From the NYT, a report on Kazakhstan’s new religious association law, which requires religious organizations in that country to dissolve and re-register with the government. Associations with less than 50 members will not be able to register locally; those with less than 500 members will not be allowed to register regionally. The new law also bans prayer in the workplace. Kazakhstan used to present itself as a model of religious tolerance, but recent Islamist-linked attacks in the country have apparently caused the government to crack down. The law is expected to have a serious impact on minority religious groups, such as Christians, many of which fail to meet the new membership requirements. — MLM

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