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  1. Mingachevir: Challenge to illegal police raid fails On 18 September 2018, Judge Elchin Huseynov of Sheki Appeal Court rejected a civil case brought by four Jehovah’s Witnesses, Eldar Aliyev, Maryam Aliyeva, Elchin Bakirov and Bahruz Kerimov, against an illegal police raid on a worship meeting, according to the decision seen by Forum 18. Police had raided a Jehovah’s Witness meeting in Aliyev’s home in the north-western town of Mingachevir on 9 January 2016. Mingachevir City Court then fined Aliyev 1,500 Manats in March 2016, and Sheki Appeal Court upheld the fine the following month. The four lodged a civil suit to Mingachevir City Court, seeking redress for the police’s illegal entry into Aliyev’s home without a court order or search warrant, their “detention, verbal insults and humiliation”, and seizure of personal literature. But the court rejected the suit on 25 May 2018.
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  2. ChinaAid reports that 18 individuals have been indicted in Xinjiang, 17 for “using an evil religion organization” to “incite the obstruction of law enforcement,” and one of them for “obstructing law enforcement by organizing and using an evil religious organization.” ChinaAid also provides the names of all these indicted and further details. The formulae mentioned by ChinaAid correspond to Art. 300 of the Chinese Criminal Code, which establishes jail penalties of three to seven years “or more” for “using a xie jiao” (sometimes translated as “evil cult” and in ChinaAid article as “evil religious organization,” while scholars point out that “heterodox teachings” would be a better translation). The formula “using a xie jiao for obstructing the law enforcement” (or “inciting the obstruction of law enforcement”) is also customary. While Chinese propaganda abroad insists that Art. 300 is only enforced against members of groups the CCP labels as xie jiao, including Falun Gong and The Church of Almighty God, who commit serious crimes, this case confirms once again that this interpretation is false. “Using a xie jiao for obstructing law enforcement” is a rhetoric formula used as a synonymous for “being active in an illegal religious organization.” In fact, the 18 Jehovah’s Witnesses were accused of “spreading superstition and heresy” and of inciting people not to join the CCP (Witnesses are forbidden by their religion from joining any political organization), not of any other crime. It is clear that Art. 300 is enforced against those who gather to profess, or spread, a banned faith, a typical “crime of conscience.” No other crime is required. It is the first time that Art. 300 is applied for a general crackdown against the Jehovah’s Witnesses. As far as Bitter Winter knows, they are not included in the current list of the xie jiao, yet the indictment in Xinjiang implies that they are regarded as a xie jiao. In fact, we have learned that recently pastors of the Three-Self Church insisted that the list of the xie jiao should be expanded, including new groups they regard as “heretic” (and perhaps as too successful in converting members of the same Three-Self Church). Read more:
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  3. he 23-year-old Jehovah's Witness Muhammetali Saparmyradov was jailed for one year in March for refusing compulsory military service on grounds of conscience. He has joined 11 other jailed conscientious objectors in the labour camp in Seydi. Labour camp officials refused to discuss their prison conditions with Forum 18. Another conscientious objector to Turkmenistan's compulsory military service has been jailed. A court in the south-eastern town of Bayramaly sentenced 23-year-old Muhammetali Saparmyradov to one year's imprisonment in March. He has since joined 11 other jailed conscientious objectors in the labour camp in Seydi in eastern Turkmenistan. All are Jehovah's Witnesses. Saparmyradov is the second Jehovah's Witness conscientious objector known to have been jailed so far in 2019. Eleven are known to have been jailed in 2018, 10 of whom are still serving their sentences (see below). The 12 Jehovah's Witnesses imprisoned for their conscientious objection to military service - all aged between 18 and 25 – are serving one or two year jail terms (see full list below) Turkmenistan offers no alternative service for those unable to perform compulsory military service on grounds of conscience. The United Nations and the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe have repeatedly called for the government to introduce such an alternative (see below). Turkmenistan has ignored 11 United Nations Human Rights Committee Decisions – the most recent published in April - that jailing conscientious objectors violated their rights. It also ignored another Decision published in April that the rights of two Jehovah's Witnesses jailed on fabricated pornography charges were violated (see below). Conscientious objector jailed in Bayramaly Muhammetali Charygeldiyevich Saparmyradov (born 11 November 1995) is a Jehovah's Witness from Bayramaly in Mary Region, east of the capital Ashgabad. He refused his regular call-up to compulsory military service. Prosecutors then brought a case against Saparmyradov under Criminal Code Article 219, Part 1 ("Rejecting call-up to military service"). They handed his case to Bayramaly City Court. At his trial on 19 March, the Judge sentenced him to one year's ordinary regime labour camp, Jehovah's Witnesses told Forum 18. As Saparmyradov had not been held in pre-trial detention, he was arrested immediately after the court hearing. Saparmyradov and his mother decided not to appeal against his conviction, Jehovah's Witnesses added. The authorities then transferred Saparmyradov to serve his sentence at the ordinary regime labour camp in the desert near Seydi, in Lebap Region. (The prison now seems to use the designation LB-E/12, not LB-K/12.) Many other prisoners of conscience jailed to punish them for exercising the right to freedom of religion or belief have been held in the camp, where torture is said to be routine and prisoners are denied their freedom of religion and belief and other rights. The address of the Seydi Labour Camp is: 746222 Lebap velayat Seydi uchr. LB-E/12 Turkmenistan Saparmyradov was the second conscientious objector known to have been jailed in 2019. The first, Azamatjan Narkulyev, was given a one-year jail term on 7 January. Read more:
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  4. 4 p.m., Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, East Hills Congregation, 35 Joseph St., Windber. John Henderson Company Funeral Home, 215 Central Ave.
