01 July 2014 Tuesday

On June 30th that the Islamic Renaissance Party of Tajikistan appealed to the authorities of the country to allow minors to attend mosques during the month of Ramadan, Interfax reported.

“If visiting mosques may harm school performance, we suggest the schoolchildren to attend them outside regular school hours,” the statement said.

Tajikistan adopted a new version of the law on religious associations in 2009 which prohibits anyone under the age of 18 to attend a mosque, in exception to funerals. In 2011 the law was changed slightly to – on responsibility of parents.

Human rights activists said that they violate the rights of religious persons, criticizing both laws. However, the authorities explained the necessity for prohibitions with the desire to protect children from the radical religious movements.

The party members believe, the ban on mosque attendance in spare time tramples the rights of the children.

Source: World Bulletin.

Link: http://www.worldbulletin.net/haber/139806/tajiks-urge-govt-to-remove-ban-on-children-attending-mosques.