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October 5, 2016

UZBEKISTAN: Contradictory “expert analyses”, four people fined

Jehovah’s Witnesses have told Forum 18 that between January and July 2016 at least 51 Jehovah’s Witnesses across all of Uzbekistan were fined for “offences” related to the possession of religious literature. Fines imposed varied between three and 60 times the minimum monthly wage. They commented that “the use of or even the mere possession of the Bible” outside the building of their only state-registered religious community, in Chirchik, “is considered to be an administrative violation“.

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June 30, 2016

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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June 11, 2016

UZBEKISTAN: Large fines for “illegal” religious literature

Uzbekistan continues to raid homes and confiscate “illegal” religious literature. Known cases between January and May resulted in 18 Protestants and 11 Jehovah’s Witnesses being fined up to 60 times the minimum monthly salary each.

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May 27, 2016

UZBEKISTAN: Fines, rape threat for Jehovah’s Witness literature – JW News

During nearly 24 hours in detention at Samarkand City Police in early February, officers hit the women and demanded that they renounce their faith, Jehovah’s Witnesses complained to Forum 18. Officers threatened one with rape.

Between January and May, at least 14 Protestants and 49 Jehovah’s Witnesses are known to have received fines of up to 100 times the minimum monthly wage.

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December 31, 2015

Uzbekistan, Christians Fined over Possession of Bibles – JWnews

Authorities in Uzbekistan fined 10 Christians for holding meetings unsanctioned by the state and even seized their personal Bibles.

The Karshi Criminal Court in Kashkadarya, Uzbekistan imposed a fine on three of the Christians, which costs 50 times the minimum monthly salary.

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November 19, 2015

UZBEKISTAN: police raided Jehovah’s Witnesses’ homes – JWnews

Police and NSS secret police raided Jehovah’s Witnesses’ homes and worship meetings across Uzbekistan 81 times in 2014, they complained to Forum 18. Between January and September 2015, they noted continuing raids and literature seizures, with more than 75 fines of up to 20 times the minimum monthly wage

Officials have allowed only one Jehovah’s Witness community in the whole country – in the town of Chirchik in Tashkent Region – to have the state registration which officials insist is required before people can exercise their right to freedom of religion or belief. Officials stripped registration from the Jehovah’s Witness community in Fergana in 2006. Other Jehovah’s Witness communities have been repeatedly denied state registration

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December 10, 2014

UZBEKISTAN: Jehovah’s Witnesses are “making zombies out of children” | JWnews

For example, on one day – 13 November – 12news published four different articles attacking named Protestants and Jehovah’s Witnesses for exercising freedom of religion or belief. The articles including allegations that named people were “making zombies out of children”, improperly associating with young girls, and drug dealing.

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November 28, 2014

FYI – UZBEKISTAN: New Testaments destroyed, planted evidence and witness | JWnews

Judge Sherzod Yuldashev fell silent when asked by Forum 18 why he ordered the destruction of Christian holy scriptures. When Forum 18 repeated the question he replied “I cannot explain these things to you over the phone” and then put the phone down.

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September 12, 2014

Uzbekistan does not agree with U.S. State Department report on freedom of religion | JWnews

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Committee for Religious Affairs under the Cabinet of Ministers of Uzbekistan issued a message expressing disagreement with the assessment of the situation with religion in the country, given by the U.S. State Department in the report on religious freedom in the world for 2013.

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September 12, 2014

The “continuous persecution” of Christians in Uzbekistan | JWnews

In mid-August, in the central region of Navoi, the police raided the house of a Baptist pastor. Earlier, the police had targeted a Protestant. In late July a raid against Jehovah’s Witnesses and a group of Baptists gathered for a summer camp.

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September 10, 2014

Uzbekistan, US embassy, International Religious Freedom Report | JWnews

Minority religious groups continued to experience difficulties registering. Despite renewed efforts to engage with the government and address its concerns, no Jehovah’s Witnesses groups succeeded in registering, beyond one group previously registered in Chirchik.

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September 10, 2014

Tashkent, Uzbekistan: Govn’t holds balanced policy in field of religion | JWnews

Study on activities of Jehovah’s Witnesses showed that there are positive results and violations of the legislation by the organization are decreasing. Jehovah’s Witnesses confirm this in their letters to the UN, EU, OSCE and others.

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September 5, 2014

UZBEKISTAN: Why can’t school-age children attend worship meetings? | JWnews

In late July, officers of Namangan Regional Police raided the Jehovah’s Witness community in Namangan, Jehovah’s Witnesses complained to Forum 18. A total of 19 Jehovah’s Witnesses were detained during the raid. ( 14 occurrences of “Jehovah” in article )

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September 1, 2014

UZBEKISTAN: Raids, religious literature seizures, passport confiscations and expulsions | JWnews

Police raids on other religious communities have continued. In late July, separate raids targeted Jehovah’s Witnesses in eastern Namangan Region and a summer camp run by a Baptist Church in Tashkent. In both cases administrative punishments are also expected

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August 21, 2014

Uzbekistan: In Namangan arrested members of the sect “Jehovah’s Witnesses” | JWnews

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August 9, 2013

Uzbekistan the exercise of religion without state permission is illegal

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In Uzbekistan all exercise of freedom of religion or belief with others without state permission is illegal, Forum 18 News Service’s religious freedom survey notes, including sharing any beliefs with anyone and meeting with others for worship or the study of sacred texts in private homes. State officials frequently violate freedom of thought, conscience and belief and interlinked rights such as the freedoms of expression and association – even though the state has made solemn binding commitments to uphold and protect the exercise of human rights.

