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Legal Developments and Human Rights

AZERBAIJAN

Azerbaijan Court Compensates Irina Zakharchenko and Valida Jabrayilova

A district court in Baku awarded damages to Irina Zakharchenko and Valida Jabrayilova for their unjust 11-month imprisonment.

GEORGIA

The European Court of Human Rights Accepts Georgia’s Admission of Guilt

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.

KAZAKHSTAN

Kazakhstan Found Guilty of Arbitrary Detention in Case of Teymur Akhmedov

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.

GERMANY

Germany Grants Highest Legal Status to Jehovah’s Witnesses

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.

SOUTH KOREA

Groundswell of Recognition of Right to Conscientious Objection in South Korea

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.

RUSSIA

Russia Declares the Bible “Extremist”

The Vyborg City Court declared “extremist” the Russian version of the New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures, a Bible published by Jehovah’s Witnesses in numerous languages.

TAIWAN

A Successful Program of Alternative Civilian Service in Taiwan

Taiwan offers alternative civilian service as a national service option for conscientious objectors to military service.

RUSSIA

International Response to Russia’s Supreme Court Decision Against Jehovah’s Witnesses

International government agencies and officials comment on the unjust court decision and Russia’s failure to protect the religious freedom of minority religious groups.