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Jehovah's Witnesses

Volume 480: debated on Wednesday 15 November 1950

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asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he is prepared to reconsider the embargo on the admission to a number of African Colonies of members of the organisation of Jehovah's Witnesses, in view of the fact that this embargo constitutes an invasion of the right of the freedom of speech and of freedom of faith.

Certain Colonial Governments have imposed restrictions on the entry of representatives of this Society because experience has shown that its teaching may have harmful results in colonial communities. This is a question which Colonial Governments are best able to judge, and it is not one in which my right hon. Friend is prepared to intervene.