CAP statement at OSCE HDIM 2017

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8 October 2017 - Following is the statement given by CAP on 14 September at the OSCE Human Dimension Implementation Meeting 2017: Freedom of thought, conscience, religion or belief

CAP is an association that was created in 2000 to unite minority religions in Europe to counter discrimination in France and in Europe. It has NGO consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations.

Russia: the secret Siberian State funded meeting of an international anti-cult ring

Alexander Dvorkin

2 October 2017 – FOB – A secretive and very close conference against religious minorities took place in the city of Salekhard – which is the regional capital of the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug of Russia (YANAO). Subject of the conference was “Destructive and pseudo-religious organizations, sects and cults: challenges and solutions”. It took place from 27 to 29 September 2017 in the administration building of the YANAO Government.

Persecuting the Church of Almighty God as “Xie jiao” in China

“Xie jiao” in China

16 september 2017 – Professor Massimo Introvigne attended in the last few days a conference at the University of Hong Kong, where he spoke on the Chinese notion of xie jiao. The aim of the conference was a dialogue between the Chinese Anti-xie-jiao Association, which is connected with the Chinese Communist Party, Chinese authorities and scholars, and Western scholars, on xie jiao an on one particular movement China regards as xie jiao, the Church of Almighty God.

Russia: religious cleansing going on at full speed

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23 August 2017 – Reprint of an article published by HRWF.

HRWF (11.08.2017) – In the name of the “concept of spiritual security” and on the basis of its “anti-missionary legislation”, Russia is violating one of the most fundamental rights to religious freedom that was however fully recognized by the European Court of Human Rights in the case Kokkinakis v. Greece in 1993: The right to share one’s beliefs with others.

France/Russia: FECRIS russian branch behind the persecution of non orthodox minorities in Russia

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13 June 2017 – We relay here the following press release of HRWF, which thoroughly describes what FOB has been informing about for some time, too, i.e. the pressures and the manipulation of information performed by FECRIS and its representatives, in order to ban "undesirable" religious confessions. FOB is making a deeper investigation on this subject, especially due to its international implications and the negative consequence the operation of certain organizations yields against human rights, bringing about an even more exasperated temper out of an already upset one, because of the continuous misinformation on the reiterated terrorist attacks.

Kirpan: the holy and the safety

Kirpan

A laical government would like to establish which religious “values” are acceptable

20 May 2017 – The first Criminal Section of the Supreme Court of Cassation, with decision nr. 24084 of 15 May 2017, rejected the petition of an Indian man of Sikh religion, who had appealed a fine he was inflicted for being found with a ritual knife (a Kirpan), about 7 inches long, brought outside of his home, without a “justifying reason”. His appeal was rejected in the name of safety and of “compliance” with the values of the society in which that immigrate lives. The Sikh man had held that the dagger is a distinctive sign of his religious identity and that bringing it could be okayed based on article 19 of the Italian constitution.

Court case on Jehovah's Witnesses in Russia and creation of the “Academy of Orthodox Politicians”. Exclusive interview with Professor Massimo Introvigne

Massimo Introvigne

(Unsolved Crimes [Odessa], May 9, 2017)

Professor Massimo Introvigne, an internationally well-known Italian sociologist and director of CESNUR[1], has been at the forefront of several international initiatives protesting the “liquidation” of Jehovah's Witnesses in Russia. In international conferences in Italy, Israel, and the U.S. he called it “one of the most serious assaults to religious liberty in recent times. He kindly gave an exclusive interview to the “Unsolved Crimes” newspaper.

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