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International forum condemns arrest of Jehovah's Witness

U.N. WORKING GROUP: ACTIONS OF R.F. AGAINST JEHOVAH'S WITNESSES ARE ILLEGAL

Kasparov.ru, 6 June 2019

 

The United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention recognized as illegal the detention of Dmitry Mikhailov from Shuya and called Russia to immediately release him and to conduct an investigation regarding those who are guilty, the European Association of Jehovah's Witnesses reported in a release that reached Kasparov.ru on 6 June.

 

Appeals against arrests have been sent by Russian Jehovah's Witnesses to three international instances: the European Court of Human Rights, the United Nations Committee on Human Rights, and the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention.

 

The decision of the working group made on 26 April was the first response.

 

For several months from late 2017, the telephones of Dmitry and his wife, Elena, were tapped and covert video surveillance of their life was conducted with the goal of establishing incidents of their group prayers and Bible reading. On 19 April 2018, the Investigative Committee of Russia (SKR) for Ivanovo oblast opened a criminal case against Mikhailov, and a search was conducted in their home. Dmitry was sent to a SIZO for six months and an accusation was later issued against Elena. The investigation appealed to the decision of the Supreme Court for the liquidation and prohibition of the activity of all organizations of Jehovah's Witnesses in Russia. (tr. by PDS, posted 13 June 2019)


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