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Legal Developments and Human Rights


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.


Witnesses in South Korea Petition the President: Resolve the Issue of Conscientious Objection

The Witnesses wait as officials reconsider the government’s long-standing policy on the issue of conscientious objection to military service.


South Korea Courts Increasingly Seek Solutions for Conscientious Objectors

Judges in South Korea are increasingly searching for solutions for conscientious objectors to military service instead of imprisoning them.


How Armenia Came to Recognize the Right to Conscientious Objection

The history of conscientious objection in Armenia shows how favorable ECHR judgments effected a major change in the government’s treatment of conscientious objectors.


Appeal Denied​—Russian Court Upholds Ruling That Declares Bible “Extremist”

It is now a criminal offense for anyone to distribute the New World Translation to others. Even possessing a personal copy may put one at risk of incurring a heavy fine​—or worse.


Russian Authorities Seize Assembly Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses

The assembly hall seizure follows on the heels of a court ruling just one week earlier that threatens to take the property used by the Witnesses’ national headquarters, located near St. Petersburg.


Religious Freedom Under Threat in Eastern Regions of Ukraine

The Witnesses are subject to harassment and their religious freedom is threatened in certain territories of the Luhansk and Donetsk regions.