Tuesday, April 29, 2014

No non-Muslims in Muslim cemeteries

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Under pressure from imams, Christians cannot be buried in state-owned cemeteries

In recent weeks, three cases have raised the issue of religious freedom in the Asian country. Muslim religious leaders have banned burials because non-Muslims "cannot be buried with Muslims." The authorities have ignored protests of relatives, who say that Uzbekistan is a secular state.

Tashkent (AsiaNews/Forum18) - With the support of local authorities, some Uzbek imams have denied the families of non-Muslims the right to bury their loved ones in state-owned cemeteries.

Three cases involving Protestants have been reported in recent weeks, raising questions about religious freedom in Uzbekistan, this according to the Forum 18, a news service that documents violations of religious freedom in Central Asia.

The three people involved are all former Muslims who converted to Protestant Christianity. In each case, their families were not allowed to bury them alongside other relatives.

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