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    • By James Thomas Rook Jr.
      Norway is the great catalyst that will force the GB to start thinking about basic human rights, as currently there is a lot of discussion in the Norwegian Government about " ... Why are we giving the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society Norwegian dollars (Kroners) every year from Tax money for their charities ... for EACH and every of the approximately 112,000 JWs in Norway (paraphrased), when they prohibit their members to vote"... which THEY consider to be an inalienable, and non-negotiable human right of all peoples, everywhere.
      The WTB&TS is currently being governed by the Lawyers, Accountants, and the Finances department, with the GB not admitting being personally responsible for ANYTHING.
      What we consider "reasonable", they consider EXTREMIST, and many European nations give tax money to ALL legitimate churches, without restriction on how they spend it.
      By violating what these governments' and peoples' basic understanding on what constitutes extremism, soon, if not already, it is going to affect the flow of cash into the Society's Treasury.
      One of several major concerns of the Governing Body is to not hemorrhage money, as it has been doing for years in the constant Child Sexual Abuse court cases.
      THIS is what will drive any change .... not love ... not justice ...not fairness .... MONEY!
      By the way .... has the Society recently decided that voting is a matter of personal conscience?
      What I have read is so "weasel worded", I cannot tell.

    • By Bible Speaks
      JW’S in russia are treated as criminals.. 
      On 10, 18, 19  20 April 2018 and even recently on may 17 2018, a series of searches were carried out in the homes of citizens suspected of Jehovah's Witnesses in bashkortostan, murmansk region, seaside province and ivanovo region and other regions. 
      In what appears to be a coordinated campaign, special police forces (OMON), at times wearing masks and carrying machine guns, raided WitnessesÂ’ homes, pointed guns at them,destroying properties and valuables and detaining both young and old for interrogations.
      The searches were conducted almost simultaneously, with the participation of armed riot policemen, who acted extremely rudely.During one of the searches, official officers invaded the believers and placed a pistol in the neighbor's head in the communal apartment, although the man did not offer resistance, and forced this peaceful man to lay on the ground, so that he remained in that position for about 15 minutes.The man was threatened with handcuffs to prevent him from obtaining legal advice by phone.
      In the evening, Roman Markin was at home with his 16-year-old daughter. At 19:40 the door to their apartment was knocked out by special forces. Threatening with weapons, they were forced to lie down on the floor and searched. Markin's daughter was taken away and interrogated until 3 am. In another place an elderly man opened a door to a group of armed special forces, and they pushed him so violently that he fell. By their actions, law enforcers hurt two more women who were visiting. Adolescents, siblings, were put to the wall and ordered to keep their arms outstretched. A total of 17 citizens were searched, all electronic devices were seized and taken to the interrogation, which lasted until 7am the following day. 
      In one of the regions, the officer said to the witnesses:“You will be let go as soon as you state that you are not a member of the organization of Jehovah’s Witnesses.” In another case, an officer also  told a victim: “We are ridding the earth of you.” All the Witnesses were taken to the police station for fingerprinting and further questioning.
      Officers raided the home of Anatoliy Vilitkevich and arrested him. They told his wife that she would not see her husband “for a long time.” Just like Dennis, authorities have charged him under Article 282.2(1) of the Criminal Code with ‘organizing the activity of an extremist organization’ and are holding him in pretrial detention until June 2, 2018.
      If convicted, he faces up to ten years in prison. . 
      It must be noted that in october 2016,the law enforcement officers came to the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses in russia, and stated that the building could have weapons. As expected, weapons were not found, but banned brochures were demonstratively  "discovered". The epidemic of such falsifications led to the decision of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation, which caused arrests of believers.
      All searches and arrests were the direct consequences of the Russian Supreme Court decision liquidating and banning all legal entities of Jehovah's Witnesses in Russia. 

