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Legal Developments and Human Rights

SOUTH KOREA

UN Human Rights Committee Urges South Korea to Recognize Conscientious Objection

The global community is watching the government’s response to the Committee’s call to fully implement the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

RUSSIA

Russian Customs Officials Seize Shipments of Bibles and Bible Literature

Authorities are blocking the importation of Bibles and publications published by Jehovah’s Witnesses. What is the impact on the Witnesses and other Russian citizens?

NAMIBIA

Namibia Supreme Court Upholds Patients’ Rights and Religious Freedom

A ruling in favor of Efigenia Semente, one of Jehovah’s Witnesses, protects basic human dignity and patient autonomy for all Namibians.

KYRGYZSTAN

Kyrgyzstan Court Upholds Acquittal of Two Women Convicted Under False Charges

The Osh Regional Court affirmed that Oksana Koriakina and Nadezhda Sergienko were not guilty and ordered their immediate release from house arrest.

AZERBAIJAN

Rashad Niftaliyev Fined and Jailed for Participation in Religious Meetings

This is the second time in 14 months that he has been punished, even though Azerbaijan has no law against meeting for worship.

RUSSIA

Taganrog City Court Convicts 16 of Jehovah’s Witnesses for Religious Activity

The decision opens the door to further religious persecution and criminal convictions of the Witnesses throughout Russia.

RUSSIA

Taganrog Court Punishes Witnesses for Religious Activity

All 16 defendants were convicted of extremist activity. A dangerous precedent is now set for authorities to criminalize the peaceful religious activity of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia.