Urgent Action: Danish Jehovah’s Witness Jailed for His Faith (Russian Federation: UA 19.19)

Danish national and Jehovah’s Witness Dennis Christensen was found guilty on 6 February of “organizing activities of an extremist organization” and sentenced to six years imprisonment by a court in Orel, western Russia. He is a prisoner of conscience imprisoned solely for peacefully exercising his right to freedom of religion. He must be immediately and unconditionally released, and his conviction must be quashed.



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Prosecutor of Orel Region
Ivan Vasilievich Poluektov
Ul.Krasnoarmeiskaia, 17a
302040 Orel
Russian Federation
Fax: +7 4862 76-09-23
Email: [email protected]
Ambassador Anatoly Antonov
Embassy of the Russian Federation
2650 Wisconsin Ave. NW, Washington DC 20007
Phone: 1 202 298 5700 I Fax: 1 202 298 5735
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Salutation: Dear Ambassador

Dear Prosecutor,

I am writing to express my grave concern about the criminal conviction of Danish national and Jehovah’s Witness Dennis Christensen.

On 6 February, Zheleznodorznyi District Court in Orel found Dennis Christensen guilty of “organizing activities of an extremist organization” (Article 282.2 (1) of the Russian Criminal Code) and sentenced him to six years’ imprisonment.

Dennis Christensen has been arrested and prosecuted for practicing his religion as Jehovah’s Witness. The right to freedom of religion is enshrined both in the Russian Constitution and in international human rights treaties to which Russia is a state party. By prosecuting Dennis Christensen, as well as other Jehovah’s Witnesses, Russia violates its human rights obligations.

Dennis Christensen is a prisoner of conscience, deprived of his liberty solely for exercising his right to freedom of religion. I urge you to ensure he is released immediately and unconditionally and his conviction quashed.

Yours sincerely,