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Kazakhstan eyes fining for insult to the feelings of non-believers too.

The Ministry of Religious Affairs of Kazakhstan intends to impose fine for insulting the feelings of believers and non-believers.

During the meeting of the working group on the draft bill on February 6, the lawmakers agreed that this amendment is necessary.

The current law defines administrative and criminal responsibility for insulting the feelings of belivers, however nothing is said about the feelings of non-believers.

The bill proposes to introduce fines for hurting feelings of believers and non-believers in the amount of 120,000 tenge ($370) for private individuals, and 481,000 tenge ($1,483) for legal entities.

According to Deputy Minister for Religious Affairs Berik Aryn, this proposal arose during discussions with other religious communities, and "is about the feelings and dignity of people in general, regardless of their religious affiliation."

"Religion is a personal right and choice of a citizen, no one can insult and humiliate them based on affiliation," said Berik Aryn.

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Date:Feb 7, 2018
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