"KYRGYZSTAN: MOB GOES UNPUNISHED AS INTOLERANCE OF RELIGIOUS FREEDOM RISES
Intolerance of religious freedom - notably that of Christians - is growing among people in south Kyrgyzstan, Forum 18 News Service has found. Two months after a July mob attack on his home in a southern village, in which religious literature including Bibles were burnt, Protestant pastor Zulumbek Sarygulov has told Forum 18 he still fears for the lives of himself and his family. The police chief - three of whose officers witnessed the attack and took no action - denies a hospital report that Sarygulov suffered two broken fingers and was beaten up, as does Shamsybek Zakirov of the state Religious Affairs Committee. Zakirov and the local imam state that Pastor Sarygulov should leave his home and close the church 'so as not to provoke the situation'. Religion Law amendments are being drafted by a parliamentary deputy, Kamchybek Tashiev, who is hostile to religious freedom. Among proposed new restrictions will be an article punishing those who 'offend the feelings of citizens who belong to another religion'."