Recognition of religion or belief in Kazakhstan
According to the standards set out in the SRR, conditions for RoRB in the Republic of Kazakhstan are classified censorious.
Recognition and registration are amalgamated rather than ideally differentiated; the vague degree of recognition bestowed to “traditional” religions is essentially unobtainable for any other group; the procedures put in place for registration with the government primarily resemble legal registration in recognitionist theory; although in reality this registered status provides little freedom, the retributions for unregistration include fines and the disbanding of groups.
A vertical recognition system is in effect which designates groups according to a hierarchical national, regional and local levels which groups are not permitted to extend their activities outside of if not approved by government.
Religious activity is limited to what the government sees as “traditional religions” yet these religions themselves haven’t true freedom in their activities.
Practically all aspects of religious activity must be registered with the government or else the government interprets this as unregistration.
The government’s practice of vetting religious literature prior to distribution is demonstrative of the country’s censoriality.
The rule of mandatory registration violates the Bielefeldt provision.
Dismantle the entire system that misuses recognition as a means to restrict religious activity.
This dismantlement must take place before any further efforts can be made.
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