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Uzbekistan has enacted a "Prevention Law" aimed at prohibiting the practice of religion without state permission. This law empowers state bodies, committees and district councils to enforce religion laws. It also requires them to report those they suspect might be guilty of religious crimes, such as "teaching" religion or storing religious materials without permission.

Persecution against Protestant believers has escalated as police raids, administrative detentions and massive fines are issued for merely sharing one's faith or possessing Christian materials. Police brutality and torture are endemic. For example, on May 8th, Murot Turdiyev was beaten and then strangled by police until he lost consciousness. Another believer, Guljahon Kuzebayeva, who merely shared her faith with family members, is so afraid that she's been in hiding since the police raided her home about 12 months ago.

While Uzbekistan is a secular state, religion is tightly controlled. Christians represent a mere 0.75 percent of the majority Muslim population. Following global trends, Uzbekistan's Muslims are also being radicalized. Unfortunately, as radicalization advances, so does the intolerance of Christianity. More examples of this can be found here.

Pray that the Lord will minister strength, encouragement and healing to Murot, Guljahon and others who have been directly affected by the harsh actions of the government. Ask Him to give Uzbekistan's Christians, especially pastors and evangelists, great wisdom as they seek to navigate and provide spiritual leadership among an increasingly hostile and difficult environment. Also pray for overall church unity, so that the country's believers will be a blessing and strength to each other through these trying times.

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Country Information

Population
30,842,796 (July 2021 est.)

Ethnicity (%)
Uzbek (83.8), Tajik (4.8), Kazakh (2.5), Russian (2.3) Karakalpak (2.2), Tatar (1.5), other (4.4)

Religion (%)
Islam (88), Eastern Orthodox (9), other (3)

Leader
President Shavkat Mirziyoyev (2016)

Government type
Presidential republic; highly authoritarian

Legal system
Civil law system

Source: CIA World Factbook

Pray for Uzbekistan

Thank you for praying on behalf of our brothers and sisters in Uzbekistan who are undergoing severe mistreatment by those governing over them. Ask the Lord to remind these persevering believers that they are truly His beloved children. As their Heavenly Father, He is the One who governs their souls and eternal destiny. May they have a heightened awareness of His abiding presence, everlasting love, help in times of trouble – and whatever else they specifically need – as conveyed through the infallible promises of His powerful Word.

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Uzbekistan News

  • Christian Fined for Distributing Magazines
    Magazines

    This past Christmas, a neighbourhood celebration in Uzbekistan was hosted by Tatyana Akhmadiyeva, a member of a local Baptist church. At the event, she offered Christian magazines to 15 of her neighbours. Local authorities received a report about the distribution and summoned Tatyana for questioning

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  • Registration Applications Denied
    Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tashkent - Photo: Wikimedia Commons https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Evangelical_Lutheran_Church_in_Tashkent_15-12.JPG Bobyrr, CC BY-SA 4.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0, via Wikimedia Commons
    A Lutheran church in
    Tashkent, Uzbekistan.
    Photo: Wikipedia / Bobyrr (cc)

    Although religious communities in Uzbekistan would like to obtain official permission (to exist), as required by the state, all their applications have been blocked. Protestant churches, Shia Muslim communities, along with gr

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  • Obstacles to Registration
    Prayer in the desert
    Join Uzbek believers in prayer as they seek the Lord for wisdom in these cases.

    A small number of religious communities in Uzbekistan received their registration in late 2019. However, many others are encountering major obstacles in their attempts to obtain registration, which would allow them to fun

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  • Woman Killed for Her Faith
    Tashkent, Uzbekistan - Photo: Wikipedia / Atilin
    Tashkent, Uzbekistan
    Photo: Wikipedia / Atilin (c)

    A Christian mother in Uzbekistan was killed by her husband on February 9th because she had recently accepted Christ. The attack happened at the Tashkent airport as she was attempting to flee the country.

    Problems for "Umida" (not her real name) beg

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