Uzbekistan’s new Religion Law, which was signed by President Shavkat Mirziyoyev (pictured) on 5 July, retains almost all the restrictions in the existing 1998 Religion Law
On Sunday 25 November, military and police officials raided a Tashkent Baptist church and detained fourteen members for interrogation.
Police raided a home in Pap, eastern Uzbekistan, on 19 November and detained eight Christians who had gathered for a meal and Bible reading.
Tohar Haydarov was released from prison on 8 November, having served six years and ten months of his ten-year sentence.
Police raided a house church meeting in Tashkent on 9 November and detained and tortured a group of Christians.
In two separate raids on 9 and 10 March, anti-terrorism police and other officials raided two homes and seized Christian literature.
A small Baptist church in Mubarek in south-eastern Uzbekistan was raided once again during Sunday worship on 24 March 2013. It has endured more than a decade of official harassment.
Uzbek police have raided the home of Valentina Pleshakova (53) and her daughter Natalya (26), who is disabled. They seized religious literature, beat Natalya and took the women to the police station. The Pleshakovas live in Tashkent, capital of Uzbekistan, and attend the Russian Orthodox cathedral.
The Uzbek Supreme Court has upheld the conviction of a Tashkent Baptist, Tohar Haydarov (28), who is serving a ten-year sentence in labour camp.
Pastor Dmitry Shestakov was released from prison on 21 January 2011, at the end of a four-year sentence for “religious activities”.