Kazakhstan amends legislation on religion
Minister of Religious Affairs and Civil Society Berik Aryn chaired a meeting at the premises of his department. The meeting discussed the bill On Amendments and Additions to Certain Legislative Acts of the Republic of Kazakhstan on religious activity and religious associations.
The meeting was attended by the leadership of the Spiritual Board of Muslims of Kazakhstan, Imams, representatives of the Uakhyp Foundation, the Research and Analytical Center on Religious Issues, and scholars of religious studies.
In his welcoming speech, Deputy Minister Berik Aryn stressed that legislation on religious activities and religious associations should establish legal norms that, on the one hand, guarantee and protect the rights of citizens, and on the other – minimize the possibility of using religion for extremist and other destructive purposes.
The head of the Department of Religious Expertise of the Committee for Religious Affairs, Balgabek Myrzayev, spoke about the main innovations. According to him, the bill proposes norms that will regulate the process of receiving spiritual education abroad, the participation of civil servants in religious activities, the prohibition of wearing clothing that impedes recognition of persons in public places, and religious marriage ceremonies.
In addition, the bill introduces a ban on wearing clothes associated with destructive ideological movements, on distributing and advertising their beliefs in media; the bill reinforces accountability for illegal involvement of minors in religious activities.
In their speeches, participants noted the importance and timeliness of the prepared amendments to the legislative acts on religious activities, which should serve as a basis for strengthening the secular principles of the state, forming a nation-wide system for countering the spread of the ideology of religious extremism.
Recall, the bill is posted on the official website of the Ministry of Religious Affairs and Civil Society of the Republic of Kazakhstan and on the e-Gov portal.
Source: Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan