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  1. The head of the Office for democratic institutions and human rights (ODIHR) Michael link expressed concern about the recognition in Russia the organization «Jehovah’s Witnesses» extremist, reads the statement of the ODIHR. «I’m worried about unjustified criminalization of peaceful activities of the members of the communities of «Jehovah’s Witnesses» in Russia, the elimination of this community in the country», — quotes the Link to his press service. «The Supreme court’s decision poses a threat to the values and principles upon which a democratic, free, open, pluralistic and tolerant society,» he said. In turn, the representative of the OSCE Chairman on combating racism, xenophobia and discrimination Ingeborg Gabriel stated that «the prohibition, the persecution of innocent people for a simple service, clearly violates the fundamental right to freedom of religion, and with it international standards of human rights guaranteed by the Constitution of the Russian Federation, so it must as soon as possible to reconsider». Also ODIHR has expressed concern that the police stopped a religious service of «Jehovah’s Witnesses». «I urge the Russian authorities to provide observance of the right to freedom of religion or belief, opinion and expression, peaceful Assembly and associations of persons belonging to the community «Jehovah’s Witnesses». Their rights must be respected in accordance with OSCE commitments and international law in the field of human rights,» said Linc. The Russian armed forces, 20 APR recognized extremist activity «administrative center of Jehovah’s witnesses in Russia» and forbade its performance. The representatives of «Jehovah’s Witnesses» have declared intention to appeal this decision to the European court of human rights. In defense of the organization by the German foreign Ministry and the foreign service of the EU. Source
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  5. Встреча в будние дни 2017-04-24 Via
  6. Hundreds of people where killed in the mudslide but only the three were members of the JW. However, five JW families also lost their homes. A statement from the headquarters in New York revealed that Jehovah’s Witnesses have begun relief work to provide food, potable water, gasoline, and lodging to victims, and providing spiritual support. “The branch office is continuing to monitor the situation and support the ongoing relief efforts”, the statement said. See full statement below. “During the early morning hours of Saturday, April 1, 2017, three rivers overflowed near the city of Mocoa, the capital of the Colombian province Putumayo, causing devastating mudslides that killed hundreds. “Unfortunately, the Colombia branch office of Jehovah’s Witnesses reports that two of Jehovah’s Witnesses died in the disaster and one other is missing. “Additionally, five Witness families lost their homes. Jehovah’s Witnesses have begun relief work to provide food, potable water, gasoline, and lodging to victims, and Witness elders are providing spiritual support. The branch office is continuing to monitor the situation and support the ongoing relief efforts”.
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  7. SAN PIETROBURGO, Sala delle Assemblee dei testimoni di Geova di Prospettiva Kolomyazhski. Nel giro di poche ore dopo la lettura della sentenza due auto piene di invasati si sono recate alla Sala delle Assemblee. Le auto sono state disposte in modo da bloccare l'ingresso alla Sala. Gli invasati hanno cominciato a gridare ed a inveire frasi offensive contro i testimoni di Geova. In assenza di reazioni alle loro provocazioni hanno cominciato a lanciare sassi...
