“This shameful and anti-legal decision brought Russia into line with countries notorious for its most odious regimes.”
The statement urges Russia to drop all charges against Jehovah's Witnesses, to release all those detained and to revise the Federal Law on Combating Extremist Activity.
“Mr. Christensen’s conviction and imprisonment for nothing more than peacefully practicing his faith is an unacceptable violation of the right to freedom of religion."
A few hours after the announcement of the sentence on Dennis Christensen, the European External Action Service issued a statement.
Human rights organizations from 18 countries urge the Russian authorities to release immediately and unconditionally all Jehovah's Witnesses in detention and to drop the charges for the involvement in extremism.
This application was filed on behalf of the 395 local religious organisations (LROs) that were liquidated by the Russian Supreme Court in April 2017 along with the Administrative Centre of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia.
The Russian government’s position in the international court blatantly contradicts its position in domestic court.
Vladimir Putin: “Jehovah’s Witnesses Are Also Christians. I Don’t Understand Either Why They’re Being Persecuted”.
“This is complete nonsense. We have to investigate this carefully”, Vladimir Putin commented regarding Jehovah’s Witnesses being included on the list of extremist organisations.
On 26 September 2018, the US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) announced that Dennis Christensen was included on the list of “Religious Prisoners of Conscience”.
The Prosecutor General’s Office was asked to verify the legality of the massive arrests of Jehovah’s Witnesses. The Council for Human Rights believes that this violates the Supreme Court decision.
An appeal was published on 19 June 2018 and signed by well-known human rights activists, legal scholars, writers, historians and public figures.
On 30 May 2018, the Supreme Court of the Republic of Kabardino-Balkaria reversed a lower court decision about blocking the official information site “Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia”.
On 15 May 2018, Denmark filed an application in the ECHR to be admitted to the case of Christensen v. Russia.
Aliyev’s fellow-believers could not hold back tears of joy.
On 10 May 2018, a delegation of the European Union (EU) to the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) issued …
The response to the application Administrative Centre of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia and Kalin v. Russia contains a statement that should serve as a warning to security agencies.
The application is called Administrative Centre of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia and Kalin v. Russia. The ECHR ordered Russia to submit its explanations by 23 March 2018.
The international community has unanimously condemned the ban on Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia. The charges against the Witnesses are based on the Federal List of Extremist Materials.
In Strasbourg at a meeting of the Committee of Ministers (the body supervising execution of ECHR judgments), the question of the persecution of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia was raised in the light of the claim filed by the Ministry of Justice in Russia’s Supreme Court.
It was illegal to suspend for 45 days the activity of the Local Religious Organisation of Jehovah’s Witnesses in the City of Voronezh.