IICSA hearings on religious organizations begin 16 March

by Corney 24 Replies latest watchtower child-abuse

  • Corney

    The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) is holding a public hearing in the Child Protection in Religious Organisations and Settings investigation for the next two weeks.

    The provisional timetable for the first week was released today: https://www.iicsa.org.uk/key-documents/17795/view/2020-03-12-cpiros-public-hearing-week-one-timetable.pdf

    Five witnesses will testify on the JW issue next Thursday, 19 March:

    - PR-A5, a victim who "experienced sexual abuse over a number of years whilst [she was a young girl] within a Jehovah’s Witnesses congregation in England and Wales";

    - Sarah Davies and Duncan Corbett, on behalf of Ex-JW Advocates Opposing Crimes Against Children, "a group of survivors of child sexual abuse, former elders and former member activits, within Jehovah’s Witnesses religious organisations in the UK", and Lloyd Evans;

    - Paul Gillies, "the director of the Office of Public Information of the World Headquarters of Jehovah's Witnesses" (source, p. 51:7-9), on behalf of Christian Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses.

    The hearing will take place from 10am to 4.15pm at the Inquiry’s hearing centre, 18 Pocock Street, London SE1 0BW.

    Public hearings are streamed ‘live’ (subject to a three minute delay) on the Inquiry’s YouTube channel and website www.iicsa.org.uk/live. The transcripts will be available on the website a few hours after the end of each hearing day. Due to the coronavirus, the Inquiry is encouraging members of the press and public to watch the hearings online where possible, and please do not attend in person if you are feeling ill.


  • The Fall Guy
    The Fall Guy

    Paul Gillies, Director of the Office of Public Information of the World Headquarters of Jehovah's Witnesses." LOL. Director of Public Propaganda, more like!

    I've still got a recording of my telephone conversation with that slimy snake when he was at Mill Hill, London. I asked him why JW's were delegates at the convention of a worldly political-military organisation, the O.S.C.E. https://www.osce.org/whatistheosce

    He wriggled & squirmed like a lying politician as he tried to justify the org's association with the OSCE. Be warned, IICSA - Paul Gillies' slitheriness will have you cringing.

    I hope they nail him the same way the Australian Royal Commission did to the JW's.

  • truth_b_known

    Please keep us posted. This sounds like it will be quite the show.

  • Atlantis


    Thank you for the updates!


  • TheWonderofYou

    Paul Gillies had a presentation at the EU Delegation

  • Fadeaway1962

    Hope he cares about the human rights of those victims and survivors of child abuse as he does of those JWs in Russian jail's

  • MacHislopp

    Hello Corney,

    many thanks for the information and the ...updates.

    Personally and with a group of european friends of mine,

    we are all eagerly waiting for the outcome.

    'The transcripts will be available on the website

    a few hours after the end of each hearing day.'

    Excellent news!!

  • smiddy3

    I look forward to this and hope that it won`t be a fizzer , and that they actually hold the JW religion accountable for their neglect in protecting the child/ youth in their religion/organization.

  • TheWonderofYou
  • Corney

    Links to specific parts of the video of the yesterday's hearing: https://www.reddit.com/r/exjw/comments/fjt2fi/iicsa_day_1_recommendations_of_livestream/

    Transcript: https://www.iicsa.org.uk/key-documents/17841/view/public-hearing-transcript-monday-16-march-2020.pdf

    Unfortunately but unsurprisingly, the IICSA "is suspending the remainder of the public hearing ... The Inquiry is now looking at ways of reconvening the hearing as soon as possible and will provide an update in due course."

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