TAJIKISTAN: Urgent medical treatment denied again, defying UN Human Rights Committee

Jehovah's Witness prisoner of conscience 71-year-old Shamil Khakimov has again been denied urgently needed medical treatment in a specialised hospital, after a closed court hearing in his prison. The repeated denial of medical treatment is...

Tajikistan should release ailing Jehovah’s Witness from prison, Rubio says

Shamil Khakimov, a Jehovah’s Witness jailed in Tajikistan, gained new support when Sen. Marco Rubio, Florida Republican, and Nury Turkel, chairman of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, took to social media to advocate for...

Tajikistan’s Ban of Jehovah’s Witnesses Illegal, UN Human Rights Committee Says

The United Nations Human Rights Committee (CCPR) is the UN body ruling on violations of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR). States that have signed the Optional Protocol to the ICCPR recognize...

TAJIKISTAN: Prisoner of conscience barred from attending only son’s funeral

Prisoner of conscience Shamil Khakimov was stopped from attending his only son's funeral in September, and has not been hospitalised for the specialised medical treatment he needs. This is despite multiple reminders – the most...

TAJIKISTAN: Five-year jail term for conscientious objector?

The criminal trial of 19-year-old Jehovah's Witness conscientious objector Jovidon Bobojonov for refusing compulsory military service on grounds of conscience could begin at Dushanbe Military Court in early March. If convicted, he faces between two...

USCIRF Releases 2017 Annual Report of religious freedom in selected countries

WASHINGTON, D.C. –  Today the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) released its 2017 Annual Report on the state of religious freedom in selected countries. “Overall,” said USCIRF Chair Thomas Reese, S.J., “The Commission has concluded that the state of...

Commission identifies Russia as major violator of religious freedom

WASHINGTON (RNS)—The State Department should add Russia to its list of the worst violators of religious freedom, a U.S. commission declared in its annual report. The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom—founded to advise the federal...

Jehovah’s Witnesses in Tajikistan appeal to the Constitutional Court to protect their religious freedom

DUSHANBE, Tajikistan—On March 2, 2012, Jehovah’s Witnesses filed an application with the Constitutional Court of Tajikistan requesting that the decision by state authorities to “terminate” their registered religious organization be ruled unconstitutional. Jehovah’s Witnesses have...