The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) accepted the Republic of Georgia’s admission that they violated the rights of ten of Jehovah’s Witnesses.
The UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention found Kazakhstan guilty of unjustly arresting and prosecuting Mr. Akhmedov for peacefully sharing his religious beliefs with others.
After more than 26 years of legal proceedings, the Witnesses now have the same legal status as that granted to major religions in the country.
Even in the absence of the Constitutional Court’s pending decision or new legislation, South Korea is progressing in its view of conscientious objection to military service.
Taiwan offers alternative civilian service as a national service option for conscientious objectors to military service.
International government agencies and officials comment on the unjust court decision and Russia’s failure to protect the religious freedom of minority religious groups.
The Supreme Court of Russia rejected the Witnesses’ appeal and upheld its April 20 decision. Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia will appeal for justice to the ECHR and the UN Human Rights Committee.