JW's efforts to block sex abuse inquiry squashed

by darkspilver 17 Replies latest watchtower child-abuse

  • blondie

    I remember in the bible that Jews were tossing their living children into the fire. I try to imagine them going to court and saying preventing them from doing so would violate their religious beliefs.

  • Slidin Fast
    Slidin Fast
    Incredible that they would waste so much time and money appealing instead of cooperating.

    How can they possibly justify this waste?

    Contrast the Methodists in the UK who held up their hands, admitted their flaws and invited victims to come forward. That generates respect, the problem evaporates, the congregants can hold up their heads.

    The JW position invites contempt. How can any Jw in the UK feel proud to be a part of that?

  • UnshackleTheChains

    It sickens me why they (the so called FDS) go to such great lengths to get in the way of Justice toward their own members who have been hurt and emotionally scarred.

    The GB members sitting up there in their ivory tower MUST surely.... SURELY now see the writing on the wall, when every stupid thing they do is exposed for all to see via the internet.

  • zeb

    So the wt in Britain will go through the same clumsy bumbling indignation that the wt did in Australia when first appearing before the Royal Commission.

    UTC: Yes they do see the writing on the wall but they have denied denied denied so to co-operate now would be seen in their eyes as a turn around. On a par with the Pharisees calling off the Roman soldiers just as they were about to nail up Jesus and saying "we were wrong he is the son of God".

  • darkspilver

    For those interested....

    The article has appeared in the Wednesday 5 April 2017 print edition of The Guardian Newspaper.

    It appears, in a cut-down version compared to the web article, at the bottom of page 4.

    Jehovah’s Witness group loses its bid to block sexual abuse inquiry

    A Jehovah’s Witness congregation in Manchester has lost a legal attempt to block an investigation into its handling of allegations of sexual abuse, after failing to convince a judge that the inquiry amounted to religious discrimination.

    Groups linked to the religion mounted a legal challenge to prevent the Charity Commission from starting two inquiries into allegations concerned with survivors of sexual abuse being forced to face their attackers at “judicial committees”.

    The commission began a statutory inquiry into the Manchester New Moston congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses in 2014, after reports surfaced that a convicted paedophile, Jonathan Rose, was brought face-to-face with survivors of his abuse at a judicial committee.

    The commission’s second statutory inquiry concerned the UK’s main Jehovah’s Witness charity, the Watch Tower Bible Tract Society of Great Britain , which oversees the UK’s 1,500 congregations and is believed to play a key role in deciding how abuse claims are handled.

    WTBTS launched litigation, including an attempt to challenge in the supreme court the commission’s decision to start an investigation. The charity also fought, in the lower courts, against production orders obliging it to give the commission access to records showing how it handled the allegations, although in January it dropped its opposition to these requests.

    Yesterday, at the upper tribunal of the tax and chancery division at the Royal Courts of Justice, in London, which hears appeals from the charity tribunal, Mrs Justice Asplin ruled that the lower tribunal had been “entitled to decide that there was no direct discrimination”.

    The commission’s head of litigation, Chris Willis Pickup, said: “We regret public and charity funds [were] used on this litigation, but we will continue to defend robustly our legitimate role in investigating serious concerns about charities.”

    BTW some nice subbing going on with the headline in the print edition - the online version was headlined: "Jehovah’s Witnesses congregation's efforts to block inquiry squashed"

  • darkspilver

    Story in The Civil Society - doesn't seem to add anything new though...

    Jehovah’s Witness charity appeal against child abuse inquiry dismissed


  • darkspilver

    Story in Third Sector:

    Upper Tribunal dismisses appeal by Jehovah's Witnesses congregation


  • Xanthippe

    Brilliant thank you. Amazing that they think an enquiry by the Charity Commission is interfering with their human rights, this cult that forbids people from talking to their own children for the rest of their lives.

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