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Legal Developments and Human Rights

TURKMENISTAN

Mother Released From Prison in Turkmenistan

Bibi Rahmanova was unexpectedly freed from prison on September 2, 2014. Despite international outcry over the case, judges did not clear her of false charges.

TURKMENISTAN

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.

RUSSIA

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.

UKRAINE

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.

RUSSIA

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.

RUSSIA

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.

SOUTH KOREA

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.

TURKEY

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.

RUSSIA

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.

AZERBAIJAN

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.

WORLDWIDE

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.

RUSSIA

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.

RUSSIA

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.

UZBEKISTAN

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

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?