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RUSSIAN FEDERATION AND RELIGIOUS GROUPS

EDM (Early Day Motion) 385: tabled on 03 March 1999

Tabled in the 1998-99 session.

This motion has been signed by 18 Members. It has not yet had any amendments submitted.

As this motion is using historical data, we may not have the record of the original ordering, in which case signatories are listed alphabetically.

Motion text

That this House notes with concern that Moscow prosecutors are attempting to ban Jehovah's Witnesses in the Russian capital, in a case which is the first real test of the law on religion passed by the State Duma and Federal Council and ratified by President Yeltsin in September 1997, that other religious groups also expect to be banned if they lose, that dozens of cases of harassment of religious groups by local police and authorities have taken place, and that last November the Moscow Helsinki Group reported that the conditions have been created for large scale persecution of non-Orthodox faiths in Russia; and urges the Government to raise this issue with the Government of the Russian Federation and at the next G-8 Summit and to press for this law, which contravenes the European Convention on Human Rights, Russia's commitments on accession to the Council of Europe and indeed its own constitution, to be annulled.

The first 6 Members who have signed to support the motion are the sponsors. The primary sponsor is generally the person who tabled the motion and has responsibility for it. The date shown is when the Member signed the motion.

In addition to the sponsors, the following Members have signed to support the motion.

There are no withdrawn signatures for this motion.