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June 12, 2017

Armenia’s Jehovah’s Witnesses: ‘enemies of the state’

Armenian identity is so tightly interwoven with religion that it can often be heard that the only true Armenian is a follower of the Armenian Church. Contempt, discrimination, and outright hatred towards religious minorities have led to a worryingly widespread perception of them as outsiders — a threat to Armenian statehood.

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August 12, 2016

Armenia-Jehovah’s Witnesses Complete Alternative Civilian Service Program

The first generation of young Witness men in Armenia to take advantage of the alternative civilian service program are productively working to fulfill their national obligation.

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November 25, 2015

Armenia: Church, State Joining Forces Against Western Religious Groups? – JWnews

As Armenia readies for a controversial December 6 referendum, public attention has tended to focus on proposed constitutional amendments that would alter the country’s political system.

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April 3, 2015

Armenian NGOs concerned over Jehovah’s Witnesses | JWnews

Robert Aharonyan, the head of the Armenian Social Movement also attending the news conference, said he doesn’t find Jehovah’s Witnesses’ mission consistent with the principles of the Armenian Apostolic Church.

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March 13, 2015

Armenia Successfully Implements Alternative Civilian Service

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March 5, 2015

Amnesty International human rights report on Armenia 2014/15 | JWnews

Between July and August, skirmishes in the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh along the Armenia-Azerbaijan border turned into heavy fighting resulting in the reported death of 13 Azerbaijani soldiers and five Armenians, including two civilians.

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September 10, 2014

Armenia, Portable stands witnesses media attention | JWnews

Some Armenian media drew attention to a new method of witnessing which is widely used by Jehovah’s Witnesses around the world – serving with portable stands.

September 5, 2014

Armenia, Jehovah’s Witnesses switch over to online propaganda | JWnews

Հայաստան, Եհովայի վկաները անցնել ավելի օնլայն քարոզչության

With the Law on Conscience and Freedom of Religion having lost its actually over the past decades, Jehovah’s Witnesses have chosen new tactics, moving their propaganda to the virtual platform.

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August 21, 2014

Some Armenian laws restrict religious freedom | JWnews

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August 4, 2014

Armenia, the propaganda is still flying | Jwitness

Հայաստան, քարոզչությունը շարունակում է թռչում

Alexander Amaryan, the head of “Relief and Rehabilitation Center for Victims of Destructive cults”, does not see any reliable information about Armenia in the U.S. State Department “Religious Freedom” 2013 report.

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July 30, 2014

Armenia and Jehovah’s Witnesses •Եհովայի վկաների մասին | JWnews

US Department of State: Media outlets of Armenia published inaccurate articles portraying religious minorities as criminals and spies.

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June 19, 2014

Human Rights Watch Submission on Armenia | JWnews

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September 6, 2013

Armenia, the Apostolic Church, Jehovah’s Witnesses and the Army

Հայաստան, Առաքելական եկեղեցի, Եհովայի վկաները եւ բանակը

625 Apostolic Church clergymen have been exempted from military service or received deferments by the resolution of RA Government, while 444 representatives from a religious organization “Jehovah’s Witnesses” have been convicted to imprisonment because of renouncing military service since 1998.

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September 6, 2013

Armenia and “Alternative Military Service”

Հայաստանը եւ «այլընտրանքային ծառայություն»,

474“Jehovah’s Witnesses”, prisoners of conscious, have been jailed in Armenia since 1993. According to the statistics of Helsinki Citizens’ Assembly Vanadzor, 33 citizens are currently placed at prisons, court decisions have been made in relation to 16 of them, however, due to appeals which are underway, they are still enjoying liberty.

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August 21, 2013

Armenia: “Jehovah’s Witnesses” was resolved (sic)

As we reported yesterday, the European Court of Human Rights “by Khachaturian and others against Armenia ‘complaint in 2012.

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June 18, 2013

U.S. State Department and religious groups in Armenia

ԱՄՆ Պետդեպարտամենտը եւ կրոնական խմբերը Հայաստանում

“However, according to the Jehovah’s Witnesses, 31 members remained in prison for refusing on religious grounds to perform mandatory military or alternative labor service,” the report says, adding that “the trend in the government’s respect for religious freedom did not change significantly during the year.”

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June 6, 2013

ARMENIA: New legal amendments to end Jehovah’s Witness jailings?

Nine and a half years, and about 275 prisoners of conscience, after Armenia should have by January 2004 introduced a civilian alternative to compulsory military service, human rights defenders and conscientious objectors are hoping this Council of Europe commitment will be met. The change comes in new amendments to the Alternative Service Law, and to the Law on Implementing the Criminal Code, which come into force on 8 June. “Our main concern was that alternative civilian service should not be under military control,” Jehovah’s Witness lawyer Artur Ispiryan told Forum 18 News Service.

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May 21, 2013

Armenia and Jehovah’s Witnesses / Հայաստանը եւ Եհովայի վկաներ

According to Forum 18, an international religious freedom nongovernmental organization, 32 conscientious objectors were in prison as of September 20 for refusing military and alternative service, believing the alternative service was not independent of the military. In 2012, courts sentenced to prison terms 16 additional Jehovah’s Witnesses for refusal to serve.

