15 February 2018 – Video and text of the paper by Professor Massimo Introvigne, sociologist of religions and director of CESNUR, at the International Convention Law and Freedom of Belief in Europe, an arduous journey, held in Florence on 18-19 January 2018.
23 January 2018 – to Stefano Rodotà. When a terrorist act strikes a country of the European Union, everybody, from the victims, the witnesses, the Institutions, the citizens, to the interviewed, claim vigorously that the occurrence will not alter and will not change their way of living and their habits. In my opinion this statement is a mistake. I consider that not being affected has been, and still is, a mistake. I believe we should have changed a long time ago. Before we promised to change and afterwards we committed to change. If we truly had changed just like we promised, probably now we would not have to confront ourselves with terrorism. Concurrently, the statement holds within a misleading representation of reality, because the truth is that we have endured radical changes.
20 January 2018 – In the prestigious setting of Sant'Apollonia Auditorium at the homonymous XIV century convent complex located in Via San Gallo, in the historic center of Florence, the international convention of the European Federation for the Freedom of the Belief (FOB) took place on 18th and 19th January, under the auspices of the Secretary General of the Council of Europe (Dr. Thorbjørn Jagland), of the patronage of the Tuscany Regional Council, of the Parliamentary Assembly of the OSCE (Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe) and of the University of Florence.
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.