Uzbek Persecution On The Rise, by Katey Hearth, Mission Network News
"Uzbekistan, one of 15 nations formerly belonging to the Soviet Union, is pretty heavy-handed when it comes to religion. Uzbek persecution puts the country at #15 on the Open Doors USA World Watch List–a ranking of 50 nations where the persecution of Christians is most severe. .."
“.'..Authorities are scared of any evangelical activity,” Rakhuba explains. “[The] evangelical Church is very limited, very much under pressure today, in their outreach activities...”
"...[Oltingul, an Uzbek SWW student's] investigation lasted three months, and she was found guilty of “missions and proselytism” when her case went to court. As a result, the SWW student was fined $1,500, more than any family earns in an entire year.
"According to Forum 18, officials often destroy the “illegal materials” confiscated from Christian homes before courts even reach a decision. In addition, “women…are often targeted by officials for pressure. This can include torture…including rape threats...'”