Below is a letter written by the WT.
note: We had been using the library for many-years prior to 1991, but in that year it became necessary to register as an NGO to have continued access Registration papers filed with the United Nations that we have on file contain no statements that conflict with our Christian beliefs.
WORLD HEADQUARTERS OF JEHOVAH'S WITNESSES
25 Columbia Heights, Brooklyn, NY 11201-2483 • Tel. 718 560-5000
XXXX November 1, 2001 No. XXXXX
Because of published allegations by opposers that we have secret links with the United Nations, a number of branches have inquired about the matter and we have replied. This circular letter replaces any replies we have given earlier and is sent to all branches. To anyone inquiring within your branch territory you might respond according to what is stated below:
Our purpose for registering with the Department of Public Information as a nongovernmental organization (NGO) in 1991 was to have access to research material available on health, ecological, and social problems at the United Nations library facilities. We had been using the library for many-years prior to 1991, but in that year it became necessary to register as an NGO to have continued access. Registration papers filed with the United Nations that we have on file contain no statements that conflict with our Christian beliefs. Moreover, NGOs are informed by the United Nations that "association of NGOs with the DPI does not constitute their incorporation into the United Nations system, nor does it entitle associated organizations or their staff to any kind of privileges, immunities or special status."
Still, the Criteria for Association of NGOs-at least in their latest version-contain language that we cannot subscribe to. When we realized this, we immediately withdrew our registration. We are grateful that this matter was brought to our attention.
We trust that the above is, helpful in counteracting the attempts of opposers to discredit us.
Please be assured of our warm Christian love and best wishes. Your brothers,
c: Administration Offices Desks
Office of Public Information
"What are the Criteria for NGOs to become associated with DPI?"
Organizations eligible for association with DPI are those which:
- Share the ideals of the UN Charter;
- Operate solely on a not-for-profit basis;
- Have a demonstrated interest in United Nations issues and proven ability to reach large or specialized audiences, such as educators, media representatives, policy makers and the business community;
- Have the commitment and means to conduct effective information programmes about UN activities by publishing newsletters, bulletins, and pamphlets; organizing conferences, seminars and round tables; and enlisting the cooperation of the media."
Below is a letter from the United Nations.
United Nations Nations Unies
HEADQUARTERS – SIEGE NEW YORK, N Y 1 0 0 1 7
TEL. : 1 (212)963 - 1234 - FAX : 1 (212) 963 - 4879
18 March 2002
Dear Mr. XX,
In reply to your letter dated 19 Februrary 2002, please be informed of the following:
1.The Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of New York, Inc., an NGO, had been associated with the DPI since 1992 and requested to terminate its association in 2001. the request was granted on 9 October 2001. According to the website www.watchtower.org, the organization is “a legal organization in use by Jehovah’s Witnesses.“
2.The United Nations does not force or “trick“ any NGO to be associated with DPI.
3.The criteria for association for NGOs have not been changed since 1991.
We are also attaching a copy of response from our office to inquiries about the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society.
Public Liaison Service
Department of Public Information
cc: S. Tharoor
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