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This tragic story has been developing over the last couple of days in Venezuela. There is a mixture of reports and accounts coming in....

Two Jehovah's Witnesses (and fleshly sisters) aged 71 and 65, where found murdered. A 26 year male suspect has been arrested.

In the apartment where the two where found dead, the words "Death to witnesses" (“Muerte a los testigos”) had been scrawled onto one of the walls.

 

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The two different sources in Spanish state that the two old ladies were Jehovah's witnesses... let me see if  I can translate them later :) 

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Venezuela itself has been and is relatively dangerous now with all the things taking place prior leading to what the country is now and possibly for the future.

Brazil as a whole is dangerous.

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It is a shame that Sister Best, and Sister Joseph did not have Brother Smith, and Brother Wesson there to save their lives.

On 11/28/2017 at 9:55 PM, AllenSmith said:

The victims were identified as Milta Mireya Joseph Best, 71, and Cecilia Josefina Joseph (65). The police estimated a 48-hour death date.

 

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      By Guest Nicole
      Los testigos de Jehová,  Edgar Medina y Argenis Romero visitaron la sala de El luchador para invitar a todos nuestros lectores este fin de semana a una asamblea la cual lleva por nombre “No se rinda, siga cumpliendo la ley de Cristo”.
      Esta actividad está pautada para el próximo  sábado 09 y domingo 10 de diciembre a partir de las 9:40 am hasta las 3:55pm, se realizará en el salón de asamblea La Ceiba, ubicado en el kilometro 75 de la autopista Puerto Ordaz, Ciudad Bolívar.
      Es importante resaltar que será totalmente gratuita, también que este programa está basado en su totalidad en La Biblia por lo tanto va dirigido a todas las personas, con la finalidad de rescatar los valores de la sociedad. 
      http://elluchador.info/web/2017/12/07/testigos-de-jehova-invitan-a-una-asamblea-este-fin-de-semana/

    • Guest Nicole
      By Guest Nicole
      A 57-year-old Perth woman is facing a life jail term after being found guilty of murdering her elderly mother and burying her body in a shallow hole in the back yard of their home, in a crime that prosecutors said was motivated by "palpable dislike and hatred".
      Helen Levina was found guilty by a Supreme Court jury of inflicting fatal injuries to 76-year-old Ella Hromaya, whose decomposing body was found in bizarre circumstances in March last year.
      The two women lived at the South Guildford house with Levina's daughter. After coming home early one afternoon, the daughter let the family's four dogs outside and later found one of them, a great dane, licking her grandmother's skull.
      The daughter, who can not be identified, immediately called police who found Ms Hromaya's body partially buried behind two wheelie bins, with a crate and a dog bed on top.
      It was alleged at her Supreme Court trial that Levina, who was her mother's official carer, had murdered her on February 22, before putting the body in the grave and pouring bleach over it to speed up decomposition.
      Also found in the grave were a knife and a pair of scissors, while a second knife was found in one of the wheelie bins.
      A post mortem examination found two injuries to Ms Hromaya's head and multiple stab wounds to her legs.
      Relationship soured
      Prosecutor David Davidson said the motivation for the crime was the "palpable dislike and hatred" Levina had for her mother, a "small, frail woman", who the court heard had lived with her and her family on and off for about 40 years.
      The jury heard from a neighbour who testified that about six months before the murder, Levina had said to him:
      "I have my mother living with me. I can't stand the f***ing b****. I want to kill her."
      In his closing address to the jury, Mr Davidson highlighted Levina's two video recorded interviews with police in which he said she described her mother as "it", and said that during her 24 years of marriage she would "just show up like a bad smell".
      Levina told detectives "there was always tension in the house" and readily admitted she wanted her mother to move out, saying "I just didn't want to see her".
      In the interviews, Levina claimed the last time she saw her mother was when she left the house with two Jehovah's Witnesses who had visited her before.
      She said the two came to the door and her mother, who was in her pyjamas, said to her "I'm ready".
      Levina said she asked, "Ready for what?" and her mother replied, "They're taking me to the place I'm going to live".
      Levina claimed she then saw her mother pack up everything, "including her winter pyjamas," and leave.
      She said she had not heard from, or seen, her since.
      There was evidence that Ms Hromaya had, through the Department of Housing, secured new accommodation and she had been due to collect the keys on February 23, but the court was told she did not show up.
      Read more: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-11-29/helen-levina-accused-murder-of-mother-buried-backyard-trial/9200874
    • Guest Nicole
      By Guest Nicole
      Con signos de violencia. Así fueron hallados, dentro de su apartamento, los cadáveres de dos hermanas en Ocumare del Tuy, estado Miranda.
      Tenían más de dos días sin ser vistas y los vecinos, junto a los miembros de una iglesia de Testigos de Jehová, a donde acudían las mujeres, se alarmaron. Para entrar al apartamento, bomberos debiero derribar la puerta principal del apartamento ubicado en el edificio 4 de la urbanización Cristóbal Rojas, mejor conocida como Parosca.
      Las vícimas fueron identificadas como    Milta Mireya Joseph Best, de 71 años, y Cecilia Josefina Joseph (65). La policía estimó una data de muerte de 48 horas.
      Medios capitalinos reseñaron ayer: la ausencia de las mujeres en la iglesia donde se congregaban como Testigos de Jehová alertó a sus hermanos de religión, quienes acudieron hasta su residencia, tocaron la puerta, pero nadie les respondió. Luego, conversaron con algunos vecinos y estos les informaron que tenían dos días sin verlas, así que dieron parte a las autoridades.
       
