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  3. In case you needed another reason to care about the climate crisis, it has been found that pollution is causing human penises to shrink. A leading epidemiologist and environmental scientist has published a book which examines the link between industrial chemicals and penile length. Dr Shanna Swan's book, Count Down, argues that our modern world is altering humans' reproductive development and threatening the future of our species. The book outlines how pollution is leading to higher rates of erectile dysfunction, fertility decline, and growing numbers of babies born with small penises. Though the headline fact about shrinkage may sound like a laughing matter, the research paints a bleak portrait of humanity's longevity and ability to survive.
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  4. Familiares de Federico G贸mez creen que "padec铆a persecuci贸n, hostigamiento y discriminaci贸n" de parte de integrantes de la comunidad de Testigos de Jehov谩. Y buscan que se contemple la hip贸tesis de "instigaci贸n al suicidio". Una organizaci贸n pide a la Justicia de la provincia de Misiones que se investigue si Federico G贸mez fue instigado al suicidio luego de ser sometido a "terapias de conversi贸n" por su orientaci贸n sexual por parte de miembros de los Testigos de Jehov谩. "Ante la reciente aparici贸n sin vida del joven misionero, Federico G贸mez, 100% Diversidad y Derechos le pidi贸 al juez que instruye la causa, Leonardo Manuel Balanda G贸mez, que contemple como hip贸tesis de la investigaci贸n el prejuicio a su orientaci贸n sexual como elemento central del posible sometimiento a una 'terapia de conversi贸n' y la consecuente instigaci贸n al suicidio de la que podr铆a haber sido v铆ctima", sostuvo la asociaci贸n en un comunicado. Familiares del joven fallecido afirman adem谩s que Federico "padec铆a persecuci贸n, hostigamiento y discriminaci贸n por parte de Testigos de Jehov谩". G贸mez formaba parte del culto, aunque "en el 煤ltimo tiempo hab铆a dejado de frecuentar" la asociaci贸n religiosa, comentan.
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  5. Two years ago, Russian activist Vladimir Kara-Murza pointed out that Vladimir Putin鈥檚 Russia had more political prisoners than the USSR did when Andrey Sakharov began calling attention to them in the USSR in 1976 (rferl.org/a/activist-number-of-political-prisoners-in-russia-twice-what-it-was-in-ussr/30048022.html). In period since Kara-Murza made that calculation, Ellen Leafstedt of St. Antony鈥檚 College in Oxford says, the numbers of political prisoners in Russia have only increased and indeed continue to rise. In an article for the Riddle portal, she suggests that it is important to recognize their diversity (ridl.io/ru/nakazanie-bez-prestuplenija/). One can divide them into two categories, 鈥減eople who land in prison for public expression of their political convictions and those who represent minorities who are deprived of their freedom for religious affiliations and convictions. The latter category is the more numerous, Leafstedt says. Among the most numerous of the second category are those charged with terrorism for their affiliation with groups like Hizb ut-Tahrir. Rapidly growing in number are Jehovah鈥檚 Witnesses whose denomination the Russian Supreme Court declared to be an extremist organization. Read more:
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  6. El tribunal de Abak谩n, capital de la rep煤blica rusa de Jakasia, declar贸 a Valentina Baranovskaya culpable de 鈥減articipaci贸n en una organizaci贸n prohibida鈥. Desde el 2017 est谩 en firme una ley que le proh铆be a los ciudadanos de Rusia ser testigos de Jehov谩 por ser considerado por el Ministerio de Justicia como un 鈥渕ovimiento extremista鈥, el mismo t茅rmino con el que se puede se帽alar a una organizaci贸n terrorista, a una secta, o a un grupo al margen de la ley.
