Kazakhstan passes restrictive religion law

New law, which authorities say is needed to curb extremism, bans prayer in state institutions.

    " />

    Nursultan Nazarbayev, Kazakhstan's president, has approved a new religious law which authorities say is intended to tackle extremism following a spate of violent incidents over the summer blamed on religious groups, including the country's first suicide bombing.

    The law forces all religious organisations to re-register and bans prayer in state institutions such as schools and prisons.

    But the Central Asian nation's chief imam believes restrictions on prayers will antagonise the Muslim-majority Kazakh public.

    Al Jazeera's Robin Forestier-Walker reports from Kazakhstan's western city of Aktobe.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    The woman who cleans up after 'lonely deaths' in Japan

    The woman who cleans up after 'lonely deaths' in Japan

    When somebody dies lonely and alone, Miyu Kojima steps in to clean their home and organise the mementos of their life.

    Putin and the 'triumph of Christianity' in Russia

    Putin and the 'triumph of Christianity' in Russia

    The rise of the Orthodox Church in Russia appears unstoppable, write filmmakers Glen Ellis and Viktoryia Kolchyna who went to investigate the close ties between the church and Putin.

    The chill effect: Is India's media running scared?

    The chill effect: Is India's media running scared?

    Much of India's media spurns a scoop about the son of PM Modi's right-hand man. Plus, NFL as platform for race politics.