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October 8, 2016

AZERBAIJAN: 34 fines for “illegal” religious meeting

34 attendees at an “illegal” home meeting for worship on the most sacred annual observance for Jehovah’s Witnesses were fined nearly a year’s official minimum wage. The leader of a Sunni mosque in Baku forcibly closed in July has failed to overturn his fine.

In mid-September the final seven of 34 Jehovah’s Witnesses lost their appeals against fines of more than three months’ average wages each. The 34 were punished for participating in a 23 March meeting for worship in a home in the north-western town of Gakh

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February 20, 2016

Azerbaijan Convicts and Releases Irina Zakharchenko and Valida Jabrayilova – JW News

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January 29, 2016

AZERBAIJAN: Convicted and freed, but no compensation for 50 week imprisonment – JWnews

After nearly 50 weeks in jail, two female Jehovah’s Witnesses Irina Zakharchenko and Valida Jabrayilova were convicted of offering one religious booklet without the compulsory state permission needed in Azerbaijan to distribute religious literature.

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December 15, 2015

Azerbaijan Ignores UN Request to Transfer Irina Zakharchenko – JWnews

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November 21, 2015

ECHR Jehovah’s Witnesses have 19 applications against Azerbaijan – JWnews

Religious intolerance is escalating in Azerbaijan as law-enforcement authorities impose heavy fines on Jehovah’s Witnesses and imprison them. Authorities are criminally prosecuting the Witnesses for meeting together for worship and for talking to others about their beliefs, the site Jehovah’s Witnesses reports.

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October 6, 2015

AZERBAIJAN: “We forbid religious books – but this isn’t religious discrimination” – JWnews

The State Committee banned nine Jehovah’s Witness publications in the first eight months of 2015.
On 8 June, eight months late, Jehovah’s Witness Rana Sadiqova received a copy of a 14 October 2014 police decision convicting her under Administrative Code Article 299.0.2 and imposing a fine of 2,000 Manats.

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September 30, 2015

AZERBAIJAN: Fines, deportations, criminal trials to punish Jehovah’s Witnesses – JWnews

The official warnings followed a 9 April police raid on Mursalov’s home in Lokbatan on the southern edge of Baku, as he and other Jehovah’s Witnesses were exercising the right to freedom of religion or belief by meeting together for worship and study.

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September 13, 2015

AZERBAIJAN: Seven months’ secret police detention so far, three more added – JWnews

Anti-Conversion Law says that no-one can convert from one religion to another using force, allurement or fraudulent means. Due to these weak terms, any social work could be seen as allurement, any mention of ‘hell’ as force. The legislation also requires people to either inform authorities about their conversions or seek permission before they can convert. Therefore it is feared that Christians could become a soft target

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August 8, 2015

AZERBAIJAN: Raid, warnings, deportation – JWnews

A court in Azerbaijan has officially warned 13 Jehovah’s Witnesses after they were detained when 10 police raided a meeting in a Baku home to exercise freedom of religion or belief. One Jehovah’s Witness – Georgian citizen Goderdzi Kvaratskhelia – was on 6 July ordered to be deported.

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August 8, 2015

Old Testament on police list of banned religious literature in Azerbaijan – JWnews

Thirteen Jehovah’s Witnesses were detained during a religious meeting in Baku. Cases were prepared against 12 others present at the meeting under Article 299.0.2 of the Administrative Code which punishes for “violating legislation on holding religious meetings, marches, and other religious ceremonies” with fines for individuals of between 1,500 and 2,000 Manats

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July 15, 2015

Azerbaijan Extends Unjust Detention of Jehovah’s Witnesses for Two More Months – JWnews

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June 20, 2015

Jehovah’s Witnesses Call for End to Unjust Detention in Azerbaijan | JWnews

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April 12, 2015

AZERBAIJAN: Transfer from detention for prisoners of conscience rejected | JWnews

A request by a Jehovah’s Witness prisoner of conscience, Valida Jabrayilova, to be transferred from pre-trial detention in the NSM secret police Investigation Prison to house arrest was refused on 4 April. Asked why she is detained and could face a five-year prison term for offering uncensored religious literature, Judge Elshad Shamayev replied “it’s in the Criminal Code” to Forum 18 News Service.

