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Jehovah's Witness finally released

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Jehovah's Witness and Danish citizen Dennis Christensen was finally released on 24 May having spent five years behind bars for his faith.

After campaigning through Urgent Actions at every strategic opportunity we continued supporting him through solidarity messages and raising the persecution and human rights violations faced by Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia.

Upon release, the Russian migration service immediately took Dennis to Moscow for deportation. On 25 May, Dennis Christensen and his wife Irina arrived in Denmark.

While we are very happy about these news, Dennis Christensen should not have been imprisoned in the first place for peacefully exercising his rights to freedom of religion and expression. Currently, there are still 91 Jehovah's Witnesses in custody in Russia and many more are being persecuted by the authorities. Those deprived of their freedom are prisoners of conscience. Unlawful prosecution of Jehovah's Witnesses in Russia must end and all those in custody must be released immediately and unconditionally. We will continue our campaigning for that.

In the meantime, many thanks to all those who sent appeals for Dennis Christensen's freedom!