JEHOVAH'S WITNESSES ASK COMMISSIONER FOR HUMAN RIGHTS TO APPEAL SUPREME COURT'S DECISION
Jehovah's Witnesses in Russia, 10 October 2017
On 9 October 2017 the Jehovah's Witnesses sent to Tatiana Moskalkova, the plenipotentiary for human rights in the Russian federation, an appeal against the decision of the Russian Supreme Court of 20 April 2017. The believers are asking the commissioner to exercise her right to appeal a decision of the court that has taken legal effect.
Among other things, the attention of the plenipotentiary for human rights is directed to the large-scale and accelerating violations of human rights that followed upon the issuance of said decision of the court. They are talking about the surge of aggression and vandalism against believers, raids by law enforcement personnel, surveillance of believers, the collection of personal information, including treatment of minors, refusals of granting alternative civilian service, discrimination in employment, arrests of believers, and even imprisonment.
Believers are hoping that after familiarizing herself with the materials of the case, Tatiana Moskalkova will consider it necessary to send to the presidium of the Russian Supreme Court a request to overturn the groundless and illegal decision of the court. (tr. by PDS, posted 10 October 2017)
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