Religious Freedom Threatened in Russia.

Dear Editor,

We, as Jehovah's Witnesses, are kindly requesting for you to publicize the situation of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia, wherein Russia’s Ministry of Justice has filed a claim with the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation seeking to have the Administrative Centre of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia labeled as an extremist organization and liquidated. The hearing is scheduled to be held on April 5, 2017.

We want to call your attention specifically to 3 items which are posted on the Newsroom of indicating that reputable international bodies consider the actions of the Russian authorities against Jehovah’s Witnesses to be unjustified:

(1) The European Court of Human Rights Upholds the Right of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia to Meet for Worship --- link

(2) Ministry of Justice Registers Jehovah’s Witnesses in Moscow --- link

(3) Russia Targets Jehovah’s Witnesses With Anti-Extremist Legislation, Reports UN Human Rights Committee.--- link

We also want to call your attention to a release dated March 28, 2017, from the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (CSCE), which promotes human rights and economic security in European, Eurasia, and North America, which can be accessed by clicking on the following link.

In addition, you are welcome to use any of the information which is available on the Newsroom of about the situation in Russia.

Thank you very much for your kind cooperation on this issue.

Kind regards.

Keith Romeo ♥