The hearings in Russia’s Supreme Court continue on 6 April 2017.
Courtroom reporting is provided.
The Witnesses request that the Ministry claim be denied in full. The full text of the objections is provided.
The actions of the Ministry of Justice have all the signs of political repression, from the viewpoint of Russian and international law.
Supreme Court Receives 395 Petitions From Local Organisations of Jehovah’s Witnesses to Be Admitted to Case
All 395 local religious organisations of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia, which the Ministry of Justice has wanted to ban behind their back, filed claims in the Supreme Court to be admitted to the case as co-defendants.
The Administrative Centre of Jehovah’s Witnesses appealed in court the order of the Russian Ministry of Justice suspending the activity of all 396 registered organisations of this religion in Russia.
Great Britain’s representative to the Venice Commission believes that the claim against Jehovah’s Witnesses will not help Russia consolidate its reputation as a civilized nation.
Massimo Introvigne: “The Only Relationship Between Jehovah’s Witnesses and Violence Is They Have Been Victims of Violence”
The OSCE Representative on Combatting Racism, Xenophobia and Discrimination speaks about the attempt of the Ministry of Justice to ban Jehovah’s Witnesses.
The UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion speaks about the attempt of the Ministry of Justice to ban Jehovah’s Witnesses.
For 8,000 Witnesses in Crimea, the Ministry of Justice claim to declare their 22 organisations “extremist” was a complete surprise.
Annika Vitamar: “If Jehovah’s Witnesses Are Extremists, Then Most Versions of Christianity Could Be Called the Same”
A religious historian from Denmark speaks about the judicial claim against Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia.
The motions were filed because of the widespread publicity of this case.
Unprecedented news is the occasion for this appeal.
The Ministry requests that the Supreme Court ban, not only the Administrative Centre, but also all 395 local religious organisations of Jehovah’s Witnesses, as well as seize all property. The court has already set a hearing date.
The Administrative Centre has filed a petition requesting that action be deferred on the claim of the Russian Ministry of Justice, because it does not comply with the rules for filing a statement of claim.
The claim was filed by the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation. Millions of Witnesses throughout the world consider the Ministry’s actions a big mistake.
On 13 March 2017, the Administrative Centre of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia officially filed its “Objections to the Inspection Report No. 2 dated 27 February 2017” with the Russian Ministry of Justice.
It was illegal to suspend for 45 days the activity of the Local Religious Organisation of Jehovah’s Witnesses in the City of Voronezh.
Pursuant to legislation on Counteracting Extremist Activity, the Administrative Centre of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia issues a public statement.
On 10 February 2017, a group of 15 law enforcement officers disrupted a religious service attended by approximately 100 Jehovah’s Witnesses.