Posted by: becketfund | August 21, 2007

Uzbekistan: Sole Legal Jehovah’s Witness Community Threatened

Forum 18 reports that Jehovah’s Witnesses in Uzbekistan fear their religion will be banned in the country, after Uzbekistan’s Department of Justice sent a letter to the only remaining registered Jehovah’s Witness community, informing them that they were “violating the law”.  The community, located in the town of Chirchik, near the capital, Tashkent, is the last Jehovah’s Witness congregation in the country to retain legal status, and Jehovah’s Witnesses fear that the government will soon outlaw their religion, as it had been during Soviet times.  Without registration, any religious activity in Uzbekistan is illegal, and those found practicing their faith are subject to fines or imprisonment.

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