      Una comisión de la Policía Municipal de Lander acudió al sitio, de donde salía un fuerte olor. Bomberos mirandinos forzaron la reja para entrar al inmueble, en cuyo interior localizaron a las dos hermanas muertas y con signos de violencia.
      Una de las fallecidas quedó, en la sala, sobre una silla de plástico blanca, con las manos atadas. La otra fue hallada en una habitación. Ambas tenían contusiones y signos de estrangulamiento.  
      Vecinos y allegados a las víctimas repudiaron el doble homicidio. El Cicpc acudió al lugar y adelanta las indagatorias para determinar el móvil del hecho.
      La noche del domingo se informó que el Cicpc y Polilander detuvieron a tres hombres implicados en el asesinato de las dos hermanas de la urbanización  Parosca.
      http://www.panorama.com.ve/sucesos/Estrangularon-a-dos-hermanas-en-Ocumare-del-Tuy-20171128-0011.html
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      By Guest
      Venezuela: “We Swear We Were Gonna Pay You Back”
      It’s always fun and games until one country decides to miss a $200 million loan payment. Heavily-indebted, inflation-riddled Venezuela has officially defaulted on the first of (what should be) many loan payments.
      What went wrong? Well, it’s hard to pay off $60 billion in IOUs to bondholders with only $9 billion left in the bank. That, and the fact Venezuela's already late on $420 million worth of payments. 
      If you’re looking to point the finger at someone, aim it at President Maduro(labeled a “dictator” by the Trump administration) and his drug-slinging partner-in-crime, Vice President Tareck El Aissami. Together, they’ve shown little promise of reviving the nation. Look no further than Monday’s debt restructuring meeting, where international investors didn’t get the plan they had hoped for (or any at all)...but they did get some chocolate.
      Altogether, Venezuela holds $150 billion in sovereign debt. And with this latest default, you better believe investors are flashing back to 2012...when Greece shocked the world, defaulting on over $200 billion.
      http://morningbrew.cmail20.com/t/j-l-oirkudy-ydjytlddtu-yh/
    • Guest Nicole
      By Guest Nicole
      Barry W. Bussey: Last week, the Supreme Court was asked to do something courts never do: review the solely religious decision of a church
      On November 2, the Supreme Court of Canada was asked to do something Canadian courts never do: review the solely religious decision of a church community. Until now, the courts have recoiled from getting involved in religious disputes—and for good reason.
      The case involves Randy Wall, who was dismissed from a Jehovah’s Witness church for failing to repent of his religious offences: getting drunk on two occasions and verbally abusing his wife. Wall’s appeal to another church entity was unsuccessful. He then appealed to a court of law by means of “judicial review,” on the grounds that the church had denied him a proper hearing. 
      In Canadian law, in a process known as “judicial review,” a person can ask a court to “review” (i.e. hear) whether the decision of a “public actor” (such as a government licensing agency) was unfairly decided. Courts rarely review decisions of “private actors” (such as a church); they generally do so only if a private actor’s decision engages property or civil rights. In Wall’s case, the court had to determine whether the Jehovah’s Witness church’s decision involved property or contractual rights, which would then enable the court to review the church’s decision.
