Christian Times: Jehovah's Witnesses consider European court appeal after Russian Supreme Court upholds ban on sect

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  • AndersonsInfo

    July 19, 2017

    The Jehovah's Witnesses expressed its plans to appeal to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg after the Russian Supreme Court upheld a ruling that banned the sect and declared it as an "extremist" organization.

    "We plan to appeal this at the European Court of Human Rights as soon as we can. All legal avenues inside Russia have been exhausted," Yaroslav Sivulskiy, a member of the European Association of Jehovah's Christian Witnesses, told Reuters.

    Sivulskiy said that the sect strongly disagreed with the court's ruling, but it had no option but to comply.

    The latest court ruling would allow the Russian government to liquidate the 395 Jehovah's Witnesses congregations and seize the sect's properties.

    David Semonian, a spokesman for the sect, issued a statement saying, "it's very concerning that despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary, powerful elements within Russia continue to frame our organization as extremist."


  • problemaddict 2
    problemaddict 2

    ......for more press. They forgot to add they plan to appeal to get the word out and receive more empathy from other nations, particularly where they might be under investigation, or perhaps having their charitable status up for consideration.

    Russia could seriously care less about the European court of human rights.

  • nowwhat?

    It was always a head scratcher to me that when one part of Satan's world bans witnesses they appeal to another part of Satan's world for relief.

  • waton

    It is a replay of the Canada / Quebec situation, where strong arm tactics within a sympathetic population, was overruled by a more liberally minded larger entity. and

    The European Union is liberally minded, bent on destroying itself. Will Russia mount a defence , using all the ammunition that The RC in Australia and revealing sources about WBTS Inc. practises could provide? Poor JWs caught in the middle do not deserve this hassle. Lives being destroyed while many JW profiteers prosper.

  • steve2

    Like Russia listens to what the rest of the world says.

  • WTWizard

    How the heaven are they supposed to appeal to the EU on this ban? They are supposed to be politically neutral, and this violates the principle as much as a similar petition to do something that might actually make the world a better place to live. Suppose a jokehovian were to petition the EU to ban fluoride from being added to Ireland's water supply? And this were to become known to the hounders? What would the hounders do in that scenario? Probably disfellowship the "offender" for blowing the political neutrality principle.

    So, why are they getting away with petitioning the EU to reverse a ban on jokehovians in Russia? Ask me, and I say fluoride in the water is more serious than a ban on the jokehovians. You have the choice to not believe the rubbish the Filthful and Disgraceful Slavebugger puts out as spiritual monosodium glutamate. Do you have the choice to not drink the water if they put fluoride in it?

  • Fisherman

    How could jw possibly loose in that European Court? But it does not seem that Russia will abide by any such Court ruling that would go against their SC decision.

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