Posted by: becketfund | April 10, 2009

Azerbaijan: Jehovah’s Witnesses Denied Right to Associate

GANDJA – The discovery of house where Jehovah’s Witness members had been secretly meeting for religious gatherings resulted in arrests for illegal religious activity, the APA reported on April 10.  The Deputy Chief of Gandja, Yashar Ismayilov, reported that, in accordance with Interior Ministry’s plan on “Preventing radical religious trends from spreading religious extremism,” operations carried out on April 9 revealed that members of the Jehovah’s Witnesses Christian sect, which is not registered in the State Committee for Religious Associations, had been holding illegal meetings in a private residence. 

Four members of the Jehovah’s Witnesses community, including the owner of the house and the leader of the community, received administrative punishment. The rest of the Jehovah’s Witness members found at the house meeting received a warning. 



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