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WORLDWIDE

Jehovah’s Witnesses Imprisoned for Their Faith—By Location

Jehovah’s Witnesses imprisoned for their faith as of January 2017

WHERE

IMPRISONED

REASON

Eritrea

53

  • Conscientious objection

  • Religious activity

  • Undisclosed reasons

 

Singapore

10

  • Conscientious objection

 

South Korea

405

  • Conscientious objection

 

Turkmenistan

2

  • Religious activity

  • Fabricated charge

 

Total

470

 

“The right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion” is a fundamental human right, states Article 18 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. * In some lands the exercise of this basic freedom by Jehovah’s Witnesses brings imprisonment and even cruel mistreatment. Most of those imprisoned are young men who conscientiously object to military service. Others are imprisoned merely for practicing their faith.

^ par. 24 See also the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Article 18, and the European Convention on Human Rights, Article 9.