"Throughout 2012, government officials took one step after another, trying to keep extremist ideology from spreading throughout Kyrgyzstan. Now, it appears they're moving beyond censorship to punishment. According to Forum 18 News, officials are trying to get more activities to be considered as "violations" of the nation's Religion Law.
"Forum 18 says the proposed administrative code is much longer than the current one, Article 395. This article punishes youth ministry and the refusal by church leadership to register with the government.
"Article 395 would expand dramatically if the new amendments are passed.
"Sharing the Gospel openly or trying to lead kids to Christ would result in fines. Activities like praying outside the walls of a registered church building, teaching Christianity without personal registration, and conducting unregistered religious activity would be regarded as "violations" of the Religion Law.
"Missionaries to Kyrgyzstan and missionary groups would also be subject to legal heat.
" "Any religious activity without state registration by foreign organizations and individuals," reports Forum 18, "would be punished by fines…deportation…and a ban on the activity of the organizations, including local branches."
"Multiple religious groups expressed concern about the new amendments, a source told Forum 18."
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