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Jehovah's Witnesses under pressure over handling of sexual abuse claims Organisation faces fight to prevent Charity Commission examining its records of abuse claims after supreme court rejects its attempt to block inquiry A spokesman for the Jehovah’s Witnesses said: ‘We are in no position to, and neither would we wish to, force any victim of abuse to confront their attacker.’ Photograph: Fairfax Media via Getty Images The Jehovah’s Witnesses organisation is under increasing p
As of 9 April 2015 Watchtower Bible & Tract Society of Britain and the Manchester New Moston Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses have lost all appeals and attempts to prevent an investigation by the Charity Commission for England and Wales into their activities. In June 2014 the Charity Commission for England and Wales announced an investigation into Watchtower Bible & Tract Society of Britain and a number of congregations of Jehovah’s Witnesses. On 22 December 2014 the Jehovah’s Witnesses and Watchtower lodged a Notice of Appeal against the investigation (Appeal Number CA/2014/00
Trustees have asked the Court of Appeal to permit their legal challenge to the statutory inquiry that was opened by the commission in 2014. Following decisions against them at the Charity Tribunal and High Court, the trustees of the Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society of Britain (the leading Jehovah’s Witness charity in the UK) have asked the Court of Appeal to permit their legal challenge to the statutory inquiry into their activities that was opened by the commission in 2014. No decision was reached today. The commission is investigating how Watch Tower safeguards children and adul