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  5. Tulie Francoise Pierre, 82, of Rotonda West, Florida died Sunday, June 9, 2019 at home. Tulie was born April 13, 1937 in Haiti and immigrated to the United States in 1965. She was a retired dietary aide/ nursing assistant in Jersey City, New Jersey. She and her husband J. Emile moved to Florida from Roselle, NJ 15 years ago. She was a member of Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, Englewood, Florida. She is survived by her loving family, her husband J. Emile Pierre of Rotonda West, FL; four daughters, A. Marjorie Maurice-Emile of Morris Plains, NJ, Gina Rene Cham of Newark, NJ, Tamar Emile of East Orange, NJ and Nancy Toussaint of Sugar Land, TX; two sons Jean Marie Robert Grava of Irvington, NJ and Harry Grava of Newark, NJ; four sisters, Marie Therese St. Jour of Irvington, NJ, Marie France Zamilus of Port Charlotte, FL and Gertrude Pompee St. Petersburg, FL; Michael-Ange Ridore of Port Charlotte, FL; 12 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild. Visitation will be held Friday, June 14, 2019 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Roberson Funeral Home, 2151 Tamiami Trail, Port Charlotte, FL 33948. Funeral services will be held Saturday 1:30 PM, June 15, 2019 at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 9654 Gulfstream Blvd., Englewood, FL34224. Entombment will follow at Restlawn Memorial Gardens in Port Charlotte. Memorial contribution in lieu of flowers may be made to the Kingdom Hall or a favorite charity. Friends may visit online at www.robersonfh.com to extend condolences to the family. Arrangements by Roberson Funeral Home Port Charlotte Chapel.
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  6. BY: MICHAEL YOUNG 7:30 AM ON JUNE 15, 2019 Excavation and the insertion of pilings have commenced for a new 26-story, mixed-use structure at 30 Front Street in DUMBO, Brooklyn. Hill West Architects will be responsible for the design, while Fortis Property Group is the developer of the 360,000-square-foot project that will stand 270 feet tall and come with 74 apartments, averaging 2,400 square feet apiece. Photos were taken by Tectonic and show the current state of construction. The site was previously occupied by a parking lot for the Jehovah’s Witnesses’ former headquarters, famous for its prominent Watchtower sign. The plot at 30 Front Street was the last piece of real estate the group sold off, which concluded a seven-year process of relocating to Warwick, New York. Read more:
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  8. Desde las 09:20 de este viernes se desarrolla en la ciudad la asamblea internacional de los testigos de Jehová, un evento que se desarrolla cada cuatro años en distintos países. La cita en la que participan ecuatorianos y 5.300 delegados de 45 países se desarrolla en el estadio Monumental. Luego de la inauguración de la asamblea, que se mantendrá hasta el próximo domingo 16 de junio, se desarrolla una serie de reflexiones en torno a pasajes bíblicos. Leer más:
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  9. The annual event is expected to bring in more than $3 million in revenues for local businesses WRITTEN BY HOLLY HERMAN READING, PA — By midmorning Saturday, more than 500 volunteers checked in to the Santander Arena, scrubbing the arena to make it spotless for the 14th annual Jehovah's Witness annual conference in downtown Reading. “We love coming to Reading,” Kelvin Wilson, convention spokesman said, walking through the arena, greeting volunteers. “It's beautiful here. We will be worshipping here for the next three weekends. We stay in the hotels and dine in the restaurants. Wilson said members have booked more than 2,500 hotel nights for the event, bringing an estimated $3 million in revenues for downtown businesses. “We are getting ready to worship here,” Wilson said, noting the volunteers are also cleaning the parking garage for the arena and spruced up the landscaping. By the day's end, more than 800 volunteers from 120 congregations throughout southeastern and central Pennsylvania cleansed the stadium to prepare for three weekends of family festivities and worship. This year's convention theme, “Love Never Fails,” focuses on loving thy neighbors. Read more:
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  10. (CNN)While a civil case from a woman alleging she was raped by soccer mega star Cristiano Ronaldo was voluntarily dismissed in Nevada state court last month, it remains open in US federal court, an attorney for the accuser told CNN on Wednesday. Multiple media outlets previously reported that Kathryn Mayorga's lawsuit was "quietly dropped." However that's not the case, attorney Larissa Drohobyczer said to CNN. "The state case was dismissed by us because we filed the identical claims in federal court due to federal court's rules on serving foreigners," Drohobyczer said. "We basically just switched venues, but the claims remain."
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