This morning, Tuesday 16 May, Jehovah’s Witness Shamil Khakimov, 72, was released from prison in Tajikistan after serving the full term of his four-year sentence. He had been imprisoned on spurious charges of “inciting religious hatred.” In reality, sharing his faith with others.
His release comes on the heels of an official visit to Tajikistan by the UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief, Nazila Ghanea, last month.
The persecution and the sentencing of Shamil Khakimov to prison
Shamil Khakimov is a widower and a pensioner. He was born in the small village of Koktush, in the district of Rudaki, Tajikistan. In 1976, he married and moved to the…
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