August 19, 2014

RUSSIA: A Jehovah’s Witness community in Samara has been ruled “extremist” and dissolved | JWnews

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The long-running criminal trial of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Taganrog in southern European Russia has ended in seven convictions for “extremism”, raising fears of further prosecutions “simply for coming together for worship and sharing their faith with others”, Jehovah’s Witness spokesman Grigory Martynov told Forum 18 News Service. Another Jehovah’s Witness community, this time in Samara on the Volga River, has been ruled “extremist” and dissolved.

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August 19, 2014

Today, we call on the Iranian government to release . . . | JWnews

“And make no mistake: We will continue to stand up for religious minority communities under assault and in danger around the world, from Jehovah’s Witnesses to Baha’is to Ahmadi Muslims.”

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August 19, 2014

Swedish University to archive Ravensbrück survivors’ stories | JWnews

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August 19, 2014

Monday, Aug. 18, 1939 | JWnews

William Davis of Sharpsville, Pa., and William Evans of Sharon, members of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Hubbard, file suit in U.S. District Court in Cleveland charging Hubbard Mayor R.C. Bowers and other officials with committing or allowing violence, arrests and assaults against members of the sect.

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August 19, 2014

Yorkville approves arrangement with Jehovah’s Witnesses | JWnews

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August 19, 2014

Harare, 1 000 Jehovah’s Witnesses arrive for convention | JWnews

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August 19, 2014

Find Content in a Different Language at JW.org | JWnews

If you are learning a language, or you would like to share information from jw.org with someone who speaks a different language, use one of the three methods described below to find content in the language you are interested in.

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August 19, 2014

Twickenham, a new venue for Jehovah’s Witnesses annual convention | JWnews

The local Witnesses will be part of an anticipated 55,000 gathered from the South of England, the USA, Trinidad and Tobago, Slovakia, Germany, Japan, Australia and Macedonia.

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August 19, 2014

Ecuador, branch office of Jehovah’s Witnesses | JWnews

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August 18, 2014

Sri Lanka, UN committee questions government | JWnews

“In particular, please indicate the outcome of the State party’s action regarding allegations of increasing pressure and harassment by the authorities against certain religious groups, including attacks on the places of worship of . . . Jehovah’s Witness communities,” the Human Rights Committee said.

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August 18, 2014

Jehovah’s Witnesses meeting in Zimbabwe hit by ebola fears | JWnews

Zimbabwe’s government is in a quandary as the country prepares to host a three-day Jehovah’s Witnesses conference with 50,000 people from around the world expected to attend.

Some delegates will come from West Africa, where there has been an outbreak of Ebola.

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August 18, 2014

Jehovah’s Witnesses annual convention at Jacksonville | JWnews

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August 18, 2014

Colombia, branch office of Jehovah’s Witnesses | JWnews

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August 18, 2014

Côte d’Ivoire, branch office of Jehovah’s Witnesses | JWnews

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August 17, 2014

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August 17, 2014

Africa: Witnesses Campaign to Advertise World’s Most Translated Website, Jw.org | JWnews

On August 1, 2014, Jehovah’s Witnesses began a month-long global distribution of a new tract entitled Where Can We Find Answers to Life’s Big Questions?

Accessible in about 500 languages, with publications available for download in almost 700 languages, jw.org is the world’s most translated website.

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August 17, 2014

50,000 Jehovah’s Witness pilgrims denied entry into Zimbabwe | JWnews

At least 50 000 pilgrims from South Africa who were supposed to attend the annual conference of Jehovah’s Witness scheduled for August 22 -24 at the National Sports Stadium were stopped from coming into the country for fear of logistical nightmares.

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August 17, 2014

Assembly Hall prompts a case of “sour grapes” | JWnews

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I had great hope the Jehovah’s Witnesses would not play dirty, but they did. A lawsuit against Harrison was inevitable over conflicting philosophies regarding the purpose of the Joint Economic Development District.

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August 17, 2014

FYI – Blood Transfusion and the limits of consent | JWnews

The limits on this jurisdiction have been explored recently by the NSW Court of Appeal in a case involving a 17 year old Jehovah’s Witness with Hodgkin’s disease.11 The boy and his parents would not consent to the treatment of his condition with blood transfusions.

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August 17, 2014

Court Rules in Favor of Jehovah’s Witnesses Who Blocked Daughter’s Blood Transfusion | JWnews

Two Supreme Court judges have granted a writ of habeas corpus ruling that it cannot be considered homicide when Jehovah’s Witnesses prevent doctors from conducting blood transfusions on their children.

