Kazakhstan: Court-ordered religious book burning a first?
In what may be the first such instance in Kazakhstan, a court has ordered religious literature to be destroyed. A total of 121 books confiscated from a Baptist, Vyacheslav Cherkasov, were ordered destroyed in the northern Akmola Region (Forum 18)
KAZAKHSTAN: Textbook "propagandises intolerance, so it should be banned for use in schools"
Ahmadi Muslims, Protestant Christians, Hare Krishna devotees and Jehovah's Witnesses criticised many aspects of the textbook. (Forum 18)
Religion classes to be compulsory in Kazakh schools
School courses on religion are a thorny issue in the former Soviet Union where atheism was a state ideology and many people oppose what they see as the growing influence of the clergy (Reuters)