Uzbekistan Closes Down Jehovah’s Witnesses in Ferghana

TASHKENT — Aug 25 (Interfax)– The authorities in the Ferghana region of Uzbekistan have decided to close the local division of Jehovah’s Witnesses for illegal activities, a source in the regional justice department told Interfax on Friday.

“Based on the results of monitoring Jehovah’s Witnesses operations and complaints from the public, the Ferghana regional justice department board decided to close this organization in compliance with the law on the freedom of conscience and religious organizations,” the source said.

The source said the regional administration and justice department had received numerous complaints about “the indecent behavior of Jehovah’s Witnesses.”

The source said that in the process of monitoring the sect several abuses in its operations were discovered.

The division of Jehovah’s Witnesses operating in Ferghana was registered on August 18, 1999.


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Aug. 25, 2006
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