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Turkmenistan Continues to Harass Jehovah's Witnesses 

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Teachers and police intimidate Jehovah's witness children in schools, even for refusing to use the national flag.
Jehovah's witnesses have been dismissed from state jobs.

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The Police and education officials have brought muslim clerics appointed by the state to intimidate non-Muslim children. A woman was expelled from a university in ashgabat ashgabat for meeting Jehovah's witnesses.

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Teachers, school principals, local officials and Muslim clerics have publicly defamed non-Muslims.

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Jehovah's Witnesses are facing additional pressures due to their refusal, for religious reasons, to use the National Flag, to sing the national anthem or to recite the national oath.

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On April 3, a Jehovah's witness was summoned to his son's school in turkmenabad, the professor pressed the boy, who is in second year, to use a bolt with the national flag. The School Director asked the mother to write an explanatory note.

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The next day, the boy's sister, a student at the same school, was convened in a similar manner to the office of the director of studies.

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Later the girl's teacher told her that the documents about her had been handed over to the police inspector. When the girl's mother asked the director to provide the legal basis for the requirement to use a pin, the director began to threaten her. On 14 April, the director of studies summoned the girl to her office for the local police inspector to question her about her religious beliefs.

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On 30 January, the director of school studies in turkmenabad brought two students from Jehovah's witnesses from the tenth and eighth grades to his office. He demanded that they sign a promise that they will "no longer trust other religions", a reference to non-Muslim beliefs.

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The school then called the student s' mother. A police officer demanded that she explain why her children do not wear a pin in the form of National Flag, they do not sing the national anthem and do not recite the national oath. When he asked them to show him the law that forced them to do so, they threatened to find his house.

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On January 14, the National Institute of world languages in Ashgabat expelled a student because he is studying the Bible with Jehovah's Witnesses. Before that, the university administration had repeatedly pressed to participate in events that contradicted their religious beliefs, Jehovah's witnesses complained to    forum 18.

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On 21 November 2016, a Jehovah's Witness was invited to visit the director's office in Dashoguz where his children were enrolled when he arrived found his children, several teachers already three law enforcement officers. The officers demanded that the mother explain why their children do not wear a pin in the form of the national flag; they demanded that their son recite the national oath.

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The teachers began to explain to the officers that the women's children behaved well, but the officers were very rude. They asked the Jehovah's witness to bring him his personal Bible. The next day, they made inquiries about her husband.

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On 18 October 2016, a Jehovah's witness in the tenth grade of a school in Turkmenabad was invited to visit the director's office. Two police officers were present at the office, along with Islamic clerics. They asked the student and asked him to write an explanatory note. The agents searched his cell phone.

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In March 2017, the local imam held a series of meetings in schools and kindergartens in the southern city of weaving. He warned about the " danger of the sect called Jehovah's witnesses " and " slandered the moral character of a local witness ", noted Jehovah's witnesses.

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http://www.forum18.org/archive.php?article_id=2321

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We can expect more like this as this system heats up with political fervor. Government likes freedom of expression as long as those expressions support the government or favorite religion. 

@David Normand Perhaps one day we will look and it will all be gone? By then I think the whole world will want a change, but we know man can't change what will hapoen. We must keep firm in the Fa

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7 hours ago, David Normand said:

We can expect more like this as this system heats up with political fervor. Government likes freedom of expression as long as those expressions support the government or favorite religion. 

@David Normand

Perhaps one day we will look and it will all be gone? By then I think the whole world will want a change, but we know man can't change what will hapoen. We must keep firm in the Faith and pray for one another.

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