operation, it has fielded 47 calls: 15 requests for information, 29 complaints, and 3 protests from women unwilling to wear the hijab. Hotlines for victims of extremism are relatively new for Kazakhstan.
“Most often we have calls from victims’ parents and other close relatives saying that the “victims” are their children and teenagers who have been persuaded – in a mosque or on the street – to join religious extremists.

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