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Russia: Restricting Freedom of Assembly Unlawful

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Russia’s Constitutional Court confirmed on December 5, 2012, that religious organizations are not obligated to secure advance state permission to hold religious events outside of their recognized place of worship. The case, initiated by the Human Rights Ombudsman of the Russian government, was significant to Jehovah’s Witnesses who organize annual gatherings at rented locations and private homes. In reaching its decision, the Constitutional Court relied on victories obtained by Jehovah’s Witnesses before the European Court of Human Rights. Grigory Martynov, a spokesman for Jehovah’s Witnesses, stated: “We hope that this ruling allows us to gather without hindrance and that it upholds religious freedom in Russia.”

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Absolutely amazing how long it has taken some countries to move into this century when it comes to religious freedom. Quick prayer that all brothers in countries under ban find relief soon from this old system's oppression. How wonderful when we can all visit freely no matter what part of the world we happen to live in.:grouphug:

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