Human Rights Issues in Eurasia / Правовые Вопросы В Регионах Евразии

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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