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Legal Developments and Human Rights

More Witnesses Imprisoned After Aggressive Home Raids in Russia

Russian authorities have stepped up their campaign of terror against the Witnesses, arresting and imprisoning them for practicing their faith.

More Witnesses Imprisoned After Aggressive Home Raids in Russia

Russian authorities have stepped up their campaign of terror against the Witnesses, arresting and imprisoning them for practicing their faith.

Jehovah’s Witnesses Imprisoned for Their Faith​—By Location

Locations where Jehovah’s Witnesses are put in prison, sometimes under harsh conditions, for practicing their faith and exercising basic human rights.

RUSSIA

Another One of Jehovah’s Witnesses on Trial in Russia on Charges of Extremist Activity

Arkadya Akopyan, a 70-year-old retired tailor and a Witness, is an innocent, law-abiding citizen who merely wants to worship God in peace.

RUSSIA

Oryol Court Hears First Testimony in Trial of Dennis Christensen

Dennis Christensen has been in pretrial detention since May 2017. He could face a prison term of six to ten years simply for practicing his faith.

RUSSIA

Campaign of Terror Begins for Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia

Now that Russian authorities have liquidated the legal entities of Jehovah’s Witnesses, they are turning their attack on the Witnesses and their worship.

ERITREA

Two Elderly Witnesses Die in Eritrean Prison

Habtemichael Tesfamariam and Habtemichael Mekonen died in the Mai Serwa Prison in early 2018. Both were unjustly imprisoned for their faith and suffered through nearly a decade of inhumane prison conditions and mistreatment.

KAZAKHSTAN

Teymur Akhmedov Released by Presidential Pardon

Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev pardoned Teymur Akhmedov who had been imprisoned for over a year for sharing his religious beliefs with others. The pardon cleared his criminal record.

TURKMENISTAN

Turkmenistan Ignores the Right to Freedom of Conscience

Two Witnesses were sentenced to one-year prison terms for refusing military service. The government still does not recognize the fundamental right of conscientious objection and offers no alternative to military service.