Religion in Uzbekistan
Over the space of many years, various religions existed in harmony and prospered on the territory of Central Asia. The religion regardless of one's nationality or race, has served a cultural basis that linked countries and continents.
The Constitution of the Republic of Uzbekistan, adopted in 1992, states: "Freedom of conscience is guaranteed for everybody. Everybody has the right to believe in any religion of his or her choice or have no religious faith. Religious conviction is not imposed on anybody against his or her own will". Religion is separated from state and all the religious organizations are equally regarded. The state has no right to interfere in the activities of religious organizations.
Since Uzbekistan gained its independence, the overall attitude towards religion has greatly changed. Within the framework of law, religious organizations have been granted free and open activity in the society.
Uzbekistan is a secular state, the religious way of life and thinking lives in harmony with that of secular in the country. The Law of the Republic of Uzbekistan "On freedom of faith and religious organizations" of 1998 secures the right of public to profess any religion individually or in group, observe religious customs and rites, offer a pilgrimage to holy sites. Most of the population of Uzbekistan follows Sunni Islam. Besides, there are representatives of more than 15 religious confessions in the country. They are Catholics, Protestants, Jews, and others. All of them act for the sake of prosperity of Homeland, consolidation of national independence, as well as promotion of political and social stability.