Request to UNHCR to review the guidelines about the Pakistani Christians refugees matter

8 October 2015 — The European Federation for Freedom of Belief (FOB) supports Lord David Alton’s request addressed to UNHCR - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees - to review the guidelines about the Pakistani refugees matter.
According to Lord Alton, the UNHCR is denying the existence of an ongoing persecution against Pakistani Christians, reducing such dramatic situation to a case of simple discrimination.

Final victory for Mr. Touru Goto

Touru Goto

TOKYO, 01.10.2015 (FOREF) – Japan’s Supreme Court has handed Touru Goto final victory in his civil case stemming from his 12 year and 7 month confinement by faith breakers. Japan’s Supreme Court on September 29 dismissed appeals by the defendants in the case and let stand a previous verdict by Tokyo High Court. This ended Mr. Goto’s 7-year legal battle to receive justice. Mr. Goto released the following statement.

Human Rights, Anti-mosque Law and Anti Cult Squad challenged by FOB at the OSCE Meeting in Warsaw

Alessandro Amicarelli - OSCE 2015

1 October 2015 — “The Italian government shall clarify about the anti-mosque legislation passed by Lombardy and about the Anti Cult Squad of the State Police”, Alessandro Amicarelli, spokesman of FOB (European Federation for Freedom of Belief), has addressed with his statement the plenary assembly of OSCE/ODIHR at Warsaw (see the video).

Multi-faith letter to the Constituent Assembly of Nepal

6 September 2015 — Many NGOs and leaders, including the European Federation for Freedom of Belief (FOB), signed a letter sent to the Members of the Constituent Assembly of Nepal in order to draw their attention to the issue of religious freedom in Nepal, and to ask that they review and consider revising the language in an alarming section of the most recent draft of their new constitution.

Letter supporting the Natha Yoga School

On 12th June 2015, the Steering Committee of FOB sent a letter in support of the LAYMS’s campaign in favor of the Natha Yoga School. The recipients are: Lena Nelskyla (journalist), the author of the article published in Helsingin Sanomat on 21.2.2015 “Helsinki got scared of yoga investigation”, Kaius Niemi, Paivi Antti Koski, Antero Mukka (Editors of the newspaper, which edited and published the article), Tarja Loikkanen (For City Hall sports department), regarding the ending of the co-operation between Helsinki City Liikuntavirasto and Yoga School Natha in relation with Natha Yoga project, due to media campaign.

Belgium: State Security’s secret reports on Scientology deemed biased and inaccurate by Governmental agency

Le secrets de la sûreté del l'État

4 June 2015 — In 2013, two secret reports on Scientology from the State Security, the Belgian secret services, leaked into the media. One was on the alleged “infiltration” of Scientology into the Belgo-Congolese community, and the other about contacts Scientology had made with Belgian politicians. While these reports created a lot of controversy, with the Belgian politicians targeted protesting against the surveillance and a violation of their privacy by the State Security, Scientology filed a complaint to the “Committee I” (Intelligence), which is a governmental agency in charge of controlling and investigating the activities of Belgian secret services, including State Security.

European Parliament Intergroup presents its first Freedom of Religion or Belief World Report

3 June 2015 — The European Parliament Intergroup on Freedom of Religion or Belief and Religious Tolerance (EP Intergroup on FoRB & RT) presented its first Annual Report on the 'State of Freedom of Religion or Belief' at an event hosted by the Intergroup in collaboration with United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF). Speakers included the Chairs of the EP Intergroup on FoRB & RT and USCIRF as well as the Director of Human Rights at the European External Action Service (EEAS).

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