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Russia: Jehovah's Witnesses

Question for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

UIN 108522, tabled on 20 January 2022

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps her Department has taken to support freedom of religion or belief for Jehovah's Witnesses imprisoned in Russia.

Answered on

28 January 2022

The UK is deeply concerned about the situation of Jehovah's Witnesses in the Russian Federation. In all levels of bilateral engagement, we continue to call on the Russian authorities to end the persecution of Jehovah's Witnesses, and to uphold their commitments on the right to freedom of thought, conscience, religion or belief, for all individuals across the Russian Federation. The FCDO remains in regular contact with representatives of the Jehovah's Witnesses in the UK and Russia.