UN urged Russia to stop fighting with the freedom of conscience

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Michelle Bachelete: Fabrice Coffrini / Reuters

The United Nations issued a statement of the high Commissioner for human rights Michelle Bachelet in connection with a condemnation in Russia Christian Dennis Christensen.

“The strict sentence pronounced Christensen, creates a dangerous precedent and actually kriminalisiert the right to freedom of religion or belief for “Jehovah’s Witnesses” in Russia in violation of state obligations under the International Covenant on civil and political rights”, — stated in the text.

The country’s leadership called for a review of the provisions of the law on combating extremism so that this concept has ceased to be vague and contain the element of violence or hatred.

“We also urge the authorities to drop the charges and release all those detained for exercising their rights to freedom of religion or belief, freedom of opinion and expression and the right to freedom of peaceful Assembly and Association,” concluded Bachelet.

On 7 February, the Kremlin said that the convict in the eagle Dane Dennis Christensen knew that working for the organization “Jehovah’s Witnesses”, as extremist and banned in the country, however, “ignorance of the law is no excuse”.

February 6, Christensen was sentenced to six years in prison. The court found him de facto leader and spiritual leader of the Orel community of Jehovah’s witnesses.

The Dane is under arrest since may of 2017. He became the first representative of this Church, prosecuted. Since then, noted the UN, criminal proceedings were instituted against more than hundreds of his co-religionists.

In December 2018 it was reported that the meeting with human rights activists Russian President Vladimir Putin called “Jehovah’s Witnesses” Christians, and accusing them of extremism is nonsense.

Video, photo All from Russia.

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