In some countries, JW's are persecuted and discriminated against for their beliefs.
However critics say this controversial religion is not without fault. They too are guilty of religious intolerance and discrimination. Millions of former JW's are being shunned and hated, - even in countries where religious freedom is protected and guaranteed. This has been going on since 1952.
The practice of shunning those who leave serves to control JW's within the organization and those who leave. Everyone is afraid to disagree because of the damage it does to families and close personal relationships.
Thus JW's are not free. Their basic human rights are in question. Those who don't obey Watchtower leaders, disagree, or break the rules without being repentant are judged, disfellowshipped, shunned, and even hated. This becomes a warning to JW's who dare to question the WT.
This article examines three basic human rights and compares them with the rights JW's have.
In all religions, teachers, ministers, and leaders are respected. Some take on the title of 'reverend' or 'father'. However in the JW faith, Elders and the Governing Body of JW's must be obeyed. Slaves do not have the same rights as slave owners. And in free countries slavery has been abolished. Citizens are treated as equals regardless of what they believe or what faith they belong to.
Christians respect their ministers and honor them sometimes to excess but they are free to make their own decisions, say whatever they want, and control their own life. Christians are free to follow their conscience and put God first.
Christians answer only to God. JW's answer to God, Elders, and the Governing Body of JW's. Christians are free to attend any church, disagree, and think for themselves.
JW's are not free. When they get baptized into the Watchtower religion, JW's give up some very important and basic human rights. Some JW's do not fully comprehend what it means to join the Watchtower religion and be a JW. 
JW's must only attend the Kingdom Hall of JW's. They must not attend any other churches.
JW's cannot disagree with the WT. Independent thinking is not allowed. They must be like-minded.
JW's must not listen to what critics of the Watchtower say. They must shun and avoid all contact with former JWs, including parents, children of legal age, siblings, and friends (with rare exceptions). See Watchtower Quotes
JW's cannot tell anyone that the Watchtower is not God's organization. They can't say other religions are just as truthful. They can't debate and question what the Watchtower says, including their right to have a blood transfusion in life or death situations.
Disagreeing with the WBTS is not allowed. Speaking up and trying to make the organization better is impossible because the Watchtower claims to be God's 'faithful and discreet slave', 'God's organization', and God's 'channel of communication'.
Rebellion against the Watchtower is thought to be virtually the same as rebellion against God
In spite of lofty claims of religious superiority over all other faiths, the Watchtower disclaims having any divine inspiration. Since they have no divine inspiration, some or all of what they teach could be incorrect.
JW's are technically 'free' to leave their religion and join another but leaving comes with a steep price.
The practice of judging and disfellowshipping JW's who leave means that families and friendships are destroyed. All JW's are told to shun disfellowshipped JW's or face the same punishment.
Thus many JW's stay in the organization and support it 100%, - not because they want to, but because they're afraid of what will happen if they don't.
JW's must have absolutely no contact or communication with 'enemies' who disagree with the WT. For JW's the enemy is everyone outside their organization who openly disagrees with the WT or simply leaves because they no longer believe what the Watchtower teaches. Enemies include parents, brothers, sisters, children, grandchildren, ... friends and loved ones who leave the Watchtower religion.
Since 1925 the Watchtower has been teaching there are only two choices, God's organization, the WT, and Satan's organization, everyone else. They teach that they are the only true religion and all others are false. They claim to be the truth because they are the only ones who have interpreted the Bible correctly.
Therefore if a JW leaves their religion and joins another one or simply does not go to church any more because they disagree, they are discriminated against and shunned. Some former JW's are hated. They are being persecuted because of their new religious beliefs. That's why critics call the organization a destructive cult.
What is it like to be shunned and hated? What this video, the truth about Jehovah's Witnesses, taken at the 2015 Watchtower convention. Hundreds of Jehovah's Witnesses shun a man who they believe is 'an apostate'.
The only way for a former JW to get their family and friends back is to go through the 'reinstatement' process. They must convince Elders they are sincerely repentant and admit wrong-doing. For JW's wrong doing includes challenging the authority of Elders and the Governing Body.
Former JW's (or apostates) who disagree with the Watchtower are said to be mentally diseased.
Failure to follow Watchtower rules leads to disfellowshipping. Disfellowshipped JW's are shunned by family and friends.
Shunning is particularly harsh for JW's because they are not allowed to have any close friends outside their religion.
Continued: > False teachings, twisted things, and outright lies. How the Watchtower twists the words of Jesus to 'prove' things that are not true at all. Matthew 10:34 'I did not come to bring peace, but a sword.'
1. Can you imagine what it's like when one parent is a JW and the other is not? A child goes to the Kingdom Hall of JW's and learns that the parent who is not a JW is mentally diseased!
Some adults are perceptive enough to see that name calling and attacking former JW's who leave their religion is a mind control strategy that hinders JW's from finding out the truth about the WT. But the brains of children are not fully developed at an early age. What they learn at Kingdom Halls can negatively affect their future.
It's young children who are harmed the most by mind control.
2. JW's dedicate their lives to God and their baptism identifies them as one of Jehovah's Witnesses.
Thus instead of following the Bible's instructions on baptism in Matthew 28:18-20, the Watchtower has made themselves 50/50 partners with God. To JW's Jehovah and the organization are equally important.
Even though honoring humans and human organizations to excess is forbidden in the JW faith, this rule does not apply to the WT. The Watchtower has assumed the authority of God as his channel of communication
By agreeing to be identified as one of JW's in their baptism vows, JW's unwittingly agree to do whatever the Watchtower tells them God requires. They are no longer free.
However the Watchtower does not know what God requires. We know this because the Watchtower does not claim to have any divine inspiration. Some or all of what they teach could be incorrect.
Therefore being baptized as a JW and believing the Watchtower organization is the only true religion and symbol for salvation like the ark in Noah's day, could be viewed by their God Jehovah as the sin of idolatry. 2 Kings 17:38; Exodus 23:13; Jeremiah 25:6;
3. Wikipedia says, 'Religious persecution is the systematic mistreatment of an individual or group of individuals as a response to their religious beliefs or affiliations or lack thereof'
4. 'A man who is convinced of the truth of his religion is indeed never tolerant. At the least, he is to feel pity for the adherent of another religion but usually it does not stop there. The faithful adherent of a religion will try first of all to convince those that believe in another religion and usually he goes on to hatred if he is not successful. However, hatred then leads to persecution when the might of the majority is behind it.' Albert Einstein
5. VIDEO and article: Are Jehovah's Witnesses A Cult?