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      Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. A special(interim) legal report for the Russian brothers and sisters have been released and from which the above information was extracted. It is available for all and can be distributed. 
      The Legal report shows the effect the first six months have had after the prohibitive decision of the Supreme Court.
      Download the Russian version

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    • By Bible Speaks
      Armenia lost the case before the representatives of Jehovah's Witnesses at the ECHR *
      EREVÁN, March 7, 2018, 00:42 - REGNUM Armenia lost the next case before the European Court of Human Rights. This time, the case concerns four representatives of the religious organization "Jehovah's Witnesses" (an organization whose activities are prohibited in the Russian Federation). The ECHR found that Armenia violated the ninth article of the European Convention (violation of freedom of thought and religion) in its respect. According to the verdict of the court, the Armenian authorities are obliged to pay the claimants, in three months, 48,000 euros (12,000 each). Russian Su-57 attacked American militants and instructors
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      On July 17, 2017, the judicial board of the Supreme Court of Russia decided to reject the organization's appeal against the resolution on its liquidation. On April 20, the Supreme Court of Russia recognized the Jehovah's Witnesses as an extremist organization and liquidated it. Their activities are prohibited in the territory of the country.
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      Recognize that the organization "Jehovah's Witnesses" forbade and confiscated all their properties for the extremism that previously required the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation. The lawsuit agency noted that "Jehovah's Witnesses" (an organization whose activities are banned in the Russian Federation) are promoting the idea of their exclusivity and superiority over other religions, which represents a threat to public order.
      In addition, the organization repeatedly ran into violations of the law and did not take any action to eliminate them. - Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content.

    • By Bible Speaks
      Brothers from Russia report an escalation of police violence against Jehovah’s Witnesses 
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      Massive searches and criminal cases against believers in Kemerovo and Belgorod - in reference to the decision of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation
      At least 16 houses of civilians in Belgorod and 12 houses in Kemerovo were subjected to intrusions and searches of law enforcement agencies. Dozens of people were arrested, some remain in custody for two days. It is suspected that citizens continue the activities of the organization "Center for management of Jehovah's Witnesses in Russia". Therefore, this criminal prosecution is a direct consequence of the decision of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation of April 20, 2017 to recognize this organization as "extremist".
      On the night of 7 February 2018 in Belgorod, large groups of law enforcement officers, composed of police officers, the Investigation Department of the Ministry of the Interior and the armed fighters of the SOBR, simultaneously invaded several private houses of local residents. . In some cases, the citizens were thrown to the ground, placed against the wall, then all were taken by force to the police, in the houses they registered. A group of deaf people were also taken to the police, who met for friendly communication. In total, the police department on the street. Prince Trubetskoi, 60, was handed over to dozens of people. In the management of citizens, the passport data, the fingerprints, the downloaded citations are collected. The last one left at 9 in the morning of the following day.
      In Kemerovo, on January 23, 2018, fanatics were searched in the homes of civilians. The case, instituted on January 19, 2018 in part 2 of art. 282.2 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation, is carried out by the investigator of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation for especially important cases, Colonel Justice Oksana Rybalkina. She asked the court to make records in the homes of citizens, arguing that, according to her, at least 14 local residents continue to profess the religion of the Jehovah's Witnesses. The judge of the central district court of the city of Kemerovo, Irina Ivanova, at one time satisfied at least 12 of his motions. As a result, a search was carried out in 12 houses of peaceful believers, which continued even during the night. In some cases, SOBR officers armed with masks opened their doors by force, burst in and placed the civilians against the wall with their arms raised or falling to the ground. Sometimes, the apartment was invaded by more than 10 people, including police officers, Rosgvardia and the Investigation Committee. Citizens were denied the opportunity to make a phone call or to invite a lawyer; the refusal was accompanied by an explanation by Stanislav Shlagov, a high-ranking police officer in particularly important cases: "We are not in the United States." Citizens, including women and the elderly, experience a state close to shock. Many have aggravated chronic diseases. Telephones, tablets, computers, personal belongings and information media are confiscated. It is reported that the witnesses who were present during the searches were familiar with the police and actively helped them, in some cases with their advice.
       Supreme Court, which prohibits the activities of a religious organization "Administrative Center of Jehovah's Witnesses in Russia", will not be removed the constitutional right faithful to practice their religion freely. However, Judge Ivanov, for example, by allowing searches of investigative conduct Rybalkina did not bring any evidence that they are citizens continue to participate in the activities of the organization liquidated by a court, and not only to exercise their inalienable constitutional right to the freedom of religion. In the Kemerovo Regional Court, 11 appeals have already been filed against judicial decisions to authorize the production of records.
      It is noteworthy that the Russian Ministry of Justice, who asked about the liquidation of the legal person of Jehovah's Witnesses, insists that the constitutional rights of believers their claim could not be affected.