      "The church argued it was a private religious body, not a public body"
      The church argued it was a private religious body, not a public body, and that its decision did not affect Wall’s property or contractual rights. It also argued that its disciplinary procedure was a religious process involving prayer and scripture reading aimed at reconciling the relationship between Wall and the church. The lower courts both held that religious decisions can be reviewed by courts to determine whether a church gave a fair hearing, even if no property or contractual rights were engaged. However, both courts were also of the view that property rights were an issue in the case. The Supreme Court of Canada must now decide whether those courts were right. The Supreme Court reserved judgment after last week’s hearing; we can expect its decision early in the new year.
      Courts like to “fix things.” They naturally want to find resolutions to disputes; this is what they exist to do. However, courts have historically avoided getting involved in religious cases, recognizing that they lack the expertise and authority to settle religious disagreements. They handle legal cases, such as contractual disputes, but not religious cases that raise metaphysical truths, such as the definition of God.
      Wall argued his case did involve a “property right,” because his dismissal from his church meant the church members were no longer willing to do business with him. As a real estate agent, 50 per cent of his clientele were Jehovah’s Witnesses. His business folded from the loss of their support. He says there is a direct line of causation between his loss of church membership and business loss. It’s likely the case that one caused the other, but that doesn’t mean Wall’s claim is a legally enforceable property right. 
      "A church member is not required to patronize the business of a former church member"
      The reality is, Wall chose to limit his business to Jehovah’s Witnesses and took a personal risk in doing so. The church did not tell him to do so, and certainly there is no known legal principle that says a church is responsible for the economic losses that might flow from a loss of membership. A church member is not required to patronize the business of a former member. In the same way, we would not expect a former husband to maintain business with his ex-wife’s family.
      At last week’s hearing, Wall’s legal counsel tried to persuade the court that, if there are no grounds under Canadian law for the court to interfere in purely religious matters, the court should then consider adopting U.K. law, which does allow this type of review. “Good luck!” Justice Rosalie Abella quipped, prompting everyone to burst into laughter.
      That exchange suggested the court was not persuaded that it is time to change the law to allow courts to get tangled up in reviewing decisions of religious bodies. That would be a good thing, as courts don’t have the moral or legal authority or doctrinal expertise to decide such matters.
      This hearing occurred around the time of the 500-year anniversary of Martin Luther’s nailing of his 95 Theses to a church door in Wittenberg, Germany. If we have learned anything since then, it’s that the law does not need to apply to every nook and cranny of our lives – especially our religious affairs.
      Barry W. Bussey is Director Legal Affairs at the Canadian Council of Christian Charities. He blogs at lawandreligion.org
       
