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Jehovah’s Witnesses Imprisoned for Their Faith​—By Location

Jehovah’s Witnesses imprisoned for their faith as of January 2020

WHERE

IMPRISONED

REASON

Eritrea

52

  • Conscientious objection

  • Religious activity

  • Undisclosed reasons

 

Russia

42

  • Religious activity

 

Singapore

13

  • Conscientious objection

 

Tajikistan

2

  • Conscientious objection

  • Religious activity

 

Turkmenistan

9

  • Conscientious objection

 

Total

118

 

“The right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion” is a fundamental human right, according to Article 18 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. * In some lands, however, Jehovah’s Witnesses are denied this basic right and are unjustly jailed and even suffer cruel mistreatment. Most of those imprisoned were arrested merely for practicing their faith. Others are imprisoned for their conscientious objection to military service.

^ par. 27 See also the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Article 18, and the European Convention on Human Rights, Article 9.