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August 8, 2013

UZBEKISTAN: Torture and harassment of Jehovah’s Witnesses

Ways used to isolate religious communities from their co-religionists abroad include refusals to renew visas – used in 2008 against Uzbekistan’s Chief Rabbi – and expulsions – used against Protestants and Jehovah’s Witnesses. Two long-term residents of Uzbekistan born in the country but who held foreign passports – Jehovah’s Witnesses Yelena Tsyngalova and Oksana Shcherbeneva – were deported in summer 2012 to punish them for discussing their faith with others.

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July 19, 2013

UZBEKISTAN: Pensioners owning Koran and Bibles fined over two years pension

After coordinated police raids on four Protestant-owned homes in a village near Uzbekistan’s capital Tashkent, two pensioners in their sixties and two other local Protestants had Christian and other literature seized from their homes, Forum 18 News Service has learnt. In late June, the four home-owners were fined a combined total of 230 times Uzbekistan’s official minimum monthly wage for having the Koran, Bibles, as well as other works including a non-religious book by American author Dale Carnegie.

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May 30, 2013

UZBEKISTAN: Officials “acted like bandits”

Uzbekistan has fined a 76 year-old woman 10 times the monthly minimum wage and ordered the destruction of her books, Forum 18 News Service has learned. Naziya Ziyatdinova was subjected to what the authorities describe as an “Anti-terror-Tozalash” (“Anti-terror-Cleaning”) raid through a window of her flat, even though she has great difficulty walking as she has Parkinson’s Disease.

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May 23, 2013

Five freed in Uzbekistan – State Department

The five – also including two human rights activists and two members of the Jehovah’s Witnesses, were freed last year, the State Department said in its 2012 survey of human rights around the world.

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May 20, 2013

UZBEKISTAN: Continuing denials of prisoners’ freedom of religion or belief

Uzbekistan has imprisoned and continues to imprison many people for exercising their freedom of religion or belief, but has now released its last current Jehovah’s Witness prisoner of conscience. And the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has stopped visiting prisoners in Uzbekistan, stating on 12 April that “we cannot address humanitarian issues and that renders any visits pointless”.

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March 19, 2012

UZBEKISTAN: Religious literature only for “internal use | JWnews


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On 5 February police and NSS secret police officers raided an unregistered mainly ethnic Korean Baptist Church’s Sunday worship service near Tashkent. On 7 February the state Religious Affairs Committee ruled that Christian literature confiscated during the raid was allowed only for “internal use” by registered religious organisations. On 13 February the Church’s Pastor, Vyacheslav Kim (a 65-year-old pensioner), was fined 100 times the minimum monthly wage in his absence.

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February 16, 2012

Uzbekistan officials refuse to release prisoners | JW news


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TASHKENT, Uzbekistan—Sergey Ivanov, one of Jehovah’s Witnesses, was looking forward to seeing his friends and family again. He had spent the last three and a half years in an Uzbek labor colony and was anticipating his release in January 2012. However, instead of freedom, he was transferred to the Tashkent city jail to wait for a new court trial. Authorities now accuse him of a prison regime violation which can lead to another three years of imprisonment.

Relatives of another prisoner, Olim Turayev, a 38-year-old medical doctor and one of Jehovah’s Witnesses, also learned that he was accused of the same violation and transferred to the Tashkent city jail to await further sentencing. Both Ivanov and Turayev were imprisoned for “unauthorized religious activities” that ranged from studying the Bible in a private home to merely talking about the Bible with others.

Prison officials had visited these men while they served their original sentences and told them that unless they renounced their faith they would not be released. It seems Uzbek officials are intent on sticking to their word.


February 13, 2012

UZBEKISTAN: More persecution for Jehovah’s Witnesses | JWnews


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The day after a “brutal” raid by Uzbekistan’s ordinary police and NSS secret police on two homes of Jehovah’s Witnesses in the capital Tashkent, three Jehovah’s Witness men were each given 15-day prison terms and fined. Jehovah’s Witnesses noted to Forum 18 News Service that this is the first time people have been both given short-term prison sentences and fined in the same case. Four women detained in the raids were each given heavy fines.

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February 10, 2012

UZBEKISTAN: Renounce your beliefs or you won’t be released | JWnews


jwitness.wordpress.comWhile serving their sentences, the two – along with another Jehovah’s Witness prisoner of conscience – were in summer 2011 “visited by a prison official and told that they would not be released at the end of their terms unless they renounced their faith”.

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January 13, 2012

Jehovah’s Witnesses in Uzbekistan, 2011.


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January 3, 2012

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December 14, 2011

Uzbekistan Churches Banned From Evangelism, Youth Worship.

Authorities in eastern Uzbekistan have warned local churches not to allow youngsters and children to attend their worship services and not to carry out missionary activities or “proselytism”, the word for evangelism, local Christians and activists said.

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December 9, 2011

UZBEKISTAN: Authorities try to stop children attending meetings for worship.

The authorities in Uzbekistan’s city of Angren have warned local religious communities not to be involved in unspecified “proselytism” and “missionary activity”, as well as not to allow children and young people to take part in meetings for worship.

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December 6, 2011

FYI – UZBEKISTAN: Illegal prosecutions and punishments.

Uzbekistan continues to fine people for exercising the right to freedom of religion or belief, Forum 18 News Service has learned, in one case using an apparently false witness and with many irregularities in documentation police submitted to court. In other cases, punishments have also been imposed, even though the charges were brought beyond the legal time limit for charges to be brought in Uzbekistan. The police have also bullied two schoolgirls into not attending a church.

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