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Turkmenistan Refuses Registration of Bible Society
08 Apr 2000 02:13:09
April 8, 2000
Adventist Press Service (APD)
Christian B. Schaeffler, Editor-in-chief
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Turkmenistan Refuses Registration of local Bible Society
Ashgabad, Turkmenistan. Despite meeting all
the legal requirements, the application submitted
by representatives of four church organisations to
register a local Bible Society has been refused by
the government of Turkmenistan, reports Compass
Direct. The rejected application was a
collaborative effort by members of Baptist,
Greater Grace, Pentecostal and Seventh-day
Adventist Churches, confirmed a representative of
the UK-based United Bible Society.
Turkmenistan is the only country of the former
Soviet Union not to have an officially-recognised
Bible Society, and it has recently demonstrated
severe religious intolerance.
Harassment of Baptist and Adventist pastors
continues, an Adventist church and Hare Krishna
temple were destroyed, and three Baptist pastors
and their families were forcibly deported from the
country earlier this month.
Although Bibles produced in the Turkmen language
have been available in the country for some time,
an Adventist pastor travelling from Tashkent in
Uzbekistan to Ashgabat in Turkmenistan in October
of 1998 had 1,300 Russian Bibles and other
material confiscated by Turkmen officials. The
Bible Society of Uzbekistan is still trying to
recover the confiscated scriptures.
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