International Christian Concern (ICC)
Uzbekistan allows church, but only if it’s officially registered with the government. Raids of house churches and of private Christian gatherings have been increasing. The police say that they treat everyone equally, but the raids on Christians seem to happen more frequently. Regardless, however, of supposed equal treatment, the church is being forced underground.
By Joseph DeCaro
5/15/2012 Uzbekistan (Worthy News)-- Secret police officers and other officials raided the Sunday worship service of an unregistered ethnic Korean Baptist Church in the town of Chirchik in Tashkent Region on Feb. 5.
Police Inspector Otabek Alimov, Urtachirchik District and Nurmina Askarova, Chair of the local Mahalla Committee, were among the 10 officials who raided the 9 a.m. worship service; they confiscated a sound amplifier, microphone, keyboard, projector, hymnals, audio cassettes and DVDs.
The officials said that the confiscated items would be sent to the state Religious Affairs Committee for "expert analysis"; they then charged Pastor Vyacheslav Kim under Administrative Code Article 184-2: Illegal production, storage, or import into Uzbekistan with a purpose to distribute religious materials.
"We warned them many times that they should register with the state," Askarova told Forum 18. When asked why the Korean Baptists can't meet in private homes for worship, she said they should instead attend a registered church.'
Please remember our brothers and sisters in Uzbekistan, who are facing increasing persecution, in you prayers.
Further information: http://www.persecution.net/uzbekistan.htm