2014-09-09 14:51:00

U.S. report on religious freedom in Uzbekistan biased - Tashkent

Tashkent, September 9, Interfax - The U.S. Department of State's report on religious freedom in Uzbekistan has been compiled by those who wish them ill, Uzbekistan's Committee for Religious Affairs said.

"As before, the U.S. Department of State's report on religious freedom in the world for 2013, published at the end of last month, provides information about the observance of human rights in Uzbekistan, including the rights of believers, on the basis of our ill-wishers' political considerations," the Committee said in a statement released in Tashkent on Tuesday.

"The same old patterns, of no relevance now, have been repeated again and again for many years. The report deliberately uses terms that can evoke a negative attitude to the whole of Uzbekistan in uninformed people," the statement says.

There are 2,237 religious organizations, representing 16 religions in Uzbekistan, the Committee said.