Posted by: becketfund | January 9, 2008

Uzbekistan: Jehovah’s Witnesses Fined, Threatened with Death

KAGAN – A community of Jehovah’s Witnesses, which has been trying for the past two years to obtain legal registration, has met with harassment and fines, all while having their registration denied, Forum 18 reported on January 9. Following a police raid in August 2007, ten members of the community were fined the sum of five years’ minimum wages and threatened with death. In November 2007 and early January 2008, bailiffs arrived to seize property as payment for the fines. Unregistered religious activity is illegal in Uzbekistan, yet officials have not been able to give any reason why the Jehovah’s Witnesses should be denied legal status.

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