Law and Freedom of Belief in Europe
28 November 2017 – Thousands of members of the Church of Almighty God (CAG) have been incarcerated in China, following a further crackdown on unauthorized religious organizations. According to the rough statistics, more than 300,000 members of CAG were incarcerated and detained in China from the beginning of the persecutions in the 1990s to 2017. Many have been tortured and at least 30 died in custody in suspicious circumstances, according to a report just released by CAG and published by several human rights organizations internationally. In the last few days, we have seen unprecedented media attacks against CAG published simultaneously in Korea, Hong Kong, and Taiwan, which seem to be an answer to the publication of this report.
18 November 2017 – Last August 2017 representatives of CAG contacted FOB seeking help and advice about their ongoing situation being denied freedom of belief in their country and being neglected protection in some European and non-European countries, that were not acknowledging they were being persecuted on the basis of their faith. FOB started a research with the support of leading experts and scholars who carried out a in-depth study on this matter. After a meeting in Warsaw at the HDIM OSCE Meeting between representatives of FOB and of CAG, further contacts have been developed.
13 November 2017 – FOB member association CAP Liberté de Conscience – UN Geneva Universal Periodic Review Side-Event : Highlights the Ongoing and Systematic Persecution of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in Pakistan
Most of the countries that still experience Communist regimes are struggling under the repression of human rights and religious freedom. The https://www.rphrr.org website is devoted to preserve the texts and images of the successful conference Religious Persecution and the Human Rights of Refugees that was organized by The Citizens’ Coalition for Human Rights of Abductees and North Korean Refugees (CHNK) and Human Rights Without Frontiers (HRWF) in Seoul, Korea, on October 23, 2017.
22 october 2017 – FOB is growing bigger and now enlists amongst its federated associations the British All Faiths Network (AFN). Active since December 2010, All Faiths Network's purpose is to promote religious harmony for common benefit, working toward an inclusive and positive dialogue.
Currently AFN includes representatives of 25 creeds and denominations and is actually the Great Britain bigger coalition of diverse confessions.
18 October 2017 – The European Federation for Freedom of Belief (FOB) has taken part in the Human Dimension Implementation Meeting 2017 as we did in the previous years. From the 11th to the 22nd of September 2017 the Human Dimension Implementation Meeting 2017 has taken place in Warsaw at the Narodowy Stadium being organised by the OSCE ODIHR - Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe - Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights.
13 October 2017 – Council of Europe cross-party initiative: Parliamentarians from 14 European countries call upon Russian government to put an end to religious freedom violations against minorities
9 October 2017 - Following is the statement given by Soteria International on 27 September at the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights Human Dimension Implementation Meeting 2017. Working session 12: Fundamental freedoms I (continued), including freedom of thought, conscience, religion or belief
9 October 2017 - Following is the statement given by FOB on 18 September at the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights Human Dimension Implementation Meeting 2017. Working session 11: HUMANITARIAN ISSUES AND OTHER COMMITMENTS
9 October 2017 - Following is the statement given by Soteria International on 15 September at the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights Human Dimension Implementation Meeting 2017. Working session 9: Tolerance and non-discrimination