Government reviews the draft concept of State Policy in the religious sphere for 2017-2020
Today, the meeting chaired by Prime Minister Bakytzhan Sagintayev reviewed draft concept of State Policy in the religious sphere, developed on behalf of the Head of State for 2017-2020.
Minister of Religious Affairs and Civil Society Nurlan Yermekbayev reported that the document is prepared in accordance with the Presidential Address Third Modernization of Kazakhstan: Global Competitiveness and the program article Outlook on the Future: Modernizing Public Consciousness.
The draft document concretizes the priorities of the state policy in this area. Work is continuing on strengthening the secular principles of development. The document reads that the secular state does not interfere in the internal affairs and canonical issues of religious associations. At the same time, the State should regulate and control the substantive and public activities of religious associations, demand compliance with the laws and interests of the State. The requirement to ensure transparency of financial and economic activity and ministry of religious associations is clearly indicated.
In addition, the concept refers to forming a nation-wide system to counteract extremist ideology and neutralize the destructive activity of certain trends hiding behind religious slogans. Complex work is envisaged in all spheres � education, culture, sports, mass media, healthcare, family and marriage institutions.
Implementation of this concept intends to ensure the strengthening of stability and security in Kazakhstan in the context of new geopolitical realities, internal and external challenges. This work will be carried out through close cooperation of all concerned state bodies with the involvement of officially registered religious associations and civil society.
As of April 20 of the current year, about 3700 religious entities representing 18 faiths are registered in the country. 81% of the country’s citizens identify as religious, 19% are atheists and agnostics. Of the religious, only 14% identify as practicing believers, and about 70% identify as moderate (non-practicing) believers.
Source: Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan