Georgia/Canada: Possibility for Jehovah's Witnesses to get a letter from their church confirming that they belong to this faith; opposition or restrictions on such letters from the church administration in Georgia or in Canada
|Publisher||Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada|
|Author||Research Directorate, Immigration and Refugee Board, Canada|
|Publication Date||12 April 2002|
|Citation / Document Symbol||ZZZ38886.E|
|Cite as||Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, Georgia/Canada: Possibility for Jehovah's Witnesses to get a letter from their church confirming that they belong to this faith; opposition or restrictions on such letters from the church administration in Georgia or in Canada, 12 April 2002, ZZZ38886.E, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/3df4beda0.html [accessed 10 December 2013]|
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According to a representative of the Jehovah's Witnesses church administration in Georgetown, Ontario, there would be no reason to issue a letter confirming a member's allegiance to the faith (11 Apr. 2002). The representative stated that changing congregations is a personal matter and he was unaware of any instance where a letter has been issued, either in Canada or in Georgia to confirm a member's faith (ibid.). However, prior to moving, members will often ask their congregation administration to send by mail a letter of introduction to the new congregation, and this is frequently done (ibid.).
This Response was prepared after researching publicly accessible information currently available to the Research Directorate 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.
The Canadian Branch of Jehovah's Witnesses, Georgetown, Ont. 11 April 2002. Telephone interview with a representative.