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Testigos de Jehová realizarán asamblea en Fort Worth

Testigos de Jehová realizarán asamblea en Fort Worth
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FORT WORTH — El Centro de Convenciones de Fort Worth recibirá a miles de Testigos de Jehová al arrancar la Asamblea de Distrito de 2009.

Los Testigos han lanzado una campaña para invitar al público a escuchar una serie de discursos que expondrán temas bíblicos. El programa de tres días, bajo el nombre de “¡Manténgase alerta!”, inicia el 12 de junio a las 9:20 a.m. en el centro de convenciones.

Se calcula que unas 7,000 personas asistirán a esta asamblea.

El tema bíblico del programa del viernes es “Demuestren estar listos”; el sábado el tema se conoce como “Mantengan su juicio, sean vigilantes”; y el domingo concluye con “Mantente en expectación, no llegaré tarde”.

A nivel local se realizarán seis asambleas. Las primeras tres se llevarán a cabo en español (12-14 de junio; 19-21 de junio; 3-5 de julio), las últimas tres en inglés (10-12 de julio; 24-26 de julio; 21-23 de agosto). Se anticipa una asistencia combinada de más de 41,000 personas a estas seis asambleas.

Más de 39 congregaciones de los Testigos de Jehová han estado participando en la campaña.

En los Estados Unidos se espera que 319 asambleas de distrito se realicen en 81 ciudades.

La entrada es gratis y no se harán colectas.

http://diariolaestrella.com/128/story/89469.html

Los Testigos de Jehová de Baleares preparan su Asamblea de Distrito 2009 en el Palma Arena

Los actos se iniciarán el viernes, 19 de junio
Los Testigos de Jehová de Baleares preparan su Asamblea de Distrito 2009 en el Palma Arena

Palma, 3 (ABN).- Los Testigos de Jehová de todas las Islas Baleares han iniciado los preparativos para lo que será su Asamblea de Distrito 2009 y que tendrá lugar las próximas semanas en el Palma Arena, en Palma de Mallorca, según informó la organización religiosa.

El programa dará inicio en Palma el viernes 19 de junio, a las 10:45h. El tema de la asamblea se basa en varios pasajes bíblicos, entre ellos “Mateo 24.42” y “Marcos 13:37”, donde Jesucristo “mandó a sus seguidores que se mantuvieran alerta”. El programa se centrará en cómo, según la Biblia, podemos seguir este consejo de Jesús y por qué es importante hacerlo.

Según informó la organización, cientos de testigos de Jehová de Menorca e Ibiza ya están haciendo los preparativos para poder viajar a Palma con motivo de la asamblea. Además, las 31 congregaciones o comunidades locales de esta zona también participarán en esta campaña especial. Se calcula que más de 3.000 personas acudirán al Palma Arena.

Tan solo en España se celebrarán 28 asambleas de distrito en 19 ciudades. Hay más de 7.100.000 Testigos en todo el mundo, en más de 103.000 congregaciones.

http://www.libertadbalear.com/?p=161896

TURKMENISTÁN: Los objetores encarcelados

TURKMENISTAN: Conscientious objectors jailed

Two brothers – Sakhetmurad and Mukhammedmurad Annamamedov – who object on grounds of conscience to Turkmenistan’s compulsory military service have had two year suspended sentences changed to jail terms, Forum 18 News Service has learnt. The two Jehovah’s Witness prisoners of conscience are among five known conscientious objectors. It is unknown whether the remaining three will also now be jailed. Six months into their suspended sentences the Annamamedovs were called to their local military conscription office, allegedly to be given an amnesty. Three hours after arriving at the office they were jailed for the remaining one and a half years of their punishment. Their father was denied access to the court, and the brothers and family were told that they would never be given a copy of the court judgement. Forum 18 has been unable to gain any comment from the authorities on these prisoners of conscience. Meanwhile, the authorities have not yet made further moves against Baptist leader and former prisoner of conscience Shageldy Atakov.
Six months after imposing suspended sentences on two brothers who are both Jehovah’s Witnesses for refusing compulsory military service, Judge Merdan Khangeldiyev has issued a new ruling sending the two to serve their sentences in prison, Jehovah’s Witnesses told Forum 18 News Service on 1 June. No family members were allowed to attend the hearing on 21 May in the Town Court in Serdar (formerly Gyzylarbat) in south-western Turkmenistan, and the two brothers have been told that no written judgment will be issued. It remains unclear why the sentences – which were to run for two years – have been changed six months into their term. The two brothers – Sakhetmurad and Mukhammedmurad Annamamedov – have since been transferred to the prison in the Caspian Sea port of Turkmenbashi [Türkmenbashy, formerly Krasnovodsk].

The two prisoners of conscience – the first Jehovah’s Witnesses since July 2007 to be jailed for refusing military service on grounds of religious conscience – are among five Jehovah’s Witnesses known by Forum 18 to be currently serving sentences for refusing compulsory military service. Two others are serving suspended sentences, while another is serving a forced labour term. It is unknown whether the other three conscientious objectors will also now be jailed.

Jehovah’s Witness young men insist they are ready to do alternative non-military service. However, Turkmenistan offers no non-combat alternative to those who cannot serve in the military on grounds of conscience.

Speaking at the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva on 19 March, Shirin Akhmedova, Director of the government’s National Institute for Democracy and Human Rights, rejected the recommendations from numerous international organisations – including the UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion and Belief, Asma Jahangir – that Turkmenistan introduce a civilian alternative to compulsory military service. Akhmedova instead pointed to Article 37 of the Constitution, which describes defence as a “sacred duty” of everyone and then states that military service is compulsory for men (see F18News 20 April 2009 http://www.forum18.org/Archive.php?article_id=1285).

In 2008, Forum 18 had learnt that the government was then considering introducing some form of alternative service. However, nothing appears to have come of this (see F18News 31 July 2008 http://www.forum18.org/Archive.php?article_id=1166).

Forum 18 tried to find out why the authorities are continuing to sentence conscientious objectors. However, officials at the National Institute for Democracy and Human Rights in the capital Ashgabad [Ashgabat] told Forum 18 on 2 June that Akhmedova was not in her office. No one else was available to speak either. The man who answered the phone on 2 June of Nurmukhamed Gurbanov, a deputy head of the government’s Gengeshi (Committee) for Religious Affairs, told Forum 18 he was away for the next two days. No one else was available to speak.

The prosecution and punishment of the two conscientious objectors

The 21-year-old Sakhetmurad Annamamedov and his 20-year-old brother Mukhammedmurad Annamamedov both told the Serdar Military Conscription Office that they were refusing military service on grounds of their faith. At the urging of Prosecutor Maral Durdieva, Judge Merdan Khangeldiyev imposed two-year suspended sentences on each of the two brothers, at a trial in Serdar Town Court in November 2008. Forum 18 has been unable to gain any comment from the court on the trial.

Forum 18 understands that the two conscientious objectors were sentenced under Article 219 Part 1 of the Criminal Code, which punishes refusal to serve in the armed forces with a maximum penalty of two years’ imprisonment. However, officials have refused to release any details of the judgements to the family or Forum 18.

In mid-May 2009 they were both called to the Military Conscription Office, allegedly because of an amnesty that would be applied to them. On 21 May they were asked to come to the Office at 9.00 am. At about 11.00 am they contacted their father, Yazmammed Annamamedov, by mobile phone and said that everything had been prepared for a court hearing against them. Their father immediately came to the Serdar Town Court building, but was not allowed into the courtroom when they found out who he was. At about 12.00 noon the Court ordered that, because they would not agree to serve in the armed forces, they should now serve their two-year terms in prison.

The judge, Khangeldiyev, and the prosecutor, Durdieva, were the same as at their November 2008 trial. The two brothers and their father were not given any copy of the Court decision, and the family were told were told that it would not ever be given to them.

The two brothers were initially held at the detention centre in Serdar. However, on 24 May they were transferred to the prison in Turkmenbashi, where it is believed they are still being held.

Forum 18 has been unable to gain any comment from the authorities on these prisoners of conscience.

The two men’s father decided to write a telegram to President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov, to complain about what he regards as the clear procedural violations in these trials and sentences.

The other sentenced Jehovah’s Witnesses conscientious objectors

Many Jehovah’s Witness young men have been sentenced over the past fifteen years for refusing compulsory military service on grounds of religious faith. However, in the past few years most of the sentences have been suspended or have been sentences to forced labour, where individuals live at home and have 20 per cent of their wages taken by the state. The three other Jehovah’s Witnesses serving sentences are:

Begench Shakhmuradov, who is from Ashgabad, was given a two-year suspended sentence in September 2007. Sources who preferred not to be identified told Forum 18 he is living at home and is able to work in a private business. His sentence is due to expire in September 2009.

Shakhmuradov insisted to Forum 18 in the wake of his sentence that he believes it is wrong to punish those who cannot serve in the armed forces because of their religious convictions. He particularly objected that some – like himself – have been sentenced twice for the same “offence” (see F18News 9 October 2007 http://www.forum18.org/Archive.php?article_id=1031).

Vladimir Golosenko, who is from the Caspian port city of Turkmenbashi, was called up when he reached the age of 18. He too was found guilty under Article 219 Part 1 and sentenced on 12 February 2008 to two years’ forced labour. He is not in prison, but 20 percent of his wages go to the state (see F18News 31 July 2008 http://www.forum18.org/Archive.php?article_id=1166).

The most recent Jehovah’s Witness to be sentenced was Zafar Abdullaev, who is in his early twenties. He was given a two-year suspended sentence by a court in the northern town of Dashoguz [Dashhowuz] on 8 April 2009 for refusing compulsory military service. He is currently living at home (see F18News 20 April 2009 http://www.forum18.org/Archive.php?article_id=1285).

Forum 18 has learned that Abdullaev has to report weekly to the Police Administration in Dashoguz but has no additional problems.

Will authorities seize former prisoner of conscience’s property?

Meanwhile, the authorities have not so far made any more moves against Baptist leader and former prisoner of conscience Shageldy Atakov. In April 2009, he was visited by an official of the local Hyakimlik (administration) at his family home in the village of Kaakhka near Ashgabad and was also summoned to the local court, where he was shown documents ordering the seizure of property from him to cover money the authorities claim he owes (see F18News 11 May 2009 http://www.forum18.org/Archive.php?article_id=1293).

The authorities claim that Atakov owes another individual 12,000 US Dollars over a 1995 transaction, for which he was subsequently imprisoned. He and his fellow Baptists insist he was innocent of all charges. The authorities began making the claims three years after the alleged fraud, after Atakov became a Christian in 1998.

Atakov told Forum 18 from Kaakhka on 2 June that officials from the local administration again visited the family home in mid-May. “They looked at everything I have, wrote it all down and then left,” he said, adding that nothing has happened since then. “Everything is quiet – for the moment, thank God.”

Atakov, his wife, and at least six of their nine children are also on Turkmenistan’s secret exit blacklist, meaning that they cannot leave the country to seek medical treatment or have contact with co-believers outside of the country. Atakov’s health deteriorated while under torture when he was a prisoner of conscience (see F18News 11 May 2009 http://www.forum18.org/Archive.php?article_id=1293).

The Turkmen authorities have long used enforcement of older punishments for alleged “offences” as a further means to punish religious believers (see eg. F18News 20 July 2007 http://www.forum18.org/Archive.php?article_id=997).(END)

Presos de conciencia en Armenia

Prisoners of conscience in Armenia
As of June 2009, in Armenia there are 76 Jehovah’s Witnesses in prison for their conscientious refusal of military service on religious grounds. Currently, in Nagorno-Karabakh none of Jehovah’s Witnesses are in prison for conscientious refusal of military service on religious grounds.

