Jehovah's Witnesses appeal Russian decision on declaring them extremist organization
[40 page court argument with 166 points.]
On September 11, 2017, at 11:30 am, lawyers for Jehovah's Witnesses filed a supervisory complaint against the decision of the Supreme Court to liquidate and ban all 396 registered religious organizations of Jehovah's Witnesses in Russia. The complaint must be scheduled for consideration by the Presidium of the Supreme Court of Russia within 3 months.
The request is to completely cancel the decision of the Supreme Court of April 20, 2017 and suspend its execution until the end of the proceedings in the court of the supervisory instance.
The decision of the Supreme Court of Russia, unjustifiably attributed to the "extremists" whole religion, has already resulted in the most negative consequences for believers in the form of dismissals , waves of religious hatred , attacks , police raids , criminal cases and imprisonment of innocent people.
The international community unanimously condemned this decision of the court.
The Jehovah’s Witnesses have lodged an appeal with Russia's Supreme Court after being added to an "extremist" registry alongside banned terrorist organizations, the court told the Interfax news agency on Tuesday.
Russia’s Justice Ministry added the religious group to a registry of banned organizations last month after the Supreme Court ruled in April to formally ban the group.
The judgement forced 396 registered Jehovah’s Witnesses branches across Russia to dissolve.
The Jehovah’s Witnesses said on their website on Monday that the Supreme Court has three months to consider the appeal.