Posted by: becketfund | October 18, 2007

Tajikistan: Jehovah’s Witnesses Banned

Forum 18 reports that Tajikistan’s Jehovah’s Witness community has been stripped of its legal status and banned from operation in the country. Tajik officials, when contacted, cited conscientious objection to military service and public displays of faith as their main grievances against the community. Due to their religious beliefs, Jehovah’s Witness refuse military service, but as Tajikistan has yet to implement an alternative, civilian service, many Jehovah’s Witnesses end up in jail for their refusal to serve. The ban prohibits any religious activity by Jehovah’s Witnesses anywhere in the country; the community plans to appeal.

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