Contents tagged with Jehovah's Witnesses

  • EU expressed its deep regret over Russia’s decision to ban Jehovah’s Witnesses

    The European Union expressed its regret that the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation confirmed its decision to liquidate all registered organizations of Jehovah's Witnesses, as announced on Tuesday, July 18, by the European Union External Action Service.

    “Jehovah's Witnesses, like all other religious organizations, are guaranteed the right to peaceful freedom of assembly by the Russian Constitution, as well as by Russia's international obligations and international human rights standards," …

  • Russian Jehovah's Witnesses to appeal to European Court of Human Rights over ban on their activities in Russia

    Russian Jehovah's Witnesses intend to apply to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) to appeal the dissolution of their organization in Russia,  as announced on Monday, July 17, by attorney Viktor Zhenkov, who is representing the Jehovah's Witnesses in court.

    "The final point on this issue has still not been made, insofar as the Supreme Court has violated not only the norms of Russian legislation, but also international legislation; therefore, we will appeal this decision to the European …

  • Military Registration office in the annexed Crimea asked a Jehovah's Witnesses follower to change his beliefs

    The Military Commission of the Bakhchisaray district of the annexed Crimea demanded a conscript-follower of the Jehovah’s Witnesses to provide “documentation of his change of belief”, as stated on the Russian Jehovah's Witnesses’ website.

    It was reported that in early June, the Military Registration and Enlistment Office denied the young man the right to alternative services, stating he must change his beliefs.

    The organization's website has also published a copy of the draft notice, in which …

  • In meeting with Putin, Merkel called for Ukraine to be given back control over its borders

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel held a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday, May 2. As planned earlier, the meeting in Sochi took place before the G20 summit on May 7-8.

    During the press conference at the conclusion of the meeting, the politicians spoke about matters pertaining to bilateral relations, the fight against terrorism, as well as the situation in Syria and in Eastern Ukraine.

    Angela Merkel said that there is no need to make a new agreement regarding a peaceful …

  • Russia bans Jehovah’s Witnesses

    The Supreme Court of Russia has declared Jehovah’s Witnesses an extremist organization and determined that it be liquidated, as reported by Russia’s Interfax news agency.

    The organization’s property will be turned over for use by the state. A representative of Jehovah’s Witnesses said that the decision of the Russian Supreme Court will be appealed to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR).

    The lawsuit against the organization was filed on March 15th by the Ministry of Justice. The office …

  • The activities of the Jehovah's Witnesses organization have been suspended in Russia

    The activity of the Jehovah's Witnesses organization has been suspended in Russia due to "extremist activities", as reported by Russia's Interfax news agency.

    According to information on the website of the Russian Ministry of Justice, the religious organization, the Administrative Center of Jehovah's Witnesses in Russia, was added to the list of public and religious organizations whose activities are suspended due to their "extremist nature", by the order of the Ministry of Justice of the …