      http://nationalpost.com/opinion/courts-have-no-business-reviewing-religious-decisions
    • Guest Nicole
      By Guest Nicole
      The judicial committee of a congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses asked the Supreme Court of Canada today to rule that Canadian courts do not have the authority to review the expulsion of one of their members — arguing that judicial review by the courts should not extend to decisions by private and voluntary associations that have no effect on the public at large.
      The Highwood Congregation, located in northwest Calgary, brought its appeal to Ottawa after Randy Wall took the congregation to court for expelling him from the church. The congregation’s judicial committee “disfellowshipped” Wall in the spring of 2014 after his family reported to the group’s elders that he had been drunk on two occasions and was verbally and emotionally abusing them — and after determining he was not “not sufficiently repentant” for those actions.
      After three internal and unsuccessful appeals, Wall applied for judicial review of the congregation’s decision-making process, insisting it was flawed and that the congregation’s judicial committee had “breached the principles of natural justice and the duty to be fair.” Both the Court of Queen’s Bench and Court of Appeal in Alberta declared that it is within the jurisdiction of the superior court to review Wall’s case.
      The congregation’s appeal of those two rulings, heard by the Supreme Court Thursday morning, has attracted a lot of attention from legal experts and religious communities across the country. Echoing the congregation’s plea today in the packed Ottawa courtroom were 12 religious, political and civil liberties groups — all of them unanimous in arguing the top court should not interfere in the membership decisions of religious bodies.
      The consequences of such interference, they said, would be detrimental to the self-determination of religious groups.
      “It (would) fundamentally alter our nation and not for the better,” counsel for the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms said in court.
      “The wish or desire of one person to associate with an unwilling person (or an unwilling group) is not a legal right of any kind,” the group wrote in its written submission to the Supreme Court. “For a court, or the government, to support such a ‘right’ violates the right of self-determination of the unwilling parties.”
      This question of jurisdiction is one that has been explored and decided on by the courts — including the Supreme Court of Canada — in the past. Case law shows the top court has recognized the the autonomous ability of religious and private voluntary associations to govern their own affairs and dictate who can and cannot be a member of a congregation.
      The courts have determined, however, there is room to intervene in specific cases when a membership decision turns on property or civil rights — or is of “sufficient importance to deserve the intervention of the court.”
      Wall — who does not dispute the allegations against him that formed the basis of the congregation’s decision to kick him out — argues his case meets those requirements because his “disfellowship” caused him to lose business clients, suffer “significant economic harm” and experience fraught family relations.
      In return, the congregation argues that neither Wall’s property rights, nor his civil rights, were affected by their decision. Justice Russell Brown also remarked during the hearing that “one does not have a justiciable right to earn a living.”
      The congregation also argued that it did not ask or force its members to boycott Wall’s business — but people choose to do so in line with their religious convictions. Counsel for the congregation also said that “the door is not closed” to Wall and he can be reinstated in the congregation in the future.
      More generally, the congregation argued that it would be inappropriate for the courts to review the internal decision-making processes of religious groups because those processes are ecclesiastical.
      In a news release, the Association for Reformed Political Action — one of the 12 intervening groups — said the case before the Supreme Court has “profound implications for the separation of church and state” and it believes the court should maintain a hands-off approach to membership decision-making by religious groups.
      “Secular judges have no authority and no expertise to review a church membership decision,” the association’s director of law and policy, André Schutten, wrote in the statement. “Church discipline is a spiritual matter falling within spiritual jurisdiction, not a legal matter falling within the courts’ civil jurisdiction. The courts should not interfere.”
      The Canadian Muslim Lawyers Association took a slightly more nuanced position, arguing in its factum that “there will inevitably be cases where judicial intervention in the decisions of religious groups is ‘warranted'” but courts “should intervene … only in the rare case where required by a prevailing public interest.”
      Thursday’s hearing was heard by all nine justices on the Supreme Court bench. Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin said the court will reserve its decision after today’s hearing.
      Overflow seating was set up in the front hall of the Supreme Court to accommodate all the people who came to see the hearing live.
      http://ipolitics.ca/2017/11/02/church-congregation-asks-top-court-to-keep-hands-off-membership-decisions/
    • Guest Nicole
      By Guest Nicole
      Nació en una familia testigo de Jehová, se casó muy joven y vivió años de violencia, maltrato y humillaciones. Sin el apoyo de la congregación, terminó expulsada buscando su felicidad.

