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Tajikistan: Court bans Baptist church
Defending her 26 October decision to ban a Baptist congregation in the capital Dushanbe for meeting for worship in a private home without state registration is Judge Soliya Ismailova of Somoni District Court. She rejected the Baptists' argument that this violated their freedom of worship. "I already made my decision, and if the Baptists do not agree they may complain to a higher court."