Based on legal arguments that revolve around violations of several articles of the Portuguese Constitution, and of the Law Of Religious Freedom, a petition to the Portuguese parliament has been set in motion to extinguish the legal entity that represents the Jehovah's Witness in Portugal and remove this community from the national register of recognized religions protected by law. The petition does NOT seek to ban the Jehovah's Witness as a whole in the country. The petition denounces the institutional policy of shunning former members as a violation of basic human rights and psychological torture, and asks the Portuguese legislators and judicial authorities to take action to stop this abuse, and suspend legal recognition to the branch office entity until the policies of shunning are changed.
The petition is now gathering votes. 1000 votes ensure that the author(s) of the petition will be given an audience on the parliament to present their case; 4000 votes ensure that the parliament will debate the petition during its session.
You can view the petition here: http://peticaopublica.com/pview.aspx?pi=ExtRegistoATJ