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Legal Developments and Human Rights


Hundreds of Korean Witnesses File Complaints With UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention

International and domestic pressure continues to mount for South Korea to provide alternative service to conscientious objectors instead of imprisoning them.


Turkmenistan Sentences Bahram Hemdemov to Four-Year Prison Term for Religious Activity

Police officers illegally raided a peaceful religious gathering in Bahram’s home. Judicial authorities have added to the injustice.


Constitutional Court Examines South Korea’s Treatment of Conscientious Objectors

The Court adjourned the hearing, and will deliberate on the constitutionality of laws that punish conscientious objectors.


Statement on Criminal Trial of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Taganrog, Russia

Since 2011, authorities have subjected 16 Witnesses to criminal prosecution for practicing their faith. Do the facts support the charge of extremist activity?


UN Commission to Report on Human Rights Violations in Eritrea

In late October, the UN General Assembly will hear a report on Eritrea’s human rights abuses, which include severe persecution of Jehovah’s Witnesses.


Retrial of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Taganrog​—When Will the Injustice End?

Will 16 peaceful Russian Witnesses be imprisoned for practicing their faith?


Decision in Retrial Postponed for 16 of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Taganrog

How have the lengthy proceedings affected the defendants? Will Russia stop the misapplication of its extremism law and uphold the right to peaceful worship?


High Court of Ukraine Upholds Right to Conscientious Objection During Military Mobilization

The courts of Ukraine recognize that conscientious objection to military service is a fundamental human right that merits protection even during military mobilization.


Russia Supreme Court to Hear Case on Abinsk LRO Liquidation

Will the Court uphold the Witnesses’ religious freedom and reverse a ruling that liquidated their Local Religious Organization (LRO) in Abinsk, Russia?


Russia Bans JW.ORG, Official Website of Jehovah’s Witnesses

Authorities have made it a crime to promote within the country. Russia is the only country in the world to ban this website.


Targeted for Religious Beliefs in Eastern Ukraine

Armed groups have abducted and tortured 26 of Jehovah’s Witnesses because they do not adhere to Orthodox beliefs and they remain politically neutral. The Witnesses have refused to compromise.


Are Judges in South Korea Ready to Adopt International Standards for Conscientious Objectors?

The Constitutional Court will reconsider South Korea’s refusal to recognize the right of conscientious objection. A global audience eagerly anticipates the judgment.