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Saturday, August 18, 2012
TURKMENISTAN: Another Witness, a prisoner of conscience
Five conscientious objectors to Turkmenistan's compulsory military service – all Jehovah's Witnesses - have been sentenced since late May. Four received suspended sentences but the fifth, Juma Nazarov, received an 18-month prison term in July, Jehovah's Witnesses told Forum 18 News Service. This makes five currently known prisoner of conscience jailed for exercising his religious freedom. One of them, Aibek Salayev, has been severely beaten up and threatened with more beatings and being raped.
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