JEHOVAH'S WITNESSES OFFICE OF PUBLIC INFORMATION

Conscientious Objectors

REPUBLIC OF ARMENIA
June 2009

Currently, there are 76 Jehovah’s Witnesses who are in prison for their conscientious refusal of military service on religious grounds. Of these, 76 have been tried and convicted. No one is being held in pretrial detention. The names, dates of imprisonment, grounds (under criminal code1 ), the duration of punishment and present locations are as follows:

Seventy-six Jehovah’s Witnesses have been tried and convicted:

Name Date of Imprisonment Grounds/Sentence Location
Vahe Mejlumyan September 6, 2006 § 327 I, 36 months Erebuni Penal Institution
Nikolay Gasparyan September 25, 2006 § 327 I, 36 months Erebuni Penal Institution
Vahe Musaelyan November 28, 2006 § 327 I, 30 months Erebuni Penal Institution
Gagik Qochinyan December 5, 2006 § 327 I, 30 months Artik Penal Institution
Hrachya Khachatryan December 8, 2006 § 327 I, 30 months Artik Penal Institution
Yerem Hovhannisyan January 10, 2007 § 327 I, 36 months Artik Penal Institution
Sayad Tovmasyan January 10, 2007 § 327 I, 36 months Artik Penal Institution
Karapet Barseghyan February 7, 2007 § 327 I, 30 months Erebuni Penal Institution
Aram Yelchyan February 13, 2007 § 327 I, 30 months Artik Penal Institution
Senik Harutyunyan February 15, 2007 § 327 I, 30 months Erebuni Penal Institution
Armen Zurabyan February 27, 2007 § 327 I, 36 months Erebuni Penal Institution
Gevorg Hovsepyan March 3, 2007 § 327 I, 30 months Erebuni Penal Institution
Karen Safaryan March 15, 2007 § 327 I, 30 months Erebuni Penal Institution
Vigen Yeghiazaryan March 15, 2007 § 327 I, 27 months Erebuni Penal Institution
Hakob Babayan March 16, 2007 § 327 I, 27 months Erebuni Penal Institution
Vahan Babayan March 16, 2007 § 327 I, 30 months Erebuni Penal Institution
Kajik Harutyunyan March 18, 2007 § 327 I, 30 months Erebuni Penal Institution
Gevorg Karapetyan April 5, 2007 § 327 I, 30 months Artik Penal Institution
Armen Kirakosyan April 18, 2007 § 327 I, 30 months Artik Penal Institution
Nshan Gevorgyan July 17, 2007 § 327 I, 36 months Erebuni Penal Institution
David Aroyan August 3, 2007 § 327 I, 30 months Erebuni Penal Institution
Edgar Hakobyan August 7, 2007 § 327 I, 24 months Erebuni Penal Institution
Andranik Aghekyan August 8, 2007 § 327 I, 30 months Erebuni Penal Institution
Ashot Qaryan August 9, 2007 § 327 I, 26 months Erebuni Penal Institution
Hayk Madatyan August 11, 2007 § 327 I, 36 months Erebuni Penal Institution
Zora Melkonyan August 13, 2007 § 327 I, 30 months Artik Penal Institution
Karen Smbatyan August 14, 2007 § 327 I, 22 months Erebuni Penal Institution
Arman Ayvazyan August 14, 2007 § 327 I, 24 months Erebuni Penal Institution
Henrik Ghazaryan August 23, 2007 § 327 I, 24 months Erebuni Penal Institution
Levon Azizyan August 23, 2007 § 327 I, 24 months Erebuni Penal Institution
Argam Vardanyan August 29, 2007 § 327 I, 24 months Erebuni Penal Institution
Gor Kirakosyan September 21, 2007 § 327 I, 30 months Erebuni Penal Institution
Mkrtich Smbatyan September 26, 2007 § 327 I, 30 months Erebuni Penal Institution
Stepan Hovakimyan September 26, 2007 § 327 I, 30 months Erebuni Penal Institution
Babken Shahinyan December 5, 2007 § 327 I, 30 months Erebuni Penal Institution
