Friday, July 6, 2007

Tadzjikistan discriminates non-Muslims

AsiaNews reports that the Tadzjikistan parliament considers forbidding religious education for children below the age of 7 years. But there's a catch: the measure only applies to religious minorities with less than 400 members per district. As Tadzjikistan is Islamic, the measure is clearly intended to suppress non-Islamic religions. 22 Religious minorities have appealed to the Tadzjikan president.

Should the proposal become law, not only 400 members per district will be required, but also 800 in a city, and 1200 in the capital Dushanbe. It would also require that every member is registered with full personal details. The old law recognized religious minorities as small as 10 members.

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