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  7. Torre贸n.- La Polic铆a Investigadora de Delitos detuvo a dos hombres se帽alados como los presuntos responsables del asesinato de siete miembros de una familia en Ciudad Ju谩rez, Chihuahua. La informaci贸n proporcionada por la Vicefiscal铆a Regi贸n Laguna del Estado de Durango permiti贸 conocer que los supuestos homicidas responden a los nombres de Josu茅 Alfonso y Jos茅 Alfonso, quienes tienen 34 y 56 a帽os de edad, respectivamente. Se precis贸 que ambos contaban con una orden de aprehensi贸n por la comisi贸n del delito de homicidio calificado y agravado en perjuicio de siete personas. El multihomicidio familiar del que se les acusa ocurri贸 el 17 de noviembre de 2013 en la colonia Morelos Zaragoza de Ciudad Ju谩rez. De acuerdo con lo sucedido, aquella familia asesinada pertenec铆a a una congregaci贸n de los Testigos de Jehov谩. Su ausencia en un evento de la misma desat贸 alarma y tras ello se conoci贸 lo ocurrido. Las autoridades descubrieron que Mar铆a del Carmen, de 60 a帽os; Rosa Mar铆a, de 30, Mar铆a del Carmen, de 28; Rub茅n Romero, de 28; Daniel, de 6; as铆 como Valeria y Abril de 4 a帽os, fueron apu帽alados en el pecho, cuello y abdomen.
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  8. Se trata del esperado juicio oral y p煤blico en el que ser谩n sentados en el banquillo de acusados Mat铆as Vargas y Vito Luciano Panza, a quienes la Fiscal铆a y la querella les endilgan delitos contra la integridad sexual en perjuicio de dos chicas de la congregaci贸n, que los denunciaron siendo adolescentes. Las audiencias ser谩n el 10, 11 y 12 de marzo, ante un Tribunal de Juicio compuesto por los jueces Carolina Castagno, Gustavo Pimentel y Elvio Garz贸n. El debate se iba a realizar el 6, 7 y 8 de mayo de 2020, en Paran谩, pero fue suspendido por la pandemia que paraliz贸 la actividad judicial. Seg煤n inform贸 Entre R铆os Ahora las autoridades judiciales decidieron cambiar la sede del debate oral y p煤blico: se realizar谩 en los Tribunales de La Paz. La causa se abri贸 en abril de 2017, cuando una joven de 18 a帽os denunci贸 en Facebook a los acusados, se帽al谩ndolos como abusadores. El escrito motiv贸 la intervenci贸n de la Secretar铆a de la Mujer de la Municipalidad de Santa Elena, que brind贸 contenci贸n a la joven y a su prima, que tambi茅n denunci贸 abusos. Ambas ratificaron sus dichos en el 谩mbito judicial, donde relataron que los hechos se dieron cuando ten铆an entre 8 y 11 a帽os. La investigaci贸n penal preparatoria estuvo a cargo del fiscal de La Paz, Facundo Barbosa, quien imput贸 a Vargas (de alrededor de 42 a帽os) y su cu帽ado Panza (32 a帽os). Al primero le atribuy贸 los delitos de abuso sexual gravemente ultrajante agravado, abuso sexual simple reiterados, agravado por ser cometido por ministro de culto, m谩s corrupci贸n de menores; en tanto, a su cu帽ado le endilg贸 abuso sexual gravemente ultrajante agravado y corrupci贸n de menores.
