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.
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.
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.
The first President of Uzbekistan, Islam Karimov, has died after suffering a cerebral hemorrhage. The late 78 year-old led the country with an authoritarian grip for almost 25 years. Please join us to pray for Christians in Uzbekistan, since it is uncertain how this development will affect them.
Christian homes continue to be raided in an effort by the authorities to confiscate ‘illegal’ religious literature.