Yerevan, 6 December: Although the law on alternative military service was adopted precisely for Jehovah’s Witnesses, members of this sect are still refusing to do their alternative military service, the head of the public organization called the centre for the adaptation of destructive cult victims, Aleksandr Amaryan, said at a press conference today.
He expressed his readiness to present the photocopies of correspondence between the leaders of the sects, in which American ringleaders instructed their Armenian followers to refuse alternative military service. It is remarkable that the law regulating the activities of religious organizations bans a religious organization working in Armenia from being managed and financed from abroad.
Amaryan said that Jehovah’s Witnesses have doubled the number of their supporters in Armenia in five years. Their number has reached 25,000. The chairman of the centre maintains that the number of followers of destructive religious organizations is over 100,000. He criticized the concept of regulating the activities of religious organizations prepared by the Armenian government’s commission on religion and ethnic minorities.
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“According to this concept, Jehovah’s Witnesses will be granted the same rights as the Armenian Apostolic Church,” Amaryan said. He also recalled that the Council of Europe has adopted a resolution on a number of destructive religion organizations, recommending the exposure of totalitarian and other destructive sects in the media.