Saturday, May 15, 2010

Appeal Made to Supreme Court in Russia

and speaking of "man dominating man to his injury" and how that can lead to persecution by political rulers (as mentioned in today's text), here's the latest news release about the ongoing situation in Russia...

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For Immediate Release
May 14, 2010

Appeal made to Supreme Court in Russia

MOSCOW—On May 12, 2010, lawyers for the local religious organization of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Taganrog filed a supervisory appeal to the Presidium of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation on the decision to declare 34 Christian publications extremist and to liquidate the religious community.

On December 8, 2009, the Russian Federation Supreme Court upheld the September 11, 2009, decision of the Rostov Regional Court. Lawyers for the religious organization are convinced that this decision was a misapplication of the Federal Law on Extremism. The publications were pronounced extremist simply because Jehovah’s Witnesses believe that their religion is correct. However, their conviction in no way is connected with ill feeling or aggression toward people of other religions. Also, according to the opinion of experts, their belief in the correctness of their beliefs does not “go beyond what is common to all world religions, that which more or less characterizes all religious confessions.”

According to lawyers Arli Chimirov and Victor Shipilov, the Supreme Court’s decision misapplied the law. Since various parties with vested interests are using this decision to legitimize the religious persecution of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia, the lawyers are demanding that its enforcement be suspended.

According to the co-chairman of the Council of the Liberty of Conscience Institute, Dr. Sergey Buryanov, “Russia’s return to times of mass religious persecution has already created serious threats to the safety of the individual, society, and the state.”