UN demands Tajikistan free detained Jehovah’s Witness

UN demands Tajikistan free detained Jehovah’s Witness

A United Nations committee is calling for the immediate release of an 18-year-old Jehovah’s Witness the panel says is being unlawfully detained in Tajikistan because of his faith.

The U.N.’s Working Group on Arbitrary Detention says Daniil Islamov is imprisoned in Tajikistan for conscientiously objecting to the country’s mandatory military service. Though Jehovah’s Witnesses pay taxes, Islamov’s faith precludes him from reciting patriotic pledges, singing nationalistic songs or joining the military.

UN demands Tajikistan free detained Jehovah’s Witness