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Uzbekistan

Ranked as the #15 country where Christians face the most persecution 

QUICK FACTS

Leader: President Islam Karimov
Government: Authoritarian republic

Population: 29.7 million (210,000 Christians)
Main Religion: Islam

Persecution Level: Severe
Source of persecution: Dictatorial paranoia/Islamic extremism

OVERVIEW OF UZBEKISTAN

UzbekistanThe regime of President Islam Karimov continues to restrict the freedom of religion, and Christian converts from a Muslim background are facing many problems from their family, friends and community. The fear of an influx of Islamic jihadists, the terrible human rights situation and the succession of President Karimov will remain important happenings. In the past year, the oppression of Christians has been constant. Frequently, houses of Christians are raided and books and other materials confiscated. Most often, the state monitors and heavily fines undue religious movements in order to control them.

PRAYER POINTS

  • For Uzbek Christians who are under constant scrutiny, especially in their homes
  • For strength for believers who are under pressure to betray their fellow Christians
  • Obtaining a Bible can be difficult for many Christians; pray that Christian materials and Bibles will get into their hands without consequences from the government

RESOURCES ON UZBEKISTAN

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