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August 17, 2014

FYI – WHO ponders treating Ebola-infected people with blood of survivors | JWnews

Even if the therapy works, there are challenges. One is the risk of infecting patients with other pathogens such as HIV or hepatitis C. Getting blood from recovered patients in the first place may also be a problem.

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August 17, 2014

Chile, branch office of Jehovah’s Witnesses | Jwitness

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August 16, 2014

Central African Republic, branch office of Jehovah’s Witnesses | Jwitness

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August 15, 2014

Ebola Fears Cloud Jehovah’s Witnesses Meeting in Zimbabwe | JWnews

Zimbabwe’s government is in a quandary as the country prepares to host a three-day Jehovah’s Witnesses conference with 50,000 people from around the world expected to attend. Some delegates will come from West Africa, where there has been an outbreak of Ebola.

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August 15, 2014

Cameroon, branch office of Jehovah’s Witnesses | Jwitness

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August 14, 2014

Brazil, branch office of Jehovah’s Witnesses | Jwitness

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August 13, 2014

US DoS indicates restrictions of citizens’ religious rights in Azerbaijan | JWnews

The country’s laws provide for responsibility for inciting the religious hatred; however, they provides a framework for the government to liquidate unwanted religious groups, says the DoS. Thus, the police raided to curb the gatherings of the followers of the . . . and Jehovah’s Witnesses.

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August 13, 2014

Bolivia, branch office of Jehovah’s Witnesses | Jwitness

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August 12, 2014

Benin, branch office of Jehovah’s Witnesses | Jwitness

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August 11, 2014

Evansville, Jehovah’s Witness Convention Brings Boost In Business To Restaurants | JWnews

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August 11, 2014

Argentina, branch office of Jehovah’s Witnesses | Jwitness

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August 11, 2014

Anti-Semitic incidents, vandalism of mosques persist in Bulgaria | JWnews

Religious groups in Bulgaria complained that the government had failed to consistently enforce protection of religious freedoms, while abuses such as anti-Semitic incidents and vandalism of mosques and other places persisted, the United States state department noted in its annual religious freedom report.

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August 11, 2014

U.S. Religious-Freedom Report Criticizes Russia, Saudis | JWnews

The Russian government used laws banning “extremism” to restrict religious freedoms, according to the U.S. State Department’s International Religious Freedom Report for 2013.

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August 10, 2014

United Nations Warns Japan on Religious Freedom | JWnews

Ms. Seibert-Fohr, raised the issue of abductions and so-called “deprogramming” as she said. She explained that the Committee came to know about cases of abductions and forced religious de-conversions of members of the Unification Church and Jehovah’s Witnesses, that adults were abducted and confined by their families for up to six months or more, and that there was a lack of investigation and police search, under the justification that they were “with their families”.

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August 10, 2014

FYI – Catholic colleges & universities welcome drag queen shows | JWnews

The religious identity of colleges and universities of the United States that were originally founded on principles of the Catholic faith continue to be challenged. Numerous Catholic institutions of higher learning have gay student groups and also celebrate gay pride festivals.

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August 10, 2014

Blood transfusion and Jehovah’s Witnesses | JWnews

Jehovah’s Witnesses have been criticized because of their refusal to accept blood transfusions. How do some in the medical community view our position on blood?

Blood Transfusions—What Doctors Are Saying Now

Why Don’t Jehovah’s Witnesses Accept Blood Transfusions?

Do Jehovah’s Witnesses Accept Medical Treatment?

What Does the Bible Say About Blood Transfusions?

August 10, 2014

Cuba – International Religious Freedom Report for 2013 | JWnews

A number of religious groups, including the Jehovah’s Witnesses and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, continued their years-long wait for a decision from the MOJ on pending applications for official recognition. These groups reported the authorities permitted them to conduct religious activities, hold meetings, receive foreign visitors, make minor renovations to their buildings, and send representatives abroad, but their members were exposed to harassment by state security, including pervasive monitoring of their movements, telephone calls, visitors, and religious meetings

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August 10, 2014

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All I have is my driveway and the hope that cheerful fellow from Jehovah’s Witnesses comes by with his handouts.

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August 10, 2014

FYI – Hungary violated rights of unrecognized religious organizations | JWnews

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August 10, 2014

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