Roman Hovhannisyan December 17, 2007 § 327 I, 30 months Artik Penal Institution
Garik Gevorgyan December 25, 2007 § 327 I, 30 months Erebuni Penal Institution
Samson Indzigulyan December 25, 2007 § 327 I, 30 months Erebuni Penal Institution
Harutyun Vardazaryan January 9, 2008 § 327 I, 30 months Erebuni Penal Institution
Hrayr Mkrtchyan January 14, 2008 § 327 I, 30 months Erebuni Penal Institution
Hovhannes Arakelyan January 18, 2008 § 327 I, 24 months Erebuni Penal Institution
Hovhannes Gogdjyan January 30, 2008 § 327 I, 24 months Nubarashen Penal Institution
Araz Arshakyan February 5, 2008 § 327 I, 30 months Erebuni Penal Institution
Armen Mardoyan February 5, 2008 § 327 I, 30 months Artik Penal Institution
Hamayak Eminyan February 6, 2008 § 327 I, 27 months Artik Penal Institution
Davit Petrosyan February 7, 2008 § 327 I, 30 months Erebuni Penal Institution
Martun Hovsepyan February 7, 2008 § 327 I, 30 months Erebuni Penal Institution
Zirayr Karyan March 6, 2008 § 327 I, 30 months Erebuni Penal Institution
Arman Kareyan March 7, 2008 § 327 I, 30 months Erebuni Penal Institution
Ashot Simonyan March 12, 2008 § 327 I, 36 months Artik Penal Institution
Hovik Stepanyan March 31, 2008 § 327 I, 24 months Erebuni Penal Institution
Karo Aleksanyan April 4, 2008 § 327 I, 24 months Erebuni Penal Institution
Vahe Ananyan April 8, 2008 § 327 I, 24 months Erebuni Penal Institution
Karen Voskanyan April 11, 2008 § 327 I, 30 months Erebuni Penal Institution
Vahram Baghramyan June 3, 2008 § 327 I, 30 months Erebuni Penal Institution
Alik Balayan July 14, 2008 § 327 I, 24 months Erebuni Penal Institution
Mkhitar Sargsyan July 17, 2008 § 327 I, 36 months Erebuni Penal Institution
Tigran Melikyan July 30, 2008 § 327 I, 24 months Erebuni Penal Institution
Shahen Asatryan July 31, 2008 § 327 I, 36 months Artik Penal Institution
Gevorg Danughyan August 8, 2008 § 327 I,24 months Erebuni Penal Institution
Gor Petrosyan August 15, 2008 § 327 I, 24 months Erebuni Penal Institution
Mher Barseghyan August 25, 2008 § 327 I, 30 months Erebuni Penal Institution
Vardan Kasemyan September 2, 2008 § 327 I, 36 months Erebuni Penal Institution
Garegin Gogjyan September 13, 2008 § 327 I, 26 months Erebuni Penal Institution
Armen Martirosyan October 2, 2008 § 327 I, 24 months Erebuni Penal Institution
Gagik Shakaryan October 6, 2008 § 327 I, 24 months Erebuni Penal Institution
Grisha Ohanjanyan October 13, 2008 § 327 I, 24 months Erebuni Penal Institution
David Parsadanyan January 22, 2009 § 327 I, 24 months Nubarashen Penal Institution
Samvel Shkoyan January 22, 2009 § 327 I, 24 months Artik Penal Institution
Davit Mnatsakanyan February 2, 2009 § 327 I, 30 months Nubarashen Penal Institution
Vigen Sargsyan February 15, 2009 § 327 I, 24 months Nubarashen Penal Institution
Levon Bashberukyan March 18, 2009 § 327 I, 26 months Nubarashen Penal Institution
Nver Nazaryan March 24, 2009 § 327 I, 24 months Erebuni Penal Institution
Tatul Arsenyan April 20, 2009 § 327 I, 24 months Nubarashen Penal Institution
Vladimir Sargsyan April 21, 2009 § 327 I, 36 months Nubarashen Penal Institution
Hovsep Mutafyan May 12, 2009 § 327 I, 24 months Nubarashen Penal Institution

No Jehovah’s Witnesses are currently in pretrial detention.