  8. ST PETERSBURG, Assembly Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses of Kolomyazhski Perspective. Within a few hours after the verdict two cars full of crazies have traveled to the Assembly Hall. The cars were arranged so as to block the entrance to the room. The Haunting began screaming and yelling offensive phrases against Jehovah's Witnesses. In the absence of any reaction to their provocations they began throwing stones and causing damage to the structure. The photos bear witness to the passage of the possessed. The lawyers of the process branch had predicted that events would take such a turn. So who are the extremists? We are seeing a new Kristallnacht? Another report below: ---------------------------------------------------------------- Interview with Yaroslav Sivulsky, member of governing body of the Administrative Center of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia BY ADMIN_HRWF (21.04.2017) –
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    – Portal-Credo.Ru: What are the very first practical consequences of the decision of the Supreme Court of the RF regarding your liquidation? Yaroslav Sivulsky: One can say with certainty that we will not be able to conduct our big events—district and regional congresses, which we conduct three times a year, because our activity will not only be suspended but it is prohibited according to the court. In essence, this part of the decision is taking effect immediately. And if our houses of worship are confiscated, then regular meetings of congregations, which are conducted weekly, also will be impossible. Most likely, only one option remains—that is to meet in private homes of fellow believers. But this is a serious restriction of freedom. Have any excesses arisen in the wake of yesterday’s decision and the “informational campaign” to arouse hostility toward Jehovah’s Witnesses in the news media that accompanies it? –Today we learned that our Hall of Congresses in St. Petersburg was stoned, glass was broken, and serious physical damage was caused. From the regions we are receiving reports that some of our houses of worship have already been sealed. For example, in Crimea just yesterday police came to the house of worship, interrupted a meeting, and sealed the building. But these are only the starters; all this will come to fruition and around the country a wave of violence against Jehovah’s Witnesses is rising. How is the Administrative Center now functioning? –In essence, it ceased its usual activity: bank accounts are frozen, and work is not being conducted any longer in the offices. We are following the court’s decision and we cannot do anything else for now. Will you continue evangelistic work in Russia, and if so, in what forms? –We call this activity witnessing. Our fellow believers witness about what is written in the Bible, and it seems to me now this should be the personal decision of each of our fellow believers in the country, how they will act in the future. They should take account of certain consequences that participation in religious activity may entail, but practice will show that no decision of courts will be able to restrain a Christian from performing the task which Jesus Christ or God commanded of acquainting other people with God’s standards, with his intentions, and with his personality. Most likely, this activity will continue. Perhaps in a somewhat less explicit form. The status of the Jehovah’s Witnesses was equated in the Russian federation to the Islamic State . . . –Actually, the boundary between real and virtual extremism has been washed away. Many times such statements of our defenders have been voiced in the Supreme Court: Jehovah’s Witnesses are accused of virtual or literal extremism. It is clear that Jehovah’s Witnesses are not any kind of extremists; they are very far from this. On the contrary, they proclaim respect for people and love. Jesus said: “By this they will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another,” and not hatred. Jehovah’s Witnesses treat people of other faiths and other nations with respect. If you come to an international congress of the Jehovah’s Witnesses, you will see the greatest diversity of skin color and the greatest diversity of nationalities—and they all hug each other and get along amicably. Is it true that on the eve of this court decision you made some attempts to rearrange the property belonging to Jehovah’s Witnesses organizations in order to save it from confiscation? –Some small attempts were made. But it seems that this was blocked. However before the court’s decision takes effect there is still a lot of time, but all operations with our immovable property are suspended so that we have no chances for rewriting or rearranging anything. That means that for you there is already nowhere to return to your workplace? –Essentially, yes. Interview conducted by Vladimir Oivin, Portal-Credo.Ru. (tr. by PDS, posted 23 April 2017)
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  9. Defense Secretary James Mattis spoke to reporters following a meeting with Afghan President Ashraf Ghan in Kabul about an attack on Afghan soldiers inside a mosque. In his comments Secretary Mattis said if the Taliban wants to engage in the political process, they need to renounce the violence and reject terrorism. On Russia’s role, he added that the U.S. and NATO will confront Russia if reports of assistance to the Taliban are true and violate international law. Afghanistan military operations commander General John Nicholson also took part in the news conference.
  10. @bruceq You did a fine job. I actually prefer to know the truth about even the fake news stories that are popping up all over the net. It is good we have a record that can stay up for anyone researching a story. In no way was I trying to discourage you. I actually think you do a good service by enabling myriads of fact-checkers. Agape!
  11. Jehovah’s Witnesses are involved in ongoing relief work to repair hundreds of homes following a devastating typhoon that struck the Philippines at the end of 2016. Source
  12. In the future... let's post the article with the source.. then at the bottom state your concern about it possibly being "fake news" instead of in the title. At this point no one can prove it is false.....what if it turns out to be true?