With an on-going crackdown on Jehovah's Witnesses in Russia, and in response to numerous queries from constitutents in the North West, Julie has tabled a Parliamentary Question to the European Commission about the situation in Russia.
Russian Supreme Court (Image: AFP)
Here is the question in full:
Question for written answer E-005151/2017
to the Commission (Vice-President / High Representative)
Julie Ward (S&D)
Subject: VP/HR - The situation of Jehovah's Witnesses in Russia and occupied Crimea
Jehovah’s Witnesses, along with other religious minorities, have faced persecution in Russia and occupied Crimea. The Russian Government has now labelled Jehovah’s Witnesses as an ‘extremist organisation’, and has criminalised it. On 17 July 2017, the Russian Supreme Court upheld that decision and Russian authorities may now liquidate any property that the groups own in Russia. Jehovah’s Witnesses already face violent attacks and harassment in Russia, while those in Crimea face forced conscription, which violates the Geneva Convention.
The Jehovah’s Witnesses now aim to appeal the Russian ruling before the European Court of Human Rights.
What action will the European External Action Service (EEAS) and EU Member States take to pressure the Russian Government to reverse its decision?
What action will the EU and its Member States take to protect the rights of Jehovah’s Witnesses and other minority religious groups in Russia and occupied Crimea?
The page will be updated with an answer when it is recieved.