1 Article 327 I states: Evasion from recurring draft military or alternative service call-up, training exercise or mobilization, without any order defined by Legislation of the RA as grounds for exemption, is punished with arrest for a maximum term of two months, or imprisonment for a maximum term of three years (modified 16.12.2005).

2Article 70 I states: When assigning a punishment in the form of public work, arrest, imprisonment or keeping in the disciplinary battalion if the court comes to the conclusion that the correction of the convict is possible without serving the sentence, the court can conditionally decide not to apply this punishment.

Cuando cantes alabanzas, tienes que saber que…

MOSTREMOS APRECIO POR NUESTRAS MELODIAS DEL REINO

Ese fue el título de discurso que dio el hermao Ron Fallick, del betel de Brasil. El ha estado sirviendo como misionero desde 1951 y estuvo en el comité que preparó el cancionero “Canten alabanzas a Jehová”.

A fines de los años 70 se vio la necesidad de contar con un nuevo cancionero, puesto que algunas de las melodías antiguas tenían su origen en la cristiandad. Otras se basaban en obras de compositores clásicos como Mozart o Beethoven. Otras estaban escritas en inglés arcaíco y en algunas otras la comprensión de la verdad bíblica había cambiado.

Los hermanos siempre envían composiciones a la Sociedad, las cuales se archivan hasta el momento en que se necesite preparar un nuevo cancionero. Sin embargo, algunas de las canciones enviadas eran muy extensas o estaban en registros muy altos, lo que impedía que todos pudiéramos cantarlas.

El comité del cancionero deseaba magnificar a Jehová, de modo que 29 son acerca de Jehová, mientras que 7 en relación a Jesús.

Los cánticos también debían ser traducidos a otros idiomas. Por ejemplo, en inglés la expresión “Make the truth your own” (haz tuya la verdad) tiene 5 sílabas, pero 16 sílabas en el idioma portugués. Fue un arduo trabajo el hacer que esas expresiones calzaran.

Un miembro del betel de Brooklyn escribio la melodía No.13 “Dedicación cristiana”. Antes de conocer la verdad usaba el pelo largo y consumía drogas.

El cántico 29 “adelante testigos” fue escrito por el hermano Erick Frost en un campo de concentración en Alemania, durante la segunda guerra mundial. Una vez compuesto lo mantuvo oculto en una jaula para conejos. Fue circulado entre varios hermanos y enviada a Suiza primeramente y luego al betel de Brooklyn. Fue interpretada por primera vez en la clase de Galaad No.11, en 1948.

La melodía No.32 “De casa en casa” y la melodía No.127 “Hermanos por diez millares” fueron escritas por el hermano Harold King, quien estuvo preso en Shanghai China desde 1958 hasta 1963.

El cántico No.52 “El nombre de nuestro padre” fue escrito por un hermano de Brasil, quien era un cellista profesional.

El cántico No.82: “Las mujeres son un ejército grande” fue escrito por un precursor especial y destacado guitarrista del Amazonas.

El cántico No.154 “Jehová nuestro creador” fue escrito por una hermana y el cántico No.161 “Orémosle a Jehova cada día” fue compuesto por dos hermanos jóvenes. Los tres provienen de Jolly ol’ en Inglaterra.

El hermano Karl Klein, fue poeta, músico y cantante y escribió el cántico No.155 “Recibámonos unos a otros”. El hermano Klein formó parte del Cuerpo Gobernante. Falleció el 2 de enero de 2001. Su biografía se encuentra en La Atalaya del 1 de octubre de 1984 (versión en Inglés).

El cántico No..215 “Extendiendo misericordia a otros” tuvo que ser modificado en su música debido a que la pieza original estaba basada en una sinfonía de Beethoven.

