Christians face persecution from the state through the police, secret services and local authorities monitoring religious activities by various means (bugging homes, tapping phones, infiltrating groups etc.) and attending church services. Christians in unregistered churches suffer repeatedly from police raids, threats, arrests and fines.
In one example of the dozens of Christians who were arrested last year, on 24 May 2018 Nabijon Bolikulov was jailed in Karshi for five days for meeting for worship without state permission. The judge told him, "Do your prayers at home. It is against the law of our state to meet for worship without state registration."
The Islamic culture in Uzbekistan means believers from Muslim backgrounds bear the brunt of the persecution; they experience pressure and occasionally physical violence from their families and communities to force them to return to their former faith.
Despite all this, the number of Uzbek believers is growing. Some of the Uzbek Christians have developed a vision to reach out to the Uzbek people in Afghanistan and Turkmenistan and are active in those areas too. Many of the Uzbek Christians have faced opposition from the moment they left Islam, but persevere in their faith in spite of their hardships.
Russian Orthodox churches experience the least problems from the government, because they do not usually attempt to make contact with the Uzbek population.
It is the indigenous Christians with a Muslim background who are bearing the brunt of persecution, both at the hands of the state and from family, friends and community. Where churches have not been registered, Christians suffer repeatedly from police raids, threats, arrests and fines.
The WWL 2020 score is a 1 point decrease in comparison to WWL 2019. Although the score is lower than last year, the situation for Christians in Uzbekistan remains serious with extreme levels of pressure in the private, Community and Church spheres of life. It is still too early to judge whether there has been a change in policy under President Mirziyoyev.
Open Doors provides immediate aid to Central Asian believers when they are placed in prison, excluded them from families and communities, and deprived of livelihood and employment because of their faith in Christ.
We also strengthen the persecuted church in Central Asia primarily through:
Father God, please make the eyes of the authorities in Uzbekistan blind to the activities of your church. Please protect your people, and give them courage and strength. Where believers from Muslim backgrounds have been rejected by their families, may they find a new family in the church.
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Leder: President Shavkat Mirziyoyev
Befolkning: 32,8 mill.
Kristne: ca 350.000
Regjeringsform: Autoritær republikk
Siste år: 17
Siste år: 74/100
Usbekistan 23. august 2019
Som kirkeleder i Usbekistan, møter pastor Oleg mange utfordringer. Over 95 % av befolkningen er muslimer, og kristne blir sett på som etterfølgere av en utenlandsk sekt med mål å ødelegge det nåværende politiske systemet. Ingen andre religiøse aktiviteter foruten statsdrevne og statskontrollerte organisasjoner er tillatt i Usbekistan, og uregistrerte kirker blir utsatt for politirazziaer, arrestasjoner og bøter. Personer med muslimsk bakgrunn, som bestemmer seg for å følge Jesus, anses som forrædere. De fleste av pastor Olegs menighetsmedlemmer har muslimsk bakgrunn.
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