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  9. Ciudad Ju谩rez, Chihuahua.- Este viernes 5 de marzo fueron detenidos padre e hijo en Ciudad Ju谩rez, quienes presuntamente habr铆an asesinado a una familia utilizando armas blancas. Las v铆ctimas de tal suceso fueron cuatro adultos y tres menores de edad, quienes de acuerdo con elementos de la Polic铆a Investigadora de Delitos adscritos a la Vicefiscal铆a de La Laguna de Durango eran Testigos de Jehov谩. Los implicados que tienen una orden de aprehensi贸n por el delito de homicidio calificado, fueron entregados con las autoridades correspondientes, las cuales determinar谩n su situaci贸n jur铆dica por el homicidio de siete miembros de una familia. Read more:
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  10. Russian authorities opened a criminal case this week against five Jehovah鈥檚 Witnesses on suspicion of 鈥渙rganizing and participating in the activities of an extremist organization鈥 for allegedly promoting their namesake religious group, which is officially outlawed as an 鈥渆xtremist ideology鈥 in Russia. Russia鈥檚 Investigative Committee, its main federal investigating body, announced the criminal case in a statement issued March 4. Five residents of the city of Syktyvkar, in Russia鈥檚 northwestern Komi Republic, allegedly 鈥渃arried out active organizational actions aimed at continuation of the organization鈥檚 illegal activities and the involvement of new participants in it鈥 over a four-year period between 2017 and 2021. 鈥淚n particular, acting in secrecy, they carried out general management of the organization鈥檚 activities, coordinated illegal activities, organized and held meetings of members of a banned organization, and collected funds to finance the activities of a banned extremist organization,鈥 according to the statement. Read more:
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  11. RNS) 鈥 A female Jehovah鈥檚 Witness has been sentenced to two years in a Russian prison for practicing her faith, marking the first time the country has imprisoned a woman since a 2017 ruling that declared the faith group 鈥渆xtremist.鈥 Valentina Baranovskaya, 69, was sentenced Wednesday (Feb. 24) along with her son, Roman Baranovskiy, 46, who received a six-year sentence. 鈥淭oday, Judge Elena Shcherbakova ruthlessly imprisoned a harmless, elderly woman and her son on baseless charges,鈥 said Jarrod Lopes, spokesman for the Jehovah鈥檚 Witnesses. 鈥淭he ruling was a mockery of the rule of law 鈥 both international human rights law as well as Russia鈥檚 constitution, which protects religious freedom.鈥 In October, a Jehovah鈥檚 Witness named Yuriy Zalipayev was acquitted and shortly afterward six other members of the faith were given suspended sentences by a different judge.
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  12. Authorities are urging the Jehovah's Witnesses to contact them to get the ball rolling on the religious group's decision to join the national redress scheme for child sexual abuse survivors. The organisation says it will sign up because of new rules introduced by the federal government, which mean it would lose its charity status - and subsequent tax exemptions - for continuing to hold out. "Now that the law requires charities to join the scheme, Jehovah's Witnesses will comply," it said in a statement to AAP on Wednesday. "Jehovah's Witnesses believe that it is their responsibility before God to respect and co-operate with the authorities." A spokeswoman for Social Services Minister Anne Ruston has welcomed the statement but implored the organisation to contact authorities. "(We) encourage them to make urgent contact with the Department of Social Services so they can make good on this commitment," she told AAP. "It can take up to six months for institutions to complete the process of joining and the department would hope to work co-operatively and with haste to facilitate the Jehovah's Witnesses joining as quickly as possible. Read more:
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  13. Los Testigos de Jehov谩 pusieron al alcance de su comunidad biblias traducidas en decenas de idiomas, entre ellos el quechua, aymara y lengua de se帽as. El portavoz de los Testigos de Jehov谩 de Cochabamba, Javier Quino, inform贸 que, desde el lanzamiento en 2017, distribuyeron 6.520 biblias en aymara y 10.847 en quechua dentro del territorio nacional. Las traducciones de esos textos tambi茅n fueron repartidas en pa铆ses vecinos, como Argentina, Per煤 y Chile. HITOS Solo en 2020, esta religi贸n public贸 la Traducci贸n del Nuevo Mundo en 33 idiomas. 鈥淓sta es la mayor cantidad en un a帽o desde que se public贸 su primera traducci贸n en 1950鈥. Hasta el 31 de diciembre de 2020 estaba disponible en 195 lenguas. Uno de los muchos hitos en el trabajo de traducci贸n durante 2020 se alcanz贸 el 15 de febrero, cuando Geoffrey Jackson, miembro del Cuerpo Gobernante de los Testigos de Jehov谩, anunci贸 que hab铆a terminado de producirse la primera Biblia completa en lenguaje de se帽as americano. Hay proyecci贸n de publicar la Biblia, completa o en parte, en otros 36 idiomas durante esta gesti贸n 2021.