El cántico 102: “El gozo de la resurrección” proviene de el Líbano.

El cántico 171 “La canción de victoria” es una composición de que proviene de Israel.

El cántico 220 “Nuestro paraíso presente y futuro” proviene de Hawaii. Casi te vez con el hula hula mientras lo cantas. La letra de ese cántico fue compuesta por la hermana Alene Miller (en la obra del circuito) y el hermano Charles Hao (quien dirigía la orquesta en las asambleas en los años 70 en Hilo). Ambos escribieron la letra y la música

El cántico 222 “Fija la vista en el premio” fue escrito por el hermano Ben Homer, quien también escribió “Sentimental journey” antes de ser testigo de Jehová.. Aunque hace tiempo falleció se le recueda como un hermano que gustaba de tocar el piano en las reuniones junto con otro hermano de la congregación que era músico profesional.

El hermano Fallick concluyó su discurso citando para contratapa del cancionero, donde se muestra el entusiasmo que ponen esos hombres por cantar alabanzas a Jehová. Nunca deberíamos avergonzarnos de elevar nuestras voces y abri nuestras bocas y siempre debemos recordar: Jehová escucha nuestro canto.

Fuente : Esteban y lia

Witnesses begin series of Keep on the Watch! conventions

NEW YORK — Jehovahs Witnesses announce the start of their 2009 Keep on the Watch! three-day conventions and warmly invite all to attend. The first nine of these events will begin on May 22 in various locations across the United States: Long Beach, California; Bloomington, Illinois; Portland, Maine; Billings, Montana; Jersey City, New Jersey; Queens, New York; Portland, Oregon; Salem, Oregon; and Green Bay, Wisconsin. Continuing through mid-September, there will be a total of 319 conventions in 81 cities in the United States. Conventions will be held in English, as well as in Spanish and 15 other languages, including American Sign Language.

All are invited to attend. There is no admission fee, nor are collections taken at any convention or meeting of Jehovahs Witnesses. There are over 7,100,000 Witnesses associated with more than 103,000 congregations worldwide.

Denuncian la negativa del Clínico al traslado para operarse sin transfusión

Denuncian la negativa del Clínico al traslado para operarse sin transfusión

El Defensor del Paciente remite a la Fiscalía el caso de un hombre testigo de Jehová, ahora fallecido, al que se negó la derivación, y otro usuario está en igual situación

