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

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

Jehovah’s Witnesses imprisoned for their faith as of January 2021

WHERE

IMPRISONED

REASON

Crimea

6

  • Religious activity

 

Eritrea

24

  • Religious activity

  • Undisclosed reasons

 

Russia

38

  • Religious activity

 

Singapore

12

  • Conscientious objection

 

South Korea

4

  • Conscientious objection

 

Tajikistan

2

  • Conscientious objection

  • Religious activity

 

Turkmenistan

9

  • Conscientious objection

 

Other Lands

Over 62

  • Religious activity

 

Total

Over 157

 

“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. 35 See also the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Article 18, and the European Convention on Human Rights, Article 9.