The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) mentioned Tuesday that Russia violated 1,444 worshippers’ proper to non secular freedom when it declared the Christian group an “extremist” group in 2017.
“The court found that the definition of ‘extremism’ was overly broad in Russian law and had been misused for the prosecution of believers or religious ministers on the basis of the content of their beliefs alone,” the ECHR dominated.
The Strasbourg-based courtroom ordered Moscow to launch the 91 Jehovah’s Witnesses at present in Russian jails, pay 3.5 million euros ($3.7 million) in damages and both return seized property or pay 60 million euros ($64 million) in compensation.
But Russia appears unlikely to hold out the judgment, with lawmakers swiftly passing laws Tuesday to finish the ECHR’s jurisdiction. The invoice, which should now be permitted by Russia’s higher home of parliament and signed by President Vladimir Putin, units March 16 because the deadline for acknowledged rulings.
The courtroom itself had mentioned it could proceed receiving claims from Russia till Sept. 16, when it could not be get together to the European Convention on Human Rights.
The ECHR has been one of many few remaining authorized recourses for Russians to hunt justice for political persecution and human rights violations.
An affiliation of Russian attorneys mentioned final week it was creating a home different to the ECHR.
The Council of Europe, which oversees the courtroom, suspended then expelled Russia in March following its invasion of Ukraine.