European Union
Statement by the Spokesperson on the upheld ban of activities of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia
European External Action Service, Bruxelles, 18 July 2017

- Modifié le 6 août 2017

The Russian Supreme Court on 17 July upheld its previous decision to liquidate all legal entities of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia, terminate their activity and confiscate their property, alleging « extremist activity ». The decision confirms the ban on the peaceful worship of Jehovah’s Witnesses throughout the country.

This ban has already resulted in cases of criminal prosecutions against Jehovah’s Witnesses, as well as police raids on their prayer halls, arson attacks and other forms of harassment.

Jehovah’s Witnesses, like all other religious groups, must be able to peacefully enjoy freedom of assembly without interference, as guaranteed by the Constitution of the Russian Federation, as well as by Russia’s international commitments and international human rights standards.