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Legal Developments and Human Rights


Mother of Four-Year-Old Receives Unjust Prison Sentence in Turkmenistan

Turkmenistan has a history of mistreating Jehovah’s Witnesses and denying their basic human rights. Bibi Rahmanova and her family are recent victims of injustice by officials in Dashoguz.


Taganrog Court Convicts Jehovah’s Witnesses for Practicing Their Faith

The convictions set a dangerous precedent, threatening the religious freedom of over 160,000 Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia.


Inaction of Law Enforcement Officials Results in Impunity and Further Injury in Ukraine

Perpetrators of religious hate crimes have gone unpunished. Violent attacks on the peaceful community of Jehovah’s Witnesses have escalated.


Jehovah’s Witnesses on Trial in Taganrog

Religious freedom in Russia is at stake. Listen to comments from some of the 16 prosecuted Witnesses and their attorneys.


The European Court of Human Rights Upholds the Right of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia to Meet for Worship

The ECHR restates their position that Russia is violating the human rights of Jehovah’s Witnesses, including their right to worship peacefully.


Judges Struggle With Their Own Conscience When Required to Ignore Conscience of Others

South Korean judges are distressed by the injustice of mandatory verdicts that criminalize and imprison conscientious objectors instead of recognizing their human rights.


European Court of Human Rights Decides in Favor of Four Conscientious Objectors in Turkey

A third judgment against Turkey emphasizes that the European Convention protects conscientious objectors and that all Council of Europe member states must recognize the right of freedom of conscience.


Prosecution of Jehovah’s Witnesses Continues in Taganrog, Russia

Sixteen citizens are on trial, charged as ‘criminals’ for practicing their faith. If they are convicted, religious freedom throughout Russia is threatened for all citizens.


Jehovah’s Witnesses in Azerbaijan Appeal for Justice to the European Court of Human Rights

Azerbaijan claims to be a model of religious tolerance, yet citizens who are Jehovah’s Witnesses do not enjoy religious freedoms.


Expert Views on the Right of Conscientious Objection

Conscientious objection to military service is accepted as a fundamental right by almost every country. Hear why human rights experts say that global recognition is due.


Repression of Religious Freedom in Russia

A criminal case has been initiated against Jehovah’s Witnesses in the small town of Taganrog. Their Kingdom Hall has been confiscated and their literature seized.


Russian Citizens Face Criminal Prosecution for Their Faith

A conviction of Jehovah’s Witnesses facing criminal prosecution in Taganrog would endanger many fundamental rights for all Russian citizens.


Is Improvement in Sight for Jehovah’s Witnesses in Uzbekistan?

Uzbekistan authorities appear committed to improving human rights. Jehovah’s Witnesses hope for positive results, including legal registration for all their congregations.


Turkey Refuses to Conform to European Standards in the Matter of Conscientious Objection

Why does the government oppose conscientious objection, refusing to recognize this fundamental human right?


Russian Appellate Court Refuses to Ban JW.ORG

The Tver Regional Court in Russia reversed a lower court decision to ban, the official website of Jehovah’s Witnesses.