IRB – Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada (Author)
The attached 3 October 1996 letter received
from the Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society of Pennsylvania in
Brooklyn, New York, provides information on the number of Jehovah's
Witnesses in Syria and gives a statement on military exemptions for
Jehovah's Witnesses in Syria. The facsimile also provides
historical information on the treatment of Jehovah's Witnesses in
Syria. Further information on the above-mentioned topic could not
be found among the sources consulted by the DIRB.
This Response was prepared after
researching publicly accessible information currently available to
the DIRB within time constraints. This Response is not, and does
not purport to be, conclusive as to the merit of any particular
claim to refugee status or asylum. Please find below the list of
additional sources consulted in researching this Information
Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society of
Pennsylvania, Brooklyn, New York. 3 October 1996. Facsimile sent to
Amnesty International. Yearly. Amnesty
International Report. New York: Amnesty International.
Amnesty International reports and
Country Reports on Human Rights
Practices for 1995. 1996. United States Department of State.
Washington, DC: United States Government Printing Office.
Foreign Broadcast Information Service
(FBIS) Daily Reports.
Material from the Indexed Media Review
(IMR) or country files containing articles and reports from diverse
sources (primarily dailies and periodicals) from the Weekly Media
On-line searches of news articles.
United Nations High Comissionner for
Refugees (UNHCR) databases (Refworld).
World Wide Web Sites (Internet).