I'm researching a piece on the witnesses, as an ex born in witness now writer, and would really appreciate any thoughts.
As most of you all know the witnesses rely heavily on Article 20 of the above act - everyone has the right to peaceful assembly and association. But they also contravene several other articles of the act with their policy of disfellowshipping, causing mental distress to people who leave, they split up the family - a protected unit- and don't allow members to vote or to partake in national service, things protected by the act. Here's the link to the act, read it though and see if you can spot things witnesses aren't allowed to do that every human should be allowed to do freely -
So my questions are firstly, does anyone know if ex-witnesses in the past have tried to use this in a legal setting to question the legality of the organisation's policies? And if not then what to do with this information - there's certainly a lot out there in public to undermine the witnesses, but i'm increasingly thinking that what they impose on people - because I guess the whole thing they would say is it's a choice the individual makes - is illegal, and they should be taken to task for that.