Three Jehovah’s Witnesses sentenced to six or more years in Russian prison for their faith


(RNS) — Three Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia were convicted and sentenced to prison for practicing their faith on Thursday (July 29). Vilen Avanesov, 68, was sentenced to six years, and his son Arsen Avanesov, 37, along with a third defendant, Aleksandr Parkov, 53, were both sentenced to six-and-a-half years. All three men have already spent … Read more

Qatar’s Baha’i community and the plight of foreign workers


(RNS) — In January, my brother Omid went to the immigration office in Doha, Qatar, to check on a routine renewal of his residency permit. He was in for a shock. Born in Qatar nearly 60 years ago and raised there, he is essentially Qatari in his culture, language and friendships. Of course, under Qatar’s strict … Read more