5,587,443 (July 2011 est.)
Kyrgyz (64.9), Uzbek (13.8), Russian (12.5), Dungan (1.1), Other (7.7)
Muslim (88.73), Non-religious (5.30), Christian (5.27), Other (0.7)
President Roza Otunbaeva
Based on French and Russian laws
Statistics provided by CIA World Factbook and Operation World.
Kyrgyzstan has remained secular despite some pressure from Muslim and Orthodox groups for exclusive status. There has been a steady increase in restrictions on, and government scrutiny of, all religious practice, particularly since July 2007. Registration is commonly denied to churches, and expatriate work permits are limited. The government perceives extremist Islamic movements to be a threat, and a 2005 law against extremism was passed, as well as a new law on religious activity in January 2009. There is some hope that the religious laws may change under the new government, as they have restored much freedom of the press, but there are not yet any changes to the religious law.
- Pray for believers to stand firm and demonstrate the power and love of Christ.Pray for a just and righteous government that will oversee the genuine transformation of the Kyrgyz nation.
- Pray that religious freedom will be respected under the rule of law and Christians no longer subject to harassment.
Persecution News - KyrgyzstanParliament considers tighter censorship
(July 12, 2012)
Update: Restrictive religion law passed
(January 14, 2009)
Restrictive religion law passes parliament in Kyrgyzstan
(November 12, 2008)
Church Planter and Son Beaten in Kyrgyzstan
(August 16, 2006)
Church Faces Huge Tax Burden
(August 27, 2003)