KAZAKHSTAN: Uzbek pastor imprisoned and facing deportation

Makset Djabbarbergenov (32), a former house church pastor from Uzbekistan, has been imprisoned in a Kazakh jail. He is awaiting a ruling on whether he will be returned to face charges in Uzbekistan, where he is wanted for “illegal” religious teaching and literature. Kazakhstan’s Supreme Court is considering whether to declare him a refugee, given that he faces persecution if he returns to Uzbekistan.