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    • By Bible Speaks
      As a result of a 4-hour meeting on December 7,2017, the court, presided over by Judge Bogdanova, satisfied the prosecutor's request with the tacit agreement of the representative of Rosreestr to confiscate the bethel property. The property  is a  large complex of real estate in St. Petersburg , "The Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of Pennsylvania."
      The issue deals with 14 buildings of 33,000 square meters, located on ten hectares of improved land in the village of Solnechnoe in the Kurort district of St. Petersburg.The property is valued about 800 million rubies 
       This complex has been openly owned since 2000 by the "Watchtower Society," an association that has been active since 1884 serving the interests of Jehovah's Witnesses throughout the world.
      The Russian federation did not finance the construction of the complex. An abandoned Pioneers' camp was acquired on a commercial basis by Jehovah's Witnesses from a Russian enterprise. The ownership rights to the aforesaid complex, belonging to the "Watchtower Society," were officially registered by appropriate agencies of the Russian federation and for a space of 17 years nobody has challenged them. In these years, the "Watchtower Society," as owner of the real estate, transferred to the Russian budget tens of millions of rubles in the form of taxes.
      However, the Russian publication believes Russia will inevitably face lawsuit and pay for the confiscated Bethel property, and the total amount of the compensation may far exceed the property cost. Thus, reporters believe that Russia made a generous gift to Jehovah's Witnesses. He also believes Witnesses will go to not only European but also American courts, and a diplomatic scandal is guaranteed.
      It is shocking that even top Russian officials can lie in a brazen and unblushing way.
      Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov claimed that Jehovah's witnesses do not obey Russian laws and teaches its members to do the same. He said : "As for Jehovah's Witnesses, in Russia all organizations that call their supporters to openly violate Russian laws are prohibited. This is exactly what the sect did. They were warned, but failed to hear and continued involving their members in anti-Constitutional activity. There are no questions here."
      This is one of the officials whom many Witnesses across the world sent their letters.
      A video showing  bethel family in russia leaves the beautiful branch office in due to the unjust decision the court rendered...

