Zurich District Court Acquits Board Member of JW Victims Help e.V.

Swiss – Zurich district court acquits cult specialist and board member of our assosiasion JW Victims Help e.V. Dr. Regina Spiess.

On Tuesday July 9th, 2019, the district court of Zurich acquitted a former employee of the cult advisory board Infosekta of allegations of multiple counts of defamation. It appears they were made by the Jehovah’s Witnesses over critical statements in the media.

In fact, the defendant had made several defamatory remarks, said the only judge during her oral verdict. But she did not agree that the statements were automatically punishable. For her statements, she had told the truth or provided proof in good faith.

The cult advisory board has a public mission and receives public money. It is widely recognized as such. Its task is to inform society about Jehovah’s Witnesses and various other groups. This was done by the accused. It was not her primary goal to make Jehovah’s Witnesses look evil.

Article from advoidjw.org, originally published in Tages Anzeiger on July 9, 2019.


Leah Remini: Jehovah’s Witnesses

The most significant TV journalism ever done on Jehovah’s Witnesses! Congratulation and thanks to Leah Remini!

This is the biggest and most comprehensive exposure there has been so far. And thanks to A&E’s reach it’s being shown in multiple countries.

She hit all the main issues: Child abuse, shunning, blood transfusions, domestic violence, treatment of women, doomsday fear-mongering.

Full episode

But there is so much more to go into in each of those subjects and the impact the policies are having. There’s enough material, not just victim’s stories but actual policy documentation, court cases and Watchtower propaganda video footage, to sustain an episode on each of those subjects.


Mission and aims of JW Victims Help e.V.

Our mission is to inform about human rights violations within Jehovah’s Witnesses’ organization and to provide victims with psychological and legal help.

Udo Obermayer, president of the association JW Victims Help e.V. presents mission and aims at a glance. Please clickon menu right above for English subtitles.

He was born and grown up in a Jehovah’s Witness family and have spent all his life in that organization until he left 2 1/2 years ago. He severed many many years as elder caring about spiritual needs of congregation members.
Well-known activists and cult experts founded our association to provide support for concerned peoples in Germany, Austria and Switzerland and to fight for human rights within Jehovah’s Witnesses organization.
Meanwhile many concerned peoples contacted us – active Jehovah’s Witnesses, ex-JW’s and persons in a close relationship with Jehovah’s Witness members. They report about anxieties, depressions, burn-out, psychosomatic diseases and some thought of suicide.

Do you like to help? We are happy about each donation in order to support our aims and help victims.

More information you will find here.

Watchtower Victims Memorial Day 2019

please click right above at the video for English subtitles

Victims and human rights activists worldwide draw attention to human rights violations among Jehovah’s Witnesses on the occasion of the International Watchtower Victims Memorial Day – including JW Victim Help e.V. and the Golden Aluhut, among others with a stand at Alexanderplatz in Berlin on July 26th, 2019.

Here you can find more information in German.

Is Watchtower a Church or a Business Corporation

Jehovah’s Witnesses are using typical business therms instead of religious therms, e.g.
meetings not services, publishers not parishioners, talks not sermons, field service report (time card), obsessed by numbers, growths, hours worked.
On the other hand, they have no live music/choir, no charities, no transportation, no program for children and no assistance programs.
All is very unlikely for a religious organization.


Charges against Jehovah’s Witnesses for fraud in legal proceedings

Below you can find an authorized translation of the original German broadcast:

 SWR Aktuell Baden-Württemberg, Stuttgart, 3.7.2019 – Members of a victim protection organization have filed charges against leading members of the Jehovah’s Witnesses at the police headquarters in Stuttgart. The victim organization accuses the religious group of fraud in connection with a recognition procedure.

The corresponding complaint is available to SWR. The victim protection organization “JW Opfer Hilfe e.V.” (Jehovah’s Witnesses Victim Help) accuses the leading members of the religious group, which is considered Christian fundamentalist, of fraud for allegedly deceiving governmental authorities in court.

The legal proceedings stood in connection with recognition of Jehovah’s Witnesses as a corporate body under public law, a status privileged by the state. In Baden-Württemberg, the recognition was granted in 2015, preceded also by court hearings like the one in Berlin, among other places.

“Jehovah’s witnesses put pressure on members”

Bernd Bochow and Udo Obermayer, who both left the religious group, substantiate the claim with the fact that Jehovah’s Witnesses put pressure on members if they continue to associate with dropouts, which was in clear breach of the protection of marriage and family demanded by the Basic Law. In court, the leaders of Jehovah’s Witnesses, however, had depicted this quite differently.

Moreover, the representatives of “JW Opfer Hilfe” accuse the religious group of exerting pressure on members if they accept blood transfusions in cases of life-threatening conditions. In addition, sexual abuse within Jehovah’s Witnesses often would go uninvestigated. In practice, contrary to all official affirmations given by the leaders of Jehovah’s Witnesses, the rule that would yet still apply among Jehovah’s Witnesses was the one that an abuse would only be investigated and punished if the victim could bring forward a second eyewitness to the offence.

“A word by those who left: We need to look behind the scenes”

Considering all, such an organization as Jehovah’s Witnesses in Germany should not on top be granted privileges by the state, the representatives of “JW Opfer Hilfe” told SWR. Bernd Bochow, a former Jehovah’s Witness, put it this way: „If you happen to look behind the scenes and realize what happened during the recognition process in Berlin, that cheating and fraud was involved, I wonder whether the constitutional state would not want to take a closer look too, after all these years.”

“Jehovah’s Witnesses reject criticism”

The German branch of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Selters, Hessen, rejected the criticism in written form towards the SWR; concerning the topics in question, Jehovah’s Witnesses in Germany would have won all legal proceedings so far, and members of Jehovah’s Witnesses were free in their decision with whom they wanted to be in contact, whether they would like to report to the police or which medical treatment they would choose. All of this, though, under the requirement that in their decisions they – to quote the exact wording – “apply Bible standards.”

European elections 2019 – Jehovah’s Witnesses banned from voting?

In an Europe-wide campaign, the association JW Victims Help e.V. draws attention to clear indications that Jehovah’s Witnesses are forbidden by their leaders to vote. However even the attempt would be a serious violation of law and could endanger the corporation under public law (KdöR). Therefore JW Victims Help e.V. encourages all Jehovah’s Witnesses to participate in the elections and to share their experiences with our association.

Invitation to all Jehovah’s Witnesses – please vote

“We’d like to ask all Jehovah’s Witnesses: Exercise your fundamental right and participate in elections!

Don’t wait for Armageddon – God’s war of annihilation of all non-Jehovah’s Witnesses – and for paradise on earth.

Shape your future now. Influence the course set in Europe for the coming years and decades!

If you want to remain anonymous – take part in postal voting.

If you are already about to leave anyway, go to the polling booth and talk about this. But only do this if you are aware that you can bear the consequences of shunning and contact ban – also in the family.

If you already have any experience with the consequences of voting, please let us know.” (email@jw.help)

Further explanations in German can be found here.