BELGIUM: Jehovah’s Witnesses face trial for hate crimes on February 16, 2021

Jehovah's Witnesses to face trial for hate crimes against former members

The Jehovah’s Witnesses stood before the Ghent criminal court on Tuesday for inciting hatred towards some ex-members. The various parties are now given time to prepare their pleas. The case will be heard on February 16, 2021.

Originally posted in Dutch on Nieuwblad.be by Simon Dekaezemaker

For a period of five years, the court investigated complaints from ex-members of the Jehovah’s Witnesses. They testified about how they were rejected by order of the organization and became completely isolated socially.

The Ghent prosecutor’s office already sued the Jehovah’s Witnesses in June, but the case was then postponed. On Tuesday, the case against the Jehovah’s witnesses was reopened. The deadline for conclusion has been set and pleadings will take place on February 16, 2021. A dozen people already presented themselves as disadvantaged parties. According to the defense of the ex-members, this number will only increase.

Four charges have been placed before the non-profit religious organization. First and foremost, inciting discrimination based on religious beliefs against a person and against a group. In addition, inciting hatred or violence towards a person and towards a group.

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3 thoughts on “BELGIUM: Jehovah’s Witnesses face trial for hate crimes on February 16, 2021

  1. Yes, this really needs to be looked at. Causing families to cut off their relatives just because these ones might not agree with one point or policy of the religion is atrocious. Thanks Jason.

  2. I have two nieces that were put out of their homes at the ages of 14 and 15 ,Ambers crime was to accept a gift at a Mall around Chrisrmas.The Medford newspaper actually apologized for the story. Leesa was caught smoking cigarettes in the girls bathroom at school and for this she was actually taken up to the front stage at the Kingdom Hall and the congregation members were told to shun her. Another niece was sexually molested by a family member but it was never reported. However it was reported by an outsider and the abuser was convicted.

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