Sadly, most Jehovah’s Witnesses live in fear of the Watchtower organization—at least when it comes to freedom of expression, especially in matters which are considered to “bring reproach upon Jehovah’s name.” Past and present members of this worldwide society hide their identities to prevent further civil abuses by the Watchtower organization.
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) guarantees rights that are being violated.
So, if YOU have reclaimed the right to use your voice, and the right of each to practice or not religion, please consider signing this change.org petition as a signal to others worldwide like you, and those whom we support that are living in fear & silence.
We are not alone, after all, “If God Is for Us, Who Can Be Against Us?”—Romans 8:31
Child Protection (Mt 18:5,6)
Proposed Change: First, any allegation of child abuse must be reported to the authorities by the elders, instead of claiming clergy-penitent privilege. (Ro 13:1-4) Second, Watchtower’s so called “Two Witness Rule” should not apply in cases of child abuse. In fact, Deuteronomy 22:25-27 shows that a single witness suffices. Finally, the names of known pedophiles should be turned over to the police instead of being hidden away in secret databases at Watchtower branch offices around the world. Failure to report is failure to protect the security of children inside and outside the community of Jehovah’s Witnesses, a right protected by article 3 of the UDHR.
Sadly, Jehovah’s Witnesses seem more concerned about protecting the reputation of their organization than they care about protecting children. According to the Australian Royal Commission inquiry, Jehovah’s Witnesses failed to report over 1,000 cases of child sexual abuse in that country alone. Imagine how many terrible crimes and how much suffering could have been prevented if the perpetrators of these heinous acts were reported to the police!Change.org petition: “Watchtower must change organizational policies that violate human rights”
The 30 rights and freedoms set out in the UDHR include the right to asylum, the right to freedom from torture, the right to free speech and the right to education. It includes civil and political rights, like the right to life, liberty, free speech and privacy.
Learn more about the UDHR at https://www.amnesty.org.uk › universal-declaration-human-rights-UDHR.