Dos usuarios de la sanidad pública han recurrido a la Asociación El Defensor del Paciente para denunciar la negativa del Hospital Virgen de la Concha a trasladarles a otro centro en el que puedan hacerles una intervención quirúrgica sin transfusión de sangre.
El caso de uno de los pacientes, que ya falleció -aunque la causa no fue por falta de intervención quirúrgica, aclara su hija-, ha sido remitido a la Fiscalía del Tribunal Superior de Justicia de Castilla y León por el Defensor del Paciente para que se investigue si la actuación puede ser constitutiva de delito y se depuren responsabilidades.
El paciente, Isidro Indalecio García Prieto, que residía en Toro, ingresó en el hospital el pasado 21 de febrero y tras hacerle una nefrostomía, para la que no precisó transfusión, y un escáner le comunicaron que era necesario operarle, puesto que se había detectado un pequeño tumor en el riñón. Tanto el afectado, que era testigo de Jehová, como la familia habían comunicado ya que rechazaban la transfusión de sangre. El urólogo les informó de que desconocía otros procedimientos alternativos y de que tampoco tenía práctica en el uso del dispositivo Cell Saver, que permite recuperar la sangre del propio paciente, procesarla y transfundírsela de nuevo. Por ello le plantearon el traslado a otro hospital, «y el doctor nos dijo que le parecía bien pero que no sabía dónde».
Ahí empezó el calvario de la familia para buscar un hospital dónde hicieran la intervención, pero sobre todo para luchar contra la burocracia y el protocolo administrativo.
De hecho, la familia logró encontrar una uróloga dispuesta a hacer la intervención en la clínica madrileña Jiménez Díaz, pero en atención al usuario del hospital le negaron el traslado. También se les rechazó el traslado a Valladolid, pese a que había una especialista dispuesta a operarle, en contra de la respuesta de Sacyl que afirmó que este tipo de intervenciones no se hacían en la comunidad. Para entonces era ya finales de marzo, y a primeros de abril les comunican de Madrid que la operación no era viable. El paciente pidió el alta el día 7 e Isidro Indalecio Indalecio falleció ese mismo día poco después de llegar a su casa.
«No se entiende esta forma de actuar, quitando a una persona la posibilidad de vivir», critica Carmen Flores, presidenta de la asociación El Defensor del Paciente, que ha comunicado el caso al consejero y a la ministra de Sanidad. Tanto ella como la hija del afectado subrayan que «la Constitución lo dice muy claro: no se puede discriminar a nadie por razón de religión, de sexo o de ideología».
A una situación similar se enfrenta ahora Sebastián Valor, que también reside en Toro y al que le han dicho que se tiene que operar de la cadera porque tiene un gran desgaste de huesos. Tal como explica su esposa, Concepción Rafael, aceptan el sistema de autotransfusión que sí se aplica en Traumatología, «pero le hacen firmar el consentimiento de que si hay problemas le harán una transfusión de un donante, y mi marido se niega». Puntualiza que su esposo no es testigo de Jehová, aunque se está preparando para ello. No obstante, considera que tiene derecho a que se le conceda el traslado a un hospital donde le puedan intervenir sin transfusión.
El gerente del complejo asistencial ha explicado que en ambos casos se ha seguido el protocolo establecido para estos casos. Rafael López indica que si se ha recurrido a la Fiscalía, serán los tribunales los que decidan.

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Uzbekistán, uno de los cuatro testigos de Jehová encarcelados es liberado

JEHOVAH'S WITNESSES OFFICE OF PUBLIC INFORMATION

Uzbekistan—one of the four imprisoned Jehovah’s Witnesses is released

SAMARKAND, Uzbekistan—Irfon Khamidov, one of Jehovah’s Witnesses and married father of two sons, was released on May 14, 2009, after completing a two-year sentence for teaching religion. He was ordered to appear the next morning at 9:00 before the police, who deported him that day to Tajikistan, the country of his citizenship. During the one night with his family, he saw his two-year-old son for the first time.

Although Article 31 of the Uzbekistan Constitution assures freedom of religion and Article 29 provides for the freedom to distribute information about religious beliefs, Khamidov was sentenced to two years in prison and the appeal of his conviction was denied. Attorneys for Khamidov had also filed a supervisory appeal with the Supreme Court of Uzbekistan, but this too was denied. There were serious factual errors in the trial. One example was the sworn testimony of the two alleged “victims” of Khamidov’s “crime” of religious instruction, who admitted that they had never seen Khamidov before nor had they talked to him.

While it is encouraging to hear that Irfon Khamidov has been released, there are three of Jehovah’s Witnesses remaining in prison for sentences of up to four years for organizing “illegal religious activity.” In 2008, Abdubannob Ahmedov and Sergey Ivanov were sentenced to four years and three and one-half years in prison, respectively, in Margilan, in the Fergana region of Uzbekistan, for organizing illegal religious activity. Olim Turayev, a medical doctor and married father of three sons, recently completed only the first year of his four-year sentence in a labor colony near Samarkand, also for “illegal religious activity” and for teaching religion.

Appeals of the convictions of these three have also been denied. A formal request in their behalf to Uzbekistan’s State Committee of Religious Affairs to support an amnesty for these imprisoned Jehovah’s Witnesses was not successful. Attorneys for the three are preparing further appeals to the Supreme Court of Uzbekistan.

Jehovah’s Witnesses will continue making requests of Uzbek authorities to engage in constructive dialogue regarding these prisoners.

U.S. contact: Philip Brumley, telephone (845) 306-0711
Russian-speaking contact: Yaroslav Sivulskiy, telephone +7-812-432-95-50