      “Creo que todos tenemos un llamado interior que nos dice qué nos hace felices y qué no, y cuando no lo sos si podes cambiarlo hay que hacerlo”, contó Graciela Quipildor, más conocida como La Quipi, a InformateSalta. Es que ella es dueña de una historia de quiebres y superación que muestra los vejámenes y el destierro de quien es expulsado de una congregación, en este caso testigos de Jehová.
      “Nací en una familia testigo de Jehová y lo fui hasta los 29 cuando me divorcié y fui excluida”. Se casó muy joven, a los 22, con alguien que profesaba la misma fe que ella. El matrimonio duró seis años y medio, terminó con un divorcio sobreexpuesto, muy desfavorable para ella, “me quedé sin nada”. 
      Transcurrido el primer aniversario, su marido cambió “comenzamos a tener problemas, se transformó en otra persona, se volvió un hombre violento, me maltrataba de todas las maneras posibles y cuando yo pedí ayuda a los ancianos de la congregación, que vendrían a ser el equivalente a un pastor o un cura solo me citaba un texto de la biblia que dice que la mujer sabia edifica su casa y la necia la destruye y me daban consejos para que yo no lo haga enojar”.
      Leer más: http://informatesalta.com.ar/noticia/126808/graciela-quipildor-una-historia-de-quiebre-y-libertad
    • Guest Nicole
      By Guest Nicole
      En los últimos meses, Venezuela ha sido el escenario de intensas protestas, elecciones controvertidas, liberación de políticos presos y otros acontecimientos que avanzan a un ritmo frenético.
      A pesar de la tensión que se vive en el país, la agenda del gobierno de Nicolás Maduro se ha cumplido, con la instalación el viernes de una polémica Asamblea Nacional Constituyente que reformará el Estado y redactará una nueva Constitución.
      Esta semana ocurrieron eventos sin precedentes dentro del clima de enfrentamiento político entre un gobierno que denuncia a la oposición de ser terrorista y una disidencia que lo acusa de haber instalado una dictadura.
      Leer más: http://www.bbc.com/mundo/noticias-america-latina-40841072
    • Guest Nicole
      By Guest Nicole
      Aunque las calles de Maracaibo permanecen desoladas por la tensión política que atraviesa el país debido a las polémicas elecciones de la Asamblea Nacional Constituyente (ANC) que convocó el presidente Nicolás Maduro, los Testigos de Jehová no se intimidaron y salieron a predicar sus creencias casa por casa.
      En un recorrido de NAD se observó a los creyentes de esta religión con paragua en mano tocando timbres y puertas para llevar su mensaje de las escrituras.
      Este domingo, la capital zuliana amaneció con las calles llenas de barricadas y escombros que forman parte de la agenda de protestas de la Unidad Nacional en contra del gobierno y de la ANC. En lo que va de día se han registrados varios focos de violencia en la calle Falcón y en la Urbanización El Naranjal.
      Asimismo, se han observado gran cantidad de funcionarios de seguridad recorriendo las calles de la ciudad para evitar mayores hechos de violencia y como parte del cumplimiento del Plan República.
      http://noticiaaldia.com/2017/07/los-testigos-jehova-no-los-paran-las-guarimbas-las-barricadas-la-constituyente/



