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The Government of Kazakhstan considered the draft concept of state policy in the religious sphere for 2017-2020

02 May 2017, 10:45

Today, at a meeting chaired by the Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan Bakytzhan Sagintayev, the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan considered the draft of the concept of state policy in the religious sphere, developed on behalf of the Head of State for 2017-2020.

The Minister of Religious Affairs and Civil Society Affairs ,Nurlan Yermekbayev, reported that the document was prepared in accordance with the Message of the Head of State to the people "The Third Modernization of Kazakhstan: Global Competitiveness" and the program article "Course towards Future: Modernization of Public Consciousness."
The draft document concretizes the priorities of the state policy in this area.
Work is continuing to strengthen the secular principles of development. The document states that the secular state does not interfere in the internal affairs and canonical issues of religious associations. At the same time, the state should regulate and control the substantive and public activities of religious associations, demand compliance with the laws and interests of the state. The requirement to ensure transparency of financial and economic activity and preaching activity of religious associations is clearly indicated.

In addition, the concept refers to the formation of a nation-wide system to counteract extremist ideology and neutralize the destructive activity of certain trends that are covered by religious slogans. Complex work is envisaged in all spheres - education, culture, sports, mass media, healthcare, family and marriage institutions.

The implementation of the concept is intended to ensure the strengthening of stability and security in Kazakhstan in the context of new geopolitical realities, internal and external challenges. This work will be carried out through close cooperation of all interested state bodies with the involvement of officially registered religious associations and civil society.

As of April 20 of the current year, about 3,700 religious entities representing 18 faiths were registered in the country. 81% of the country's citizens consider themselves religious believers, 19% are atheists and agnostics. Only 14% of the believers are followers, and about 70% relate themselves to moderate (non-practicing) believers.