Human Rights Issues in Eurasia / Правовые Вопросы В Регионах Евразии

Archive for September 4th, 2011

Kazakhstan: 18 Persons Arrested For Allegedly Preparation Of Terrorist Acts

Posted by Info on 04/09/2011

“Parliament has to consider adopting a law on religious activity,”president Mr Nazarbayev said during a session of parliament.
<em>”We are not talking about banning the freedom of conscience. We are talking about protecting the state from religious extremism.”
He is concerned about foreigners moving into the country to set up Mosques.“Whoever wants may come here, whoever wants may open a mosque and name it after his father. But nobody knows what these mosques are really doing and no one has approved. As a state, we should put our house in order.

In May a suicide bomber attacked a security services. This was perhaps Kazakhstan’s first suicide bomb but although the authorities blamed militant Islamists for the attack they described it as an isolated incident and carefully avoided talk of terrorism.
This week 18 people were arrested and accused of plotting terrorist attacks.
Around 70 percent of Kazakhstan’s 16.5 million people are Muslims although most do not follow strict Islamic doctrine.

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Russia Accused OSCE Of Double Standard In Post- Soviet Countries

Posted by Info on 04/09/2011

President Dmitry Medvedev accused the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe of using double standards and attempting to influence the internal affairs of some ex-Soviet nations.

The OSCE, the world’s largest security body with 56 member states from Europe, Central Asia and North America, has issued scathing reports about general elections in Russia and some of its ex-Soviet cousins, often rating them neither free nor fair.

Russia holds a parliamentary election in December and a presidential election follows next March at which either Putin or Medvedev is likely to be the leading candidate.

Medvedev rapped the OSCE’s Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights for sending “huge delegations” to monitor elections. “Let’s call a spade a spade — this approach is often based on double standards.”
“Naturally, all of us are striving for free and democratic elections, but this does not mean open access for any external force that could try to shape the internal situation in our states from abroad.”

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