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Legal Developments and Human Rights


Vasiliy Kalin: Statement on the Threat to Ban Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia

Representing the Administrative Center of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia, Vasiliy Kalin appeals to government authorities to stop the unjust persecution.


On Video: Experts React to Threat of Ban on Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia

Human rights experts comment on how a ban on Jehovah’s Witnesses would affect Russia’s international reputation and religious freedom for its citizens.


Ukraine High Court Strengthens Freedom of Peaceful Assembly

The Witnesses in Ukraine can now meet in rented facilities without interference.


South Korea’s Unjust Treatment of Dong-hyuk Shin

Mr. Shin’s right to freedom of conscience and religion is violated by the unjust punishment for his conscientious objection to reserve forces military training.


Germany Courts Recognize Conventions of Jehovah’s Witnesses as Religious Holidays

The Witnesses’ annual conventions are now recognized as religious holidays, reaffirming the right of parents to educate their children according to their religious beliefs.


European Court Upholds Religious Rights of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Georgia

This latest ECHR judgment protects the Witnesses’ freedom to meet together for worship and to share their religious beliefs peacefully with neighbors.


Will Bulgarian Courts Uphold Religious Freedom?

The Witnesses in Bulgaria are taking steps to challenge all 44 ordinances that violate their constitutional right to share religious beliefs.