» 07/06/2012, 00.00
After four years in prison, Uzbek Jehovah's Witness gets another 30 months
Abdubannob Ahmedov was set for release on 23 July but was convicted on unspecified charges of violating prison rules. A Baptist woman could also get three years in prison for "illegally reaching religion." Uzbek authorities continue their crackdown on religion.
Ashgabat: second Jehovah's Witness sentenced to forced labour in 2012
Aibek Salayev, 33, was accused of "distributing pornography". Supreme Court upholds his conviction, which goes into effect immediately. He will go to the Karabogaz camp on the Caspian Sea. Another Jehovah's Witness was sentenced to two years of hard labour for conscientious objection.
Uzbek authorities force Christians, including Jehovah’s Witnesses, to go underground
Church members and religious groups complain that the state does not authorise them to operate on the basis of pretexts or by silently ignoring them. Without a permit, even meeting to pray can be punished. After many years, the Central Protestant Church is still fighting for its rights.
Tashkent: heavy fines and prison terms for Christians
Police persecute Christians even during Christmas. Fines often are worth years of wages and repeat offenders can go to prison.
Tashkent, two Jehovah's Witnesses risk 5 more years of hard labor
Olim Turaev (38 years) and Sergei Ivanov (25 years) charged by prison authorities of disobedience. In reality it is an attempt to force them to abandon their faith.
In Tashkent meeting at home to pray is a crime
The state appoints imams, chooses what goes into religious education and decides who can and who cannot go to Makkah. Non-Muslim groups are hard pressed to be recognised. Jehovah Witnesses can get two or three years in jail just for getting together.
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