Kazakhstan to ban prayer rooms at state agencies, schools

September 9. Interfax-Kazakhstan. Astana

Kazakhstan to ban prayer rooms at state agencies, schoolsWhen the new bill regulating religious activity is adopted, prayer rooms at government agencies and educational institutions in Kazakhstan will be banned, said Kairat Lama Sharif, head of the State Agency for Religious Affairs.

“There will be no more prayer rooms at government agencies, educational institutions, hospitals and army bases,” Lama Sharif told journalists in Astana on Thursday.

This rule is laid down in the bill, “On the religious activity and religious organizations,” he added.

The violation of this rule will entail a fine, he said.

At the same time, prayer rooms will remain in public places – airports and train stations, the official said.

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Kazakhstani law will not ban hijabs – official

September 9. Interfax-Kazakhstan. Astana

While Kazakhstan will not impose a legislative ban on the wearing of a hijab, it does plan to conduct a public awareness campaign, said Kairat Lama Sharif, head of the State Agency for Religious Affairs.

“Prime Minister Karim Masimov has already said that there will be no special law regarding hijabs. We too hold the same opinion,” Lama Sharif told journalists in Astana on Thursday.

“As regards the hijab, an awareness campaign must be carried out to explain that a hijab is not a Kazakh garment,” he said.

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