Russia Religion News reports that the European Court of Human Rights (E.C.H.R.) has posed questions to Russia over the treatment of Jehova’s Witnesses in recent court cases (reported elsewhere on this website).
The Witnesses appeal will be considered on an accelerated basis (priority). Answers to the E.C.H.R.’s questions must be presented by the Russian side before 23 March 2018.
The Witnesses challenged a warning about “the impermissibility of extremist activity” issued by the prosecutor general’s office on 2 March 2016. A challenge to the warning failed in Russian courts, with an appeal finally turned down by a Moscow city court on 16 January 2017.