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May 21, 2013

Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Turkey: Odd Men Out on Conscientious Objection

In Europe for example, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) recognized conscientious objection as a protected right in 2011 when, in Bayatyan v Armenia, it ruled that conscientious objection was subject to Article 9 of the European Convention on Human Rights, which protects freedom of thought, conscience, and religion. Unfortunately, as an Amnesty statement released today highlights, three European countries, Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Turkey, still refuse to accept this basic obligation under international law.

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March 23, 2012

Armenia and Conscientious Objectors | JWnews

Despite rulings by the European Court of Human Rights in Bayatyan v. Armenia and subsequent judgments, Armenia has not released the 52 Jehovah’s Witnesses who had been charged under the Criminal Code for their conscientious refusal of military service on religious grounds. They have been tried, convicted, and imprisoned; no one is being held in pretrial detention; no one received a suspended sentence.

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February 2, 2012

ARMENIA & the ECHR decision | Jwitness


jwnews, jwitness.wordpress.com, jw newsOn 10 January the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) again ordered Armenia to pay compensation to two Jehovah’s Witness conscientious objector former prisoners for violating their rights to religious freedom. The punishment followed two critical Opinions from the Council of Europe’s Venice Commission and the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) of the 2011 proposed amendments to the Alternative Service Law. They say these do not go far enough to bring in a fully-civilian alternative to military service which is not punitive in length. But Deputy Justice Minister Ruben Melikyan told Forum 18 News Service that a government Working Group is already preparing new amendments to the Alternative Service Law “fully taking into account the OSCE and Venice Commission views” and the ECtHR rulings. He said it would be adopted “this year”. However, he said until it is adopted, the courts cannot free the 57 imprisoned conscientious objectors nor halt the prosecution of a further 14.

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December 28, 2011

Armenian & Greek Orthodox Monks Fight Jerusalem. Sunday, Nov. 9, 2008

Love thy brother. . .


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December 1, 2011

Armenia – International Religious Freedom Report 2010.

BUREAU OF DEMOCRACY, HUMAN RIGHTS, AND LABOR

The constitution provides for freedom of religion and the right to practice, choose, or change religious belief; however, the law places some restrictions on the religious freedom of members of minority religious groups.

The constitution recognizes “the exclusive mission of the Armenian Church as a national church in the spiritual life, development of the national culture, and preservation of the national identity of the people of Armenia.” The constitution and the Law on Freedom of Conscience and Religious Organizations establish separation of church and state but grant the Armenian Church official status as the national church.

From July 1, 2009, to June 1, 2010, 35 Jehovah’s Witnesses were sentenced to imprisonment for evasion of military or alternative service. Twenty of those sentenced received a 24-month sentence, and the remaining 15 received a 30-month sentence.

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November 28, 2011

Armenia, guilt by inference ?

Հայաստան, մեղքի կողմից եզրակացություն.

A Jehovah’s Witness “urges the parent to make his child a Jehovah’s witness through psychological pressure.”

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November 28, 2011

Armenia, where is justice ? – – – Հայաստանում, որտեղ արդարություն.

Pressure on facility owner forces cancellation of Witnesses’ convention in Armenia


VANADZOR, Armenia—Just a few hours before the start of their “Let God’s Kingdom Come!” District Convention at a rented auditorium in Vanadzor, Armenia, Jehovah’s Witnesses were forced to leave the facility because the owner refused to honor the contract, effectively canceling the Witnesses’ convention.

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November 28, 2011

Armenia and Jehovah’s Witnesses.

Հայաստանի եւ Եհովայի վկաների.

Jehovah’s Witnesses have been carrying out their Christian activity in Armenia since 1975. After Armenia gained independence from the former Soviet Union in 1991, a State Council for Religious Affairs was created to register religious organizations. However, this council has repeatedly refused to register Jehovah’s Witnesses, largely over the issue of Christian neutrality. Consequently, since 1991 more than 100 young Witnesses in Armenia have been convicted and in most cases imprisoned for their Bible-based stand on military service.

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November 28, 2011

Armenia and Conscientious Objectors.

Currently, there are 61 Jehovah’s Witnesses who have been charged under the Criminal Code for their conscientious refusal of military service on religious grounds. Of these, 60 have been tried, convicted, and imprisoned; one is being held in pretrial detention; no one received a suspended sentence.

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November 18, 2011

Armenia. Conscientious Objectors

Armenian Apostolic Church

Currently, there are 61 Jehovah’s Witnesses who have been charged under the Criminal Code for their conscientious refusal of military service on religious grounds. Of these, 60 have been tried, convicted, and imprisoned; one is being held in pretrial detention; no one received a suspended sentence.


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October 23, 2011

Jehovah’s Witnesses charged with disrespecting Armenian church.

News.am reports the prosecutors are charging the Jehovah’s Witness with offense of disrespectful behavior against the Armenian Church and the Armenian society.

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September 7, 2011

Armenia law vs religion.

Human rights advocates are opposed to the law’s demand that groups defined as Christians profess “the belief in Jesus Christ as God and Savior and an acceptance of the Holy Trinity” as a prerequisite for registering. This, they say, would ensure the Armenian Church’s favored position at the expense of persecuted minorities such as the Jehovah’s Witnesses.

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