Nettavisen – 2nd January 2019
AP politicians take Jehovah’s Witness to the Storting
Jehovah’s Witnesses have avoided ordinary justice in criminal cases, according to Fædrelandsvennen. Now Kari Henriksen (AP) is asking the Minister of Justice to take action.
In an article series, Fædrelandsvennen has made revelations regarding the way the religious community deals with conflicts internally through its own judicial committee.
In internal conflicts “between brothers and sisters”, members are encouraged not to involve the ordinary judiciary in cases that are actually part of criminal law.
The disclosures also address how the religious community handles highly sensitive personal information about both active and former members.
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– It was strongly read about Jehovah’s Witnesses in the newspaper. On the one hand, I am glad that we have a diversity of beliefs and perspectives, and I want to work to ensure that we still have it. On the other hand, there are several conditions that are not acceptable, says Henriksen to the newspaper .
The Parliamentary Representative is also a member of the Cultural Committee, which, among other things, works on issues of belief and belief.
She will now ask both Justice Minister Tor Mikkel Wara (Frp) and Minister of Culture Trine Skei Grande (V) to follow up the case.
A spokesman for the religious community has stated to Fædrelandsvennen that they do not want to answer questions from the press regarding the matter.
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