    • Guest Nicole
      By Guest Nicole
      José Rojas /jose.rojas@diariodelosandes.com .-
      Los Testigos de Jehová del estado Trujillo se preparan para celebrar su asamblea regional correspondiente al año en curso. El tema de este evento, que es una especie de foro abierto al público en general, es ¡No se rinda!, contentivo de discursos breves basados en la Biblia que se van a escuchar en dicho evento los cuales darán mucha esperanza a los oyentes con respecto a todos los problemas que aquejan al ser humano en todo el mundo pronto serán eliminados por Dios.
      El pasado fin de semana, en los pueblos merideños de Timotes y Chachopo, se realizó la asamblea regional ¡No se rinda!, junto a las otras congregaciones de la zona del páramo merideño. Entre el viernes 11 y el domingo 13 de agosto del presente año, en la Casa de la Cultura de la ciudad zuliana de Mene Grande, celebrarán su asamblea regional los integrantes de esta organización religiosa de dicha ciudad, de las poblaciones de Bachaquero, San Timoteo, El Venado y La Línea, más los de las poblaciones trujillanas del Tres de Febrero, Santa Isabel y El Tigre. El mismo fin de semana, en el gimnasio cubierto José Gregorio Quintero de la ciudad de Boconó, ubicado en la avenida Emiro Cordones, se reunirán para su asamblea respectiva, los Testigos de Jehová y personas amigas de Santa Ana de Trujillo, Burbusay, Boconó, Tostós, Niquitao y Campo Elías, junto a los de las poblaciones del estado Portuguesa vecinas a Boconó, como Chabasquén, Biscocuy y Las Cruces.
      En la ciudad de Valera,  se llevará a cabo la asamblea regional   desde hoy viernes 21 hasta el domingo 23 de julio, en el Domo Bolivariano ubicado en Carmania, en la vía Valera-La Puerta. A esta asistirán las congregaciones y grupos organizados de La Mesa de Esnujaque, Tuñame, Jajó, La Puerta, Mendoza Fría, Escuque, Campo Alegre, Pie de Sabana, Las Mesetas de Chimpire, Carache, Chejendé, Cuicas, la Gran Parada Andina, este de Pampanito, Torococo, El Paradero, Palo Alzado, del estado Portuguesa; San Lázaro, El Dividive, Monte Carmelo, Agua Santa, y las de las poblaciones merideñas de Arapuey y Las Virtudes.
      El siguiente fin de semana, del jueves 27 al sábado 29 de julio, allí mismo en el Domo, en Carmania, se reunirán los Testigos de Jehová y los interesados en el programa de este evento, de Betijoque, Sara Linda, de la congregación Carvajal, La Quebrada, Flor de Patria, Los Silos de Monay, Monay, oeste de Pampanito, Trujillo, Sabana de Mendoza, Kilómetro 23, central Valera, El Valle-Valera, La Beatriz y sur de Valera, junto a los de las congregaciones de Nueva Bolivia y Caja Seca, de los estados Mérida y Zulia, respectivamente.  
      La información la ofreció Oswaldo de Jesús Briceño Abreu, uno de los encargados del Servicio de Noticias de la región de los Testigos de Jehová de Venezuela.
       
