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Legal Developments and Human Rights


Will Bahram Hemdemov Be Released With the Next Amnesty?

Witnesses are hopeful that Turkmenistan President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov will release Bahram when he next grants amnesty.


Persecution of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Eritrea Receives Unprecedented International Attention

The Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in Eritrea (COIE) says the “persecution on both religious and ethnic grounds” constitutes “a crime against humanity.”


Nagorno-Karabakh Unjustly Imprisons Conscientious Objector

Artur Avanesyan is serving a 30-month sentence in the Shushi prison colony of Nagorno-Karabakh despite his willingness to perform alternative civilian service.


First Jehovah’s Witnesses Complete Alternative Civilian Service Program in Armenia

Witnesses in Armenia fulfill their obligation to the government in a way that respects their conscience and benefits the country and its citizens.


Jehovah’s Witnesses in South Korean Prisons File Additional Complaints

South Korea continues punishing young Witness men with imprisonment for the legitimate exercise of their freedom of religion and conscience.


Bulgarian Commission Penalizes Religious Discrimination

The Bulgarian SKAT TV station and two of its journalists are ordered to pay a heavier-than-usual fine for broadcasts that incited religious violence and hatred against the Witnesses.


Rwanda Acts to Counter Religious Discrimination in Schools

The government’s action to protect the religious freedom of schoolchildren is a welcome relief to Witness students.