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    • By The Librarian
      On June 10, 2010, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled that the dissolution of a congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses by a Russian court violated Articles 9 and 11 of the European Convention on Human Rights. The court found that in enacting the ban, the Russian government denied the congregation its rights to religious freedom, a right described by the court as "one of the foundations of a 'democratic society.'" The Russian government had attempted to defend the ban, citing the limitations of Article 9, which allow restrictions on religious activity that are prescribed by law, that pursue the aim of maintaining public health, safety and morals, and that are necessary in a democratic society. The Russian government argued that the Jehovah's Witnesses had forced converts to break ties with their families and that the congregation infringed on the rights of citizens by restricting members' employment opportunities, utilized "mind control" techniques, and encouraged suicide through the congregation's absolute prohibition on blood transfusions and organ donation. 
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      By Guest Nicole
      MOSCOW, May 22 (RAPSI) – The Jehovah’s Witnesses organization banned in Russia as extremist has filed a complaint with the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe over Moscow’s refusal to implement a ruling of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR).
      A copy of the application has been published on the website of the Council of Europe.
      In March 2004, the Golovinsky District Court has granted prosecutors motion seeking to liquidate Jehovah’s Witnesses in Moscow (Moscow LRO). Following that, the religious organization lodged a complaint with ECHR. In June 2010, ECHR ruled in favor of applicants and ordered Russia to pay them € 20,000 in compensation and €50,000 in respect of costs and expense.
      The Russian government has refused “to implement the above-mentioned judgment,” according to the application filed with the Council of Europe.
      “The situation is now critical. On April 20, 2017, the Supreme Court of Russia granted the application of the Ministry of Justice of Russia and banned Jehovah’s Witnesses nationwide and ordered the liquidation of their national legal entity, the Administrative Centre of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia (Administrative Centre), and 395 local religious organizations (LROs) of Jehovah’s Witnesses, including the Moscow LRO. This is now the second time the applicant organization has been liquidated”, the complaint signed by lawyer John M. Burns reads.
      The Supreme Court of Russia banned Jehovah's Witnesses as extremist organization in April 2017.
      The Justice Ministry said that violations of the law “On Combatting Extremism” had been revealed during inspection conducted in the organization. The Prosecutor General’s Office’s notice concerning inadmissibility of carrying out extremist activities by Jehovah's Witnesses has taken effect, the Ministry said.
      Jehovah’s Witnesses religious organization has had many legal problems in Russia. Since 2009, 95 materials distributed by the organization in the country have been declared extremist and 8 Jehovah's Witnesses’ branches have been liquidated.
      Jehovah's Witnesses is an international religious organization based in Brooklyn, New York. Since 2004 several branches and chapters of the organization were banned and shut down in various regions of Russia.

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    • Guest Nicole
      By Guest Nicole
      The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has ruled that Turkey violated the right to freedom of religion of a group of Jehovah Witnesses in İzmir and Mersin through “direct interference” by refusing to grant them appropriate places of worship. 

      The Association for Solidarity with Jehovah Witnesses and others appealed against the ECHR against Turkey in June 2010 and complained that national authorities refused to grant a place of worship status to their houses of worship while also rejecting their requests to provide access to places of worship. 

      In the appeal, the association claimed Turkey violated the group’s right to freedom of religion (Article 9), right to a fair trial (Article 6) and freedom of assembly and association (Article 11). The group added that they did not benefit from the right to an effective remedy (Article 13) and were discriminated against over their membership to a minority religious community – a violation of prohibition of discrimination (Article 14). 

      The aforementioned difficulties arose from a Turkish Law No. 3194 on Urban Planning which prohibits the opening of places of worship on sites which were designated for other purposes in local development plans.

      The same law also established a number of conditions to build places of worship. Accordingly, even a small place of worship must have a surface area of at least 2,550 square meters. 

      The private premises which were used by Jehovah’s Witnesses in the southern province of Mersin and the Aegean province of İzmir were closed down by authorities for being “unlawful.” Appeals by the believers for the allocation or use of alternative premises as places of worship were also turned down by courts. 

      In its decision, the ECHR ruled that “the impugned rejections by the authorities amounted to such a direct interference with their freedom of religion that it was neither proportionate to the legitimate aim pursued nor necessary in a democratic society.”

      Noting that states are largely free to implement urban planning policies, the court nevertheless underlined that the needs of minority communities were not taken into consideration by state authorities. 

      “Domestic courts had taken no account of the specific needs of a small community of believers,” the ECHR said, adding that Turkey’s practices were in violation of Article 9 of the convention. 

      Violations of the remaining articles on which the Jehovah Witnesses complained should also be declared admissible, the court said, but found no need to examine their merits because they were already sufficiently covered.

      Turkey was ordered to pay 1,000 euros to the applicants in non-pecuniary damages in addition to 4,000 euros to cover their costs and expenses.
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