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China Crisis for Jehovah’s Witnesses – 18 members indicted

18 Jehovah’s Witnesses indicted in relation to “using an evil religion organization” in China

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Open Invitation to the Governing Body of Jehovah’s Witnesses to Denounce the Actions of the Chinese Government and Prosecutors

We, Anonymous, demand that the Governing Body of Jehovah’s Witnesses give the same degree of attention to the plight of the 18 Jehovah’s Witnesses, indicted in China in relation to “using an evil religion organization,” as you did to the plight of Dennis Christensen, the Watch Tower Society representative in Russia.

On April 15, 2019, a total of 18 Jehovah’s Witnesses in China were arrested and charged with indictable offences relating to, “using an evil religion organization” to “incite the obstruction of law enforcement,” and one charge relating to, “obstructing law enforcement by organizing and using an evil religious organization.” Since the arrests, the Governing Body of Jehovah’s Witnesses have remained silent on the plight of these 18 Jehovah’s Witnesses in China.

Since April 15, 2019, the Governing Body of Jehovah’s Witnesses have published 11 individual articles on the JW.ORG website critical of the Russian government and prosecutors, and supportive of Dennis Christensen and other Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia being prosecuted.

DOWNLOAD | China Crisis for Jehovah’s Witnesses 2019 (translation of indictment) – PDF

The Background

April 15, 2019 (Urumqi, Xinjiang). Authorities in China’s north-western Xinjiang region indicted 18 individuals on account of being Jehovah’s Witnesses, according to a formal prosecutor’s indictment paper.

China Indictment against Jehovah's Witnesses

Indictment issued against 18 Jehovah’s Witnesses in China

Those indicted are Liu Weiguo, Lin Zaiwu, Li Yifang, Lin Jie, Jiang Xijun, Gao Xinlian, Wang Xiaoqing, Yu Bingru, Zhang Min, Jiang Jinling, Chen Meiling, Fan Tao, Wei Pengfei, Cao Lili, Ma Xiaojun, Yang Hua, Shi Xianhe, and Xu Yanli. All except for Jiang Xijun were charged with using an “evil religious organization” to incite the obstruction of law enforcement, and Jiang received a law enforcement charge for allegedly “obstructing law enforcement by organizing and using an evil religious organization.”

The indictments evidence that the defendants violated religious management regulations by establishing a congregation in Korla, Xinjiang, and converting 63 people, among other accusations of “spreading superstition and heresy” and preventing people from joining Communist Party organizations.

The charges

All charges are brought under Article 300 of the Chinese Criminal Code:

Article 300:

Whoever organizes or uses superstitious sects or secret societies or evil religious organizations, or uses feudal superstition to undermine enforcement of the state’s laws or administrative regulations shall be sentenced to fixed-term imprisonment of not less than three years and not more than seven years. If the circumstances are especially serious, the offender shall be sentenced to fixed-term imprisonment of not less than seven years.

Whoever organizes or uses superstitious sects or secret societies or evil religious organizations, or uses feudal superstition to deceive another person and causes death of the person shall be punished according to the provisions of the preceding paragraph.

Whoever organizes or uses superstitious sects or secret societies or evil religious organizations, or uses feudal superstition to rape a woman or defraud property shall be decided a crime and punished respectively according to the provisions of Article 236 and Article 266 of this Law.

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Sources: 

http://theconversation.com/jehovahs-witnesses-neglected-victims-of-persecution-114141

https://www.newsweek.com/trump-administration-slams-countries-china-russia-violating-religious-freedom-1254633

https://www.getreligion.org/getreligion/2019/2/10/for-russias-jehovahs-witnesses-and-chinas-uighur-muslims-politics-overrides-all-religious-freedom-claims

https://www.chinaaid.org/2019/06/18-indicted-for-being-jehovahs-witnesses.html

https://www.jw.org/en/news/jw/region/russia/

 

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JW LEAKS: a message to Jehovah’s Witnesses and everyone else

To all our supporters and followers over the past two years

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JW.ORG Logo Denied Trademark Status in the United States

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The Jehovah’s Witnesses official website logo incorporating JW.ORG has been refused registration by the United States Patent and Trademark Office due to similarity to JW PLAYER.

SECTION 2(d) REFUSAL – LIKELIHOOD OF CONFUSION—CLASS 42
For the reasons set forth below, the refusal under Trademark Act Section 2(d) is now made FINAL with respect to U.S. Registration No(s). 4087283. See 15 U.S.C. §1052(d); 37 C.F.R. §2.64(a). This refusal is limited to the Class 42 services in the application.
Applicant’s mark is JW.ORG & Design, for use with, inter alia, Providing a web site that gives computer users the ability to download audio and video recordings, DVDs, music, digital print publications, online publications, documents, forms and web pages all in the field of religion, in Class 42. The cited mark is JW PLAYER, for use with Downloadable computer software for playing, viewing and streaming audio and video files in Class 09.

RELATED DOCUMENTS

Final Outcome – US TRADEMARK APPLICATION NO. 85896124 – JW.ORG – 06420-T0001A – March 12 2014

Original Application by Watch Tower for JW.ORG logo – April 05 2013

Amendment and Mail Process Complete – February 05 2014

Response to Office Action – February 04 2014

Watch Tower removes in-house Attorney and replaces with Commercial Attorney – January 29 2014

JW.ORG generated XSearch Search Summary – July 20 2013

Email from US Patent and Trademark Office to Watch Tower – April 12 2013

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Jehovah’s Witnesses Hawaii International Convention 2014

JEHOVAH’S WITNESSES INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION

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TO ALL CONGREGATION SERVICE COMMITTEES IN THE UNITED STATES BRANCH TERRITORY

Re: 2014 Honolulu, Hawaii, international conventions

December 6, 2013

Dear Brothers:

We are pleased to inform you that the Governing Body has approved two international conventions in Honolulu, Hawaii, during November 2014. All congregations in the United States branch territory are being invited to participate…

DOWNLOAD LINK Body of Elders letter (December 6, 2013) re: announcing 2014 International Convention in Hawaii

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TO ALL CONGREGATIONS IN THE UNITED STATES BRANCH TERRITORY

Re: 2014 Honolulu, Hawaii, international conventions

December 7, 2013

Dear Brothers:

…Arrangements for these international conventions are similar to what has been arranged during the past two years in conjunction with special conventions. Notably, the selected delegates will not be required to use a specific travel agency as has been the case in years past…

DOWNLOAD LINK Body of Elders letter (December 7, 2013) re: 2014 International Convention in Hawaii and application details

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DOWNLOAD LINK Jehovah’s Witnesses 2014/2015 International Convention Application form

DOWNLOAD LINK Jehovah’s Witnesses 2014/2015 International Convention Applicant Instructions

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<<< LINK to information on International Convention in Greece >>>

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Revised New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures (2013) – PDF

The Revised New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures, published by Watchtower Bible and Tract Society, is now available for downloading in PDF.

UPDATE: November 17, 2013, Body of elders letter re: second consignment of Revised New World translation…

Dear Brothers:
We are pleased to inform you that all English congregations will be receiving a second consignment of the revised New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures in English during the month of November 2013. This consignment will be in the quantity of 40 percent of the publisher count. Please note that this quantity is in addition to the initial consignment of 50 percent of the publisher count that was shipped during the month of October 2013. With this in mind, each congregation should carefully review any outstanding requests and determine if they are still needed…

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<<< DOWNLOAD REVISED NEW WORLD TRANSLATION IN PDF >>>

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