International Institute for Religious Freedom

Bonn – Cape Town – Colombo

Christian marginal groups (as victims)

Ukraine: Kidnapped protestant pastor released

Pastor Sergei Litovchenko released from captivity of militants of "DPR"

Georgia: Severe harassment of Jehovah's Witnesses in Georgia was tolerated by the authorities in 2000-2001

The case Begheluri and Others v. Georgia(application no. 28490/02) concerned the severe harassment of a large number of Jehovah's Witnesses in Georgia in the years 2000-2001.

Turkmenistan: HRWF: Prison terms for conscientious objectors and members of unregistered religious groups

OSCE Human Dimension Implementation Meeting - Working Session 14: Freedom of thought, conscience, religion or belief

France: HRWF: Social hostility towards a number of minority religious groups

OSCE Human Dimension Implementation Meeting - Working Session 14: Freedom of thought, conscience, religion or belief

Eritrea: Twenty years of imprisonment - Will it ever end?

Twenty years ago, Eritrean authorities arrested three young men and detained them in harsh conditions in the Sawa prison camp, where they remain until this day.

Russia: Misuse of the anti-extremist law agains religious groups in July 2014

In late July, the Moscow City Court came to a guilty verdict on the case of the four followers of "Hizb ut-Tahrir." ...

Azerbaijan: Jehovah’s Witnesses deprived of their freedom to share their beliefs

On 21 May 2014, at 12:00 p.m., Khuraman Abbasova and a fellow believer named Khanumwere sharing their religious beliefs near a shopping centre. They read a Bible verse to a man and gavehim a copy of a...

Russia: European Court looks into Russia's treatment of Jehovah's Witnesses

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) communicated a vast collection of complaints this month to Russia in connection with the treatment of Jehovah's Witnesses throughout the country.

Netherlands: Dutch 2013 study on alleged abuses by "sects" confirms results of 1984: No danger to the legal order or to public health

Before the 2013 study, the most recent comprehensive one conducted in The Netherlands dates back to the early 1980s. It was organized in the wake of the Jonestown Massacre in Guyana (1978), after inte...

Russia: Summary of persecution of Jehovah's Witnesses in February

Nine police detentions during witnessing ministry: in Elatma (Riazan province), Dzerzhinsk (Nizhny Novgorod province), Stepnoe (Saratov province), Krasnoobsk (Novosibirsk province), city of Orel, Malo...

Japan: Change of religion, kidnapping and confinement for over 12 years: A Japanese wins an important lawsuit

A Japanese man who had been kidnapped by family members, confined for 12 years and subjected to violent attempts to renounce his new religious affiliation has won a court ruling against his captors an...

Pakistan: Pakistan poised to make death penalty compulsory for 'blasphemy'

Pakistan's government faces a looming deadline to either comply with a court ruling to amend the country's penal code to make the death penalty the only lawful punishment for "blasphemy," or to appeal...

Russia: Religious freedom issues in 2013

Jehovah's Witnesses and Muslims targeted

Iran: Bramhamist Christian, Zoroastrian, Sunni, Shi'a and Baha'i Prisoners in Iran

The following HRWF list does not claim to be exhaustive (*) but shows nevertheless the magnitude of the repression. Only the cases related to freedom of religion (freedom of association, freedom of as...

Armenia: Armenia releases all imprisoned Jehovah's Witnesses

On November 12, 2013, Armenia released the remaining 14 Jehovah's Witnesses imprisoned for their refusal to join the military.