“We’re not obliged to account for our decisions”

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March 27, 2015

Jehovah’s Witnesses have 19 applications against Azerbaijan pending with ECHR | JWnews

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March 24, 2015

Rising Religious Intolerance in Azerbaijan | JWnews

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The U.S. government estimates the total population is 9.6 million (July 2013 estimate). According to 2011 data from the State Committee on Work with Religious Associations (SCWRA), 96 percent of the population is Muslim.

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March 5, 2015

Religious books banned in Azerbaijan | JWnews

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February 26, 2015

Azerbaijan, Jehovah’s Witnesses can face up to five years in prison | JWnews

A Judge in the Azerbaijani capital Baku ordered two female Jehovah’s Witnesses to be held for three months in the National Security Ministry secret police investigation prison, according to the decisions seen by Forum 18 News Service. Irina Zakharchenko and Valida Jabrayilova face up to five years’ imprisonment if convicted of offering religious literature without state permission.

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February 24, 2015

AZERBAIJAN: Latest secret police prisoners – two female Jehovah’s Witnesses | JWnews

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Amid a widening crackdown on religious, political and social activity the Azerbaijani government does not like, two female Jehovah’s Witnesses have been ordered held in the National Security Ministry (NSM) secret police investigation prison in the capital Baku until 17 May.

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January 23, 2015

While ‘‘Jehovah’s Witnesses’’ were meeting Azerbaijani officials, their supporters were arrested

The members of the religious organisation “Jehovah’s Witnesses” Makhluk Ahmedov and Ismail Bagirov were detained in the Azerbaijani settlement Lokbatan. According to the information received, the detained were engaged in agitation, and

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November 3, 2014

Azerbaijan, Imprisoned for Their Faith | JWnews

News release by JW.org

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September 8, 2014

U.S. State Department: Azerbaijan restricts rights of religious minorities | JWnews

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September 8, 2014

Jehovah’s Witnesses just like Islamist radicals are persecuted in Azerbaijan | JWnews

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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 8, 2014

AZERBAIJAN: Fines followed a June police raid on Jehovah’s Witness home | JWnews

“Despite physical abuse, verbal humiliation, and psychological pressure, Shikhaliyev has refused to wear a military uniform, perform military duties, or take the military oath”

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June 19, 2014

Azerbaijan’s Jehovah’s-Witnesses-Jihad and Other High Jinks | JWnews

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December 13, 2013

Azerbaijani Government doesn’t protect the Rights of Religious Minorities in Country

“Seven Jehovah’s Witnesses in one of the northern towns of Azerbaijan were each fined an amount equal to the yearly salary of a teacher simply for exercising their freedom of religion,” it is stated in the article published by Forum18 international organization.

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June 28, 2013

AZERBAIJAN: Conscientious objectors amnestied, imam and driver not freed

Azerbaijan’s two known imprisoned conscientious objectors – both Jehovah’s Witnesses – have been freed as part of a prisoner amnesty, Forum 18 News Service has learnt.

Fakhraddin Mirzayev, a 20-year-old Jehovah’s Witness from Gyanja, was sentenced at Gyanja’s Kapaz District Court on 25 September 2012 to one year’s imprisonment.

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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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May 20, 2013

AZERBAIJAN: Harsh fines cancelled, banned books list publication soon?

The official claimed that permission requests took “maybe one week” if a book is short, and “if the book is very long, the review might last more than two weeks”. He refused to explain why the Baptists had to wait three months for a response when they requested permission to import the Bibles.

Jehovah’s Witnesses have repeatedly tried to challenge State Committee censorship of their religious publications in court, so far with no success

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May 20, 2013

AZERBAIJAN: Imam and driver in pre-trial detention, conscientious objector imprisoned

Imprisoned Jehovah’s Witness conscientious objector Kamran Mirzayev is due to hear tomorrow (15 May) if his appeal has overturned his nine-month prison sentence, Jehovah’s Witnesses told Forum 18 News Service. He is one of two known conscientious objectors imprisoned for refusing Azerbaijan’s compulsory military service. Azerbaijan committed itself to adopting an alternative civilian service by January 2003, but failed to do so.

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