Date:                          October 3, 2023



Washington, DC – The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) today released the following new report:

Kyrgyzstan Country Update - This report provides an overview of the religious freedom landscape in Kyrgyzstan by outlining the laws and trends that impact religious communities’ ability to freely practice their beliefs. The government unduly restricts religious activities through various laws, policies, and actions that violate international human rights standards and has recently taken additional steps to further reduce religious freedom. The report summarizes Kyrgyzstan’s 2008 religion law and discusses its law on extremism, under which religious groups have been banned as “extremist” organizations and alleged members of these organizations targeted for their peaceful religious activities. The report also outlines issues pertinent to certain Christian groups, individuals prosecuted for their online religious activities, and the Jewish community in Bishkek.


The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) is an independent, bipartisan federal government entity established by the U.S. Congress to monitor, analyze, and report on religious freedom abroad. USCIRF makes foreign policy recommendations to the President, the Secretary of State, and Congress intended to deter religious persecution and promote freedom of religion and belief. To interview a commissioner, please contact USCIRF at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..