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10/40 Window Emergency Prayer Alert : Kyrgyzstan

Emergency Prayer Alert

Urgent prayer is needed for Kyrgyzstan after the country’s parliament unanimously passed legislation on Thursday, November 6, 2008, to strengthen government control over religious groups, a move critics have attacked as a breach of international human rights standards. Proselytism would be strongly curtailed in the impoverished, mostly Muslim Central Asian nation under the bill, which President Kurmanbek Bakiyev is expected to sign into law. Faith organizations will be obliged to disclose financial information to the authorities and the bill requires religious organizations to have a minimum of 200 members whose identities have been confirmed by local authorities. “This law makes it impossible for smaller churches to function legally,” Voice of the Martyrs CEO Glenn Penner said. “Even larger congregations will have difficulty getting 200 members to sign the necessary documents. History shows that these Believers have good reason to be nervous about registering their names with the government.”


Emergency Prayer Alert-Kyrgyzstan

Mostly Muslim Central Asian nation passes restrictive religion law
WIN PRAYER ALERT

flagUrgent prayer is needed for Kyrgyzstan after the country’s parliament unanimously passed legislation on Thursday, November 6, 2008, to strengthen government control over religious groups, a move critics have attacked as a breach of international human rights standards, the Associated Press (AP) reported.

Proselytism would be strongly curtailed in the impoverished, mostly Muslim Central Asian nation under the bill, which President Kurmanbek Bakiyev is expected to sign into law. Faith organizations will be obliged to disclose financial information to the authorities and the bill requires religious organizations to have a minimum of 200 members whose identities have been confirmed by local authorities.

The law includes a ban on private religious teaching at all levels of education—outlawing private religious schools. Zainidin Kurmanov, one of the lawmakers who proposed the bill, said the dissemination of religious literature in public places will also be prohibited, the according to the AP.

The measures are seen as a government attempt to quell concern about the influence of foreign Christian evangelical groups. Religious-freedom advocacy groups said the measures would violate Kyrgyz commitments on protecting human rights.

“Many provisions of this law flatly contradict international human rights standards that the government has freely signed up to,” said Felix Corley, editor of Norway-based Forum 18 News Service.

European Parliament members in late October 2008 signed a joint declaration with their Kyrgyz counterparts that stressed the need to respect freedom of conscience in spite of the increased risk of religious extremism.

The U.S. State Department said in a recent report that Kyrgyzstan has generally respected religious freedom, but that the government has harassed and refused to register some Christian churches.

“This law makes it impossible for smaller churches to function legally,” Voice of the Martyrs CEO Glenn Penner said. “Even larger congregations will have difficulty getting 200 members to sign the necessary documents. History shows that these Believers have good reason to be nervous about registering their names with the government.”

According to WINDOW INTERNATIONAL NETWORK’s Praying Through The Window 9 prayer calendar, the day of prayer for Kyrgyzstan is on day 7.

Pray for:

  • The bill to be rejected by President Kurmanbek Bakiyev.
  • No other bills will be written that will threaten religious freedom in this land.
  • God to give Christians in Kyrgyzstan strength and boldness (Acts 4:29-31). Pray for a strong Christian Church in Kyrgyzstan.
  • The salvation of President Bakiyev and other government leaders- especially Zainidin Kurmanov, and all of the lawmakers who proposed this anti-religious – freedom bill.
  • More Kyrgyz to learn the Truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and in turn share His Light many times over with their friends and families.
  • Revival to break out throughout the nation of Kyrgyzstan; with multiple thousands of new Believers coming to the LORD in the next 30 days, and for the new Believers to be properly discipled in the Faith.
  • The dark spiritual forces that hold Kyrgyzstan in darkness to be banished, and that Jesus will reign as King over this land.

Sourced: the Associated Press, Forum 18 News Service, Voice of the Martyrs


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