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UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion to study situation in Kazakhstan

Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief Heiner Bielefeldt is paying his first visit to Kazakhstan.

He will meet with government members, religious groups and public organizations in Astana, Alma-Ata and Karaganda on March 25 – April 5, the Office of the UN Human Rights Commissioner reported.

“I would like to understand better how Kazakhstan manages religious diversity based on equal respect for everyone’s religious or non-religious convictions, and implements its international human rights obligations,” a press release quoted Bielefeldt as saying.

“I will look into the registration requirements for religious communities, issues of religious education within and outside of schools, consequences of security legislation on the full enjoyment of freedom of religion or belief for everyone, including members of religious minorities,” the Special Rapporteur explained.

Following his visit, the Special Rapporteur will present a report containing his conclusions and recommendations to the UN Human Rights Council in March 2015.