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Uzbekistan

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About Uzbekistan

  • Leader:President Islam Karimov
  • Government:Authoritarian republic
  • Population:30.9 million (210,000 Christians)
  • Main Religion:Islam
  • Persecution Level:Severe
  • Source of Persecution:Dictatorial paranoia/Islamic extremism

Uzbekistan has one of the harshest dictatorships in Central Asia. The regime will do everything possible to stay in power – all forms of opposition and deviations from the norm will be ruthlessly attacked. Christianity is regarded as an alien and destabilizing factor. On top of this, Christian converts from a Muslim background (Muslim Background Believers, MBBs) experience additional pressure from their social and cultural environment.

Recent News from Uzbekistan

Dec 8 2016

Uncertain Future For Uzebekistan

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Open Doors recently asked a few believers from Uzbekistan how they see things playing out in their country now that long-term president Islam Karimov has passed.

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Dec 8 2016

Shunned For His Faith

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As he placed the last book on the shelf, Ravshan began to panic. Were the books in the same order he had found them in? He frantically tried to calculate the odds that his family would find the Bible hidden at the back. "Being discovered isn't an option," he reminded himself...

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Oct 6 2016

Christians in Uzbekistan Punished for Having Religious Literature in Homes

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In recent months, a number of Christians have faced harassment, criminal sentences, and fines for having Christian literature in their homes, increasing the challenge of spreading the gospel.

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Sep 22 2016

Keep Praying for Uzbekistan

Found in Stories

During a recent Open Doors Facebook Live event, we discussed the passing of Uzbekistan’s president, Islam Karimov. After his passing in early September, he was buried in the historic cemetery, Shahi Zinda, located in Samarkand, Uzbekistan.

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Prayer Points for Uzbekistan

  • Pray for Baptists, Evangelicals and Pentecostals who are threatened, raided, fined and arrested.
  • Pray for new believers placed under house arrest by their Muslim families to make them recant.
  • Pray that Christian women forced to marry against their wills would trust in God’s provision.

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