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


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