With horror Reclaimed Voices has taken notice of reports on torture of Jehovah's Witnesses in Russia. Torture of people, because of faith or otherwise, is a violation of human rights.
According to The Moscow Times at least seven Jehovah's Witnesses were tortured in prison. The men were stripped until they were naked, a bag was put over their heads and wrapped with tape. The officers tied the hands of every suspect behind his back, slapping his fingers, neck, feet and kidneys. The men were also showered with water and mistreated with a power surge around the anus.
In Russia there are about 175,000 Jehovah's witnesses. In 2017, the Russian Supreme Court declared the faith group an extremist organisation. Many members then fled the country. Earlier this month, Dennis Christensen, a Danish Jehovah's witness, who has lived in Russia for years, was sentenced to six years in prison by a court in the city of Oryol.
Reclaimed Voices speaks out against shortcomings in the policy on sexual abuse within Jehovah's Witnesses. With respectful activism she is committed to the welfare of persons who are still members of the organization. "We are convinced that legal means can be used to legally hold the organization and its leaders to account. We strongly reject the violation of human rights of individual believers or the use of degrading torture practices ".