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  14. Robert Faircourt has been deaf since childhood, and American Sign Language is his primary language. While he learned English in school, reading and understanding the Bible has always been a challenge for the 74-year-old from West Valley City, who was baptized as a Jehovah鈥檚 Witness in 1969. Over the years, he has longed for a deeper connection with teachings of the Bible. Faircourt鈥檚 prayers were answered one year ago as the Jehovah鈥檚 Witnesses released what the church believes is the first complete Bible in American Sign Language, a text-to-video translation project that took more than 15 years to complete. Read more:
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  15. On 10 February, a court in the eastern Lebap Region jailed 20-year-old Jehovah's Witness conscientious objector Nazar Alliyev for one year for refusing compulsory military service. He is the seventh conscientious objector known to have been jailed so far in 2021. All had offered to perform an alternative civilian service, but Turkmenistan does not offer this. Turkmenistan has rejected repeated United Nations calls to introduce such a service. Courts jailed six Jehovah's Witness conscientious objectors in January, five of them within the space of two days. As all six had already served earlier sentences on the same charges, courts handed all of them a two-year jail term, five of them in a strict-regime labour camp (see below). The jailing of Alliyev brings to 15 the number of young conscientious objectors to military service known to have been convicted and to be currently serving jail sentences (see full list below). This new case brings to 31 the number of known convictions and jailings of conscientious objectors since Turkmenistan resumed such jailings in January 2018. All of them are Jehovah's Witnesses. An increasing number of conscientious objectors to military service are serving second sentences for the same "crime". Nine of the current 15 known conscientious objector prisoners 鈥 including all six sentenced in January - are serving second sentences (see below).
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  16. La sombra de la muerte sigue afectando a la familia S谩nchez en Oca帽a, reconocida por tener entre sus integrantes a personas emprendedoras y artistas, que han tenido que despedir por cuenta de la desmedida violencia que azota a esta poblaci贸n de Norte de Santander. El macabro hecho reciente ocurri贸 la noche del lunes, cuando Luis Emel S谩nchez Navarro, un reconocido comerciante del mercado de Oca帽a, lleg贸 a entregar uno de sus apartamentos en arriendo a Edwin Alejandro P谩ez Salazar, a quien dos pistoleros ya ten铆an planeado asesinarlo minutos despu茅s. Justo cuando los dos hombres estaban terminando de negociar el contrato, dos desconocidos que se movilizaban en una motocicleta se les acercaron y le dispararon inicialmente a P谩ez, de 31 a帽os. Sin embargo, en medio del ataque, S谩nchez Navarro de 48 a帽os recibi贸 un disparo en el cuello. Dolor en la familia Los dolientes de Luis Emel S谩nchez aseguraron que, 茅l siempre se dedic贸 a trabajar para darles el sustento a sus pap谩s. Empez贸 vendiendo v铆veres en la plaza de mercado y luego tambi茅n incursion贸 en la finca ra铆z. Su devoci贸n religiosa lo llev贸 a pertenecer a un grupo de testigos de Jehov谩. 鈥淟os pistoleros segaron la vida de un hombre bueno, bondadoso, excelente persona鈥, dijo uno de sus familiares. Adem谩s, record贸 que hace un mes, tambi茅n fue asesinado el m煤sico Alfredo Jaime S谩nchez, uno de sus primos, quien fue atacado a balazos en medio de un atraco, cuando acababa de retirar un dinero de un banco. 鈥淟os delincuentes nos est谩n causando mucho da帽o y dolor鈥, dijo el familiar de la v铆ctima. Leer m谩s:
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  17. Russian authorities have detained and placed under house arrest a Jehovah鈥檚 Witness in Siberia amid a continued crackdown on the religious group, which was labeled as extremist and banned in the country in 2017. The Investigative Committee said in a statement on February 17 that a 53-year-old resident of the town of Belovo in the Kemerovo region was placed under house arrest on suspicion of organizing a Jehovah鈥檚 Witnesses "cell." The man, whose identity was not disclosed, refused to cooperate with investigators citing Article 51 of the Russian Constitution, the statement said, adding that the suspect had been apprehended after the homes of several alleged members of the banned group were searched in the region. Article 51 states that no one shall be obliged to give incriminating evidence. The announcement came a week after a court in Russia's Krasnodar region sentenced a 63-year-old Jehovah's Witness, Aleksandr Ivshin, to 7 1/2 years in prison, the harshest sentence since authorities launched the campaign against the religious group. Read more:
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  18. Six Jehovah's Witnesses jailed on "extremism"-related charges applied for early release after serving half their jail terms, but have been unsuccessful. Prison administrations opposed the applications with what Jehovah's Witnesses describe as "fabricated evidence" of violations of prison rules. Four of the prisoners were accused of smoking in the wrong place, but Jehovah's Witnesses do not smoke. Another Jehovah's Witness jailed since 2018 and a Muslim reader of Nursi's works jailed since 2017 should both become eligible to apply in summer 2021. Six Jehovah's Witnesses jailed on "extremism"-related charges for exercising their right to freedom of religion or belief have so far failed in their applications for early release. On the fourth attempt, a court commuted the rest of Dennis Christensen's jail term to a fine, but this was overturned after prosecutors appealed and he remains in jail. Four jailed Jehovah's Witnesses from Saratov have similarly failed in their appeals for early release, while a fifth is still awaiting a hearing. Read more:
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  19. ussian security services raided the homes of several Jehovah's Witnesses in Moscow on Wednesday, in an ongoing crackdown on the US-based religious movement. Moscow outlawed the Jehovah's Witnesses in 2017, labelling it an extremist organization and has since sentenced several members to lengthy jail terms. The Investigative Committee, which probes major crimes, said on Wednesday several "organizers and members" had been detained. Prosecutors, the FSB security services and the national guard carried out searches at 16 addresses, the committee said. Investigators said the Jehovah's Witnesses had established a branch in the capital where "secret meetings" were convened to study "religious literature". Jarrod Lopes, a New York-based spokesman for Jehovah's Witnesses, said the raids "are further proof that Russia is reverting to its muscle memory of Soviet repression". He added that they were a new escalation in the crackdown, as most of the raids on the believers had previously taken place in regions outside the Russian capital.
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  20. Los servicios de seguridad rusos allanaron las casas de varios testigos de Jehov谩 en Mosc煤 el mi茅rcoles, en una campa帽a en curso contra el movimiento religioso con sede en Estados Unidos. Mosc煤 prohibi贸 a los testigos de Jehov谩 en 2017, describi茅ndola como una organizaci贸n extremista y desde entonces ha condenado a muchos miembros a largas penas de prisi贸n. La comisi贸n que investiga delitos mayores dijo el mi茅rcoles que varios 鈥渙rganizadores y miembros鈥 hab铆an sido arrestados. La comisi贸n dijo que los fiscales, los Servicios de Seguridad Federal y la Guardia Nacional realizaron b煤squedas en 16 direcciones. Los investigadores dijeron que los testigos de Jehov谩 hab铆an establecido una sucursal en la capital donde se llevaban a cabo 鈥渞euniones secretas鈥 para estudiar 鈥渓iteratura religiosa鈥.
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  21. A court in southern Russia has handed the country's longest prison sentence yet to an elderly Jehovah鈥檚 Witness leader for organizing an 鈥渆xtremist鈥 group, the religious organization said Wednesday. Authorities accused Alexander Ivshin, 63, of organizing the activities of a banned organization, including hosting Bible discussions with friends via video link, until his April 2020 detention as part of mass raids in the Krasnodar region. Russia outlawed the Jehovah鈥檚 Witnesses as 鈥渆xtremists鈥 in 2017. Alexander Ivshin, 63, was sentenced to 7.5 years in prison for activities including hosting Bible discussions via video link.
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  22. MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian law enforcement detained a number of Jehovah's Witnesses and conducted searches at 16 different addresses in Moscow on Wednesday as part of a new criminal investigation against the group, state investigators said. The Investigative Committee, which handles probes into major crimes, said the people had been detained for organising and taking part in the activities of a banned religious group. It said they had met in a flat in northern Moscow and studied the teachings of the religion despite being aware of the ban on the group's activities. Read more:
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