“If the Supreme Court rules in favor of the authorities, it will be the first such ruling by a court declaring a registered centralized religious organization to be ‘extremist,'” the UN human rights’ high commissioner’s office said in a statement, Time reported.
Experts Weigh In:
Heiner Bielefeldt: “If Jehovah’s Witnesses are extremist, I think we all are”
Former UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief
Annika Hvithamar: ‘If Jehovah’s Witnesses are extremist, then most versions of Christianity could be accused of the same thing’
Associate Professor/Head of Studies, Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies, University of Copenhagen
Dr. Massimo Introvigne: “The only relationship between Jehovah’s Witnesses and violence is that they have been victims of violence”
Sociologist and Former Representative of the OSCE on Combating Racism, Xenophobia, Discrimination
Possibly A Dark Day For Russia, All Russians, and All Believers Globally?…
Helsinki Commission chairman Senator Roger Wicker (MS), co-Chairman Rep Chris Smith (NJ-04), and Commissioner Rep. Richard Hudson (NC-08), in a joint statement yesterday rebuked the Russian authorities for cracking down on religious liberty.
“It is wrong to apply flawed counterterrorism laws to those who seek to practice their faith,” Wicker said.
“The Russian government is exploiting genuine threats of violent extremism to undermine what little religious freedom remains in that country. This distracts from real efforts to fight terrorism. I urge the Russian government to drop the case immediately.”
Smith added: “At stake in the upcoming court case is the legality and perhaps the survival of the Jehovah’s Witnesses – and in fact basic religious freedom – throughout the Russian Federation. If the Supreme Court of Russia declares this faith group an extremist organisation, it is an ominous sign for all believers and marks a dark, sad day for all Russians.” (excerpts…http://www.thezimbabwedaily.com/news/126640-witness-ban-russia-rebuke-grows)
Mainstream and Minor stream and Top Dog and Underdog…wherever (“temporarily”) we find ourselves cause change can happen fast…(As Fellow-Beautiful-Breathing-Fragile-Life-Inhabiting-Beautiful-Earth)…let’s all be objective: and compassionately influence the course of events…what goes around comes back around, eh?!
4/5/17 @ 11:05 a.m.