UZBEKISTAN: Three-year imprisonment for religious literature?

Meanwhile in the southern Bukhara Region on 27 January, 30 Jehovah’s Witnesses were punished for meeting for worship and possessing religious literature officials claimed was “illegal”. They received fines totalling more than 1,050 times the minimum monthly wage or 136,752,000 Soms (390,000 Norwegian Kroner, 42,000 Euros or 47,000 US Dollars at the inflated official exchange rate). Two of the Jehovah’s Witnesses – Andrei and Yelena Yu – were fined 30 times the minimum monthly wage each and given 10-day jail terms for exercising their freedom of religion and belief.

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