China Crisis for Jehovah’s Witnesses – 18 members indicted

18 Jehovah’s Witnesses indicted in relation to “using an evil religion organization” in China

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Open Invitation to the Governing Body of Jehovah’s Witnesses to Denounce the Actions of the Chinese Government and Prosecutors

We, Anonymous, demand that the Governing Body of Jehovah’s Witnesses give the same degree of attention to the plight of the 18 Jehovah’s Witnesses, indicted in China in relation to “using an evil religion organization,” as you did to the plight of Dennis Christensen, the Watch Tower Society representative in Russia.

On April 15, 2019, a total of 18 Jehovah’s Witnesses in China were arrested and charged with indictable offences relating to, “using an evil religion organization” to “incite the obstruction of law enforcement,” and one charge relating to, “obstructing law enforcement by organizing and using an evil religious organization.” Since the arrests, the Governing Body of Jehovah’s Witnesses have remained silent on the plight of these 18 Jehovah’s Witnesses in China.

Since April 15, 2019, the Governing Body of Jehovah’s Witnesses have published 11 individual articles on the JW.ORG website critical of the Russian government and prosecutors, and supportive of Dennis Christensen and other Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia being prosecuted.

DOWNLOAD | China Crisis for Jehovah’s Witnesses 2019 (translation of indictment) – PDF

The Background

April 15, 2019 (Urumqi, Xinjiang). Authorities in China’s north-western Xinjiang region indicted 18 individuals on account of being Jehovah’s Witnesses, according to a formal prosecutor’s indictment paper.

China Indictment against Jehovah's Witnesses

Indictment issued against 18 Jehovah’s Witnesses in China

Those indicted are Liu Weiguo, Lin Zaiwu, Li Yifang, Lin Jie, Jiang Xijun, Gao Xinlian, Wang Xiaoqing, Yu Bingru, Zhang Min, Jiang Jinling, Chen Meiling, Fan Tao, Wei Pengfei, Cao Lili, Ma Xiaojun, Yang Hua, Shi Xianhe, and Xu Yanli. All except for Jiang Xijun were charged with using an “evil religious organization” to incite the obstruction of law enforcement, and Jiang received a law enforcement charge for allegedly “obstructing law enforcement by organizing and using an evil religious organization.”

The indictments evidence that the defendants violated religious management regulations by establishing a congregation in Korla, Xinjiang, and converting 63 people, among other accusations of “spreading superstition and heresy” and preventing people from joining Communist Party organizations.

The charges

All charges are brought under Article 300 of the Chinese Criminal Code:

Article 300:

Whoever organizes or uses superstitious sects or secret societies or evil religious organizations, or uses feudal superstition to undermine enforcement of the state’s laws or administrative regulations shall be sentenced to fixed-term imprisonment of not less than three years and not more than seven years. If the circumstances are especially serious, the offender shall be sentenced to fixed-term imprisonment of not less than seven years.

Whoever organizes or uses superstitious sects or secret societies or evil religious organizations, or uses feudal superstition to deceive another person and causes death of the person shall be punished according to the provisions of the preceding paragraph.

Whoever organizes or uses superstitious sects or secret societies or evil religious organizations, or uses feudal superstition to rape a woman or defraud property shall be decided a crime and punished respectively according to the provisions of Article 236 and Article 266 of this Law.

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Sources: 

http://theconversation.com/jehovahs-witnesses-neglected-victims-of-persecution-114141

https://www.newsweek.com/trump-administration-slams-countries-china-russia-violating-religious-freedom-1254633

https://www.getreligion.org/getreligion/2019/2/10/for-russias-jehovahs-witnesses-and-chinas-uighur-muslims-politics-overrides-all-religious-freedom-claims

https://www.chinaaid.org/2019/06/18-indicted-for-being-jehovahs-witnesses.html

https://www.jw.org/en/news/jw/region/russia/

 

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Jehovah’s Witnesses 2019 Special Talk Worldwide Speaker List

JW Leaks have published the Speaker List and Schedule for the Jehovah’s Witnesses 2019 Special Talk “Reach Out for the Real Life!”

2019 Special Talk Speaker List

The special talk will be held the week before Jehovah’s Witnesses commemorate the 2019 Memorial of Jesus death, on Friday 19 April 2019. Each special talk will be available for downloading via JW Stream for viewing in Kingdom Halls only.

We are currently seeking further confirmation the Mark Sanderson, of the Governing Body of Jehovah’s Witnesses, will be giving the Russian-language special talk via Finland.

Will this be the last memorial before the end comes? “It could be. It could be.”

CHART: JW 2019 Timeline of Events

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Germany – leaked elders documents – Jehovas Zeugen durchgesickerte Dokumente 2014-2019

Jehovah’s Witnesses confidential documents, including body of elders letters (part collection 2014 – 2019), child abuse handling procedures, and internal forms, have been published onto the internet.

Die vertraulichen Dokumente von Jehovas Zeugen, darunter die Briefe der Ältesten (Teilerhebung 2014 – 2019), Verfahren zur Behandlung von Kindesmissbrauch und interne Formulare, wurden im Internet veröffentlicht.

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Secret Elders book LEAK | 2019 version Shepherd the Flock of God

The Governing Body of Jehovah’s Witnesses have authorised today the release of a 274 page fully revised and updated 2019 PDF version of their secret elders book “Shepherd the Flock of God”.

Within minutes of the highly controlled release of the Shepherd book it has been leaked onto the internet.

Instructions have also been issued to all elders that “use of the Index to Letters for Bodies of Elders (S-22) and the letters referenced therein has been discontinued. Any printed or electronic copies of such documents should be destroyed.”

Elders that require a printed copy of the Shepherd book (item number 5436 or the mnemonic sfl) will be sent a copy “wrapped to ensure confidentiality” and delivered to the coordinator of the body of elders.

Digital revisions of the Shepherd book will be released every six months. Significant policy adjustments will be biannual.

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JW Leaks Redux | We are back for 2019 with a Scandal

Watchtower New York Scandal

To kick off 2019, JW Leaks have published a 37 page unredacted file on all Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of New York, Inc., properties sold in the State of New York, between April 2004 and December 2018, for a Grand Total of US$2,081,520,000 (over 2 billion US dollars).

DOWNLOAD: Watchtower New York Brooklyn real estate transfers

This document contains the Real Property Transfer Report for all Watchtower New York sales as well as the sale price, seller, purchaser, and the date of transfer.

Some US$1.8 billion of sales occurred from 2012 onwards, after Watchtower New York lost the Candace Conti case, and the jury awarded her US$28,000,001 which was later reduced by agreement between parties following an appeal.

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