      Horario de las asambleas
      El programa comenzará los tres días a las 9 y 20 de la mañana y finalizará a media tarde, con una pausa corta al mediodía para que los asistentes descansen y disfruten de los almuerzos que cada quien llevará desde su casa.
      http://www.diariodelosandes.com/index.php?r=site/noticiasecundaria&id=50390
    • Guest Nicole
      By Guest Nicole
      Ciudad Guayana.-Los Testigos de Jehová de Puerto Ordaz, San Félix y Ciudad Bolívar, estarán reuniéndose en el estadio de béisbol La Ceiba, ubicado en San Félix, a un lado de la avenida Centurión, los días 21, 22 y 23 de este mes en curso, y los días 4,5 y 6 de agosto para celebrar la Asamblea Anual con el tema: “¡No se rinda!” que tendrá como atención principal orientar a los asistentes en hacer lo que es excelente y aguantar las pruebas, así lo dio a conocer Domingo Fernández, superintendente, acompañado de Jorge Falck, auxiliar.
      Jesucristo dijo: “El que haya aguantado hasta el fin es el que será salvo”. ?Cómo podemos tomar en cuenta sus palabras?, ¡Cómo suministra el Dios Todopoderoso aguante y consuelo?, ¿Qué puede ayudar a los cristianos a cultivar las cualidades necesarias para aguantar las dificultades?, son tan solo algunas de las preguntas que serán contestadas a lo largo del programa preparado para esta Asamblea, apuntaron.
      Indicaron que por medio de discursos, presentaciones, lecturas bíblicas dramatizadas, películas y vídeos musicales se mostrará cómo Jehová suministra aguante y consuelo a los débiles y deprimidos, a los necesitados, a los huérfanos y también a las personas mayores. A las familias se les instruirá en cómo proteger a los hijos de lo que es malo, a no rendirse ante el temor y qué hacer para no fracasar nunca.
      Los Testigos de Jehová, están convencidos de que el mensaje positivo y las sugerencias prácticas que se presentarán en su Asamblea Regional 2017, serán de provecho para todos los que asistan. La invitación está abierta a todo el público ya que la entrada será gratuita, pues las Asambleas de los Testigos de Jehová se sufraga enteramente mediante contribuciones voluntarias.
      Según, el programa durante los 3 días que durará la Asamblea, comenzará a las 9:00 de la mañana culminará a las 4:30 de la tarde, con intermedio al medio día y está será una de las 102 asambleas regionales que se celebrarán en las ciudades más importantes de Venezuela. Ellos, esperan contar con una asistencia de entre 8 mil a 10 mil personas por asamblea, no obstante explicaron que en todo el mundo hay más de 8 mil Testigos organizados en más de 119.000 congregaciones.
      http://www.nuevaprensa.com.ve/node/20838
    • Guest Nicole
      By Guest Nicole
      LILONGWE, Malawi – Two teenage witnesses of Jehovah , Aaron Mankhamba, 18, and Hastings Mtambalika, 15 are now having reasons to smile after they were expelled from school in Malawi.
      The two were sent out of school for their courageous stand in refusing to sing the National Anthem. But the school that expelled has recalled after learning about their faith.
      Besides, the school, according to their website, jw.org also exempted other witness children from the morning ritual os singing the National Anthem.
      “On May 3, 2017, Aaron Mankhamba, 18, and Hastings Mtambalika, 15, two children of Jehovah’s Witnesses, were allowed to return to school after being expelled from the Khombe Primary School because of their refusal to sing the national anthem during a school assembly.
      “The students had been barred from attending classes since February 13, 2017. They were reinstated after the boys’ parents and representatives from the branch office of Jehovah’s Witnesses appealed to school officials”, the JWs said in a statement.
      During their discussions, the branch representatives were aided by two letters from the Malawi government that they were able to show the school officials.
      “One letter from 1997, actually addressed to Jehovah’s Witnesses in Malawi, gave formal recognition for Jehovah’s Witnesses to be exempt from singing the national anthem. The other letter, from 2017, encouraged educators to respect students’ freedom of religion”, tjemJWs said.
      Hastings explains that the reinstatement came at a critical moment in the school year, since national exams were approaching: “We were so worried that we wouldn’t be able to sit for the national examinations. The opportunity to participate in these exams comes only once a year.” Failure to pass the national exams may have meant the students would have to repeat the grade.
      Augustine Semo, a spokesman for Jehovah’s Witnesses in Malawi, states: “The students are happy that their conscientious stand has been respected, and we thank the school administration for choosing to uphold freedom of religion and welcome these students back to class.”
      http://starconnectmedia.com/teenage-witnesses-expelled-for-their-faith-return-to-school/
    • Guest Nicole
      By Guest Nicole
      El Sol de Margarita / 27 Abr, 2017 | Charles Carrillo y Edward Rodríguez, representantes de los Testigos de Jehová en Nueva Esparta, lamentaron que el Tribunal Supremo de Justicia de Rusia decidiera disolver el Centro Administrativo de esta religión en dicho país.

      Aseguraron que este veredicto marca un día negro para las libertades fundamentales en Rusia y es punto culminante para la campaña discriminatoria de ese gobierno destinada restringir la libertad de culto de los Testigos de Jehová.

      Reseñaron que en Rusia existen 175.000 testigos de Jehová. Esta decisión será apelada en organismos internacionales.
      http://www.entornointeligente.com/articulo/9915508/VENEZUELA-Testigos-de-Jehova-insulares-lamentan-situacion-en-Rusia
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