The Supreme Court decision has caused a torrent of violations of the rights of citizens. Reports indicate that the management of institutions are initiating the dismissal of Jehovah’s Witnesses.
The Oryol Regional Court will consider an appeal against a decision to impose detention for two months on a local Jehovah’s Witness, Dennis Christensen, a Danish citizen.
A hearing date has been set for an appeal against the RF Supreme Court decision dated 20 April 2017 to liquidate the Religious Organisation Administrative Centre of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia.
The appeal was filed on 29 May 2017 with the Chamber on Criminal Cases of the regional court.
An 8-year-old girl sang songs of Jehovah’s Witnesses and talked about God with a classmate. The school director handed her parents a warning.
Respected among his circle of fellow believers, 44-year-old Danish citizen Dennis Christensen was sent to the Oryol Detention Centre for two months. He is charged with continuing the activity of an organisation that has been banned for extremism (Article 282.2 of the Russian Criminal Code).
On 24 May 2017 in the town of Zheshart, a house used for religious services of Jehovah’s Witnesses was set on fire. The remains of a firebomb were found.
On 25 May 2017, no less than 15 armed people, including FSB officers, entered a house where local Jehovah’s Witnesses were found.
The man explained that his barbaric actions resulted from his negative attitude toward the religion of Jehovah’s Witnesses.
The full text of the appeal is published. The date of the appeal hearing has not yet been set.
In Kabardino-Balkaria, Criminal Proceedings Begin Against Jehovah’s Witness Under “Extremism” Article
On 16 May 2017, the Prokhladniy City Court began considering a case in which a local Witness is charged under Article 282 of the Russian Criminal Code.
The 26-minute statement by a lawyer in oral arguments during the historic judicial proceedings on banning Jehovah’s Witnesses. “The most dangerous form of extremism is a wave of persecution of believing citizens merely because they worship God”, noted Novakov.
The Supreme Court decision has caused a wave of aggressive, threatening acts against Jehovah’s Witnesses.
Witnesses Continue to Be Denied Right to Alternative Civilian Service, Based on Supreme Court Decision
Another violation of the right to alternative civilian service (ACS) has occurred in Chuvashia.
On the background of judicial action against organisations of Jehovah’s Witnesses, some children have begun to experience unprecedented pressure. Here are some instances from Bashkiria and the Rostov and Kirov Regions.
Young Men Denied Constitutional Right to Alternative Service After Supreme Court Decision Liquidating Organisations of Jehovah’s Witnesses
Young Witnesses from the Republic of Tatarstan and Chuvashia report problems exercising their right to alternative civilian service.
On 30 April 2017 in the village of Lutsino (Moscow Region), a local resident firebombed the home of Witnesses.
Actions motivated by hatred of Jehovah’s Witnesses in the Kaliningrad, Penza and Rostov Regions as well as in Krasnoyarsk Territory.
Kalin called the claim of the Ministry of Justice “a crime against one’s own people” in his four-minute statement in oral arguments during the historic judicial proceedings on banning Jehovah’s Witnesses.