In this page you can find documents and videos about the activities of the European Federation for Freedom of Belief (FOB) and the associated NGOs, concerning freedom of religion and belief and human rights issues, at the Europe’s largest annual human rights conference. It was organized by the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR), in Warsaw, from 19 to 30 September 2017.
8 June 2017 – Not yet the echo has turned off, of the uproar created by the clamorous Russian decision of last 21 April, whereby the Russian Supreme Court actually banned the Jehovah’s Witnesses; now, even more draconian measures are coming up against religious groups.
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.
9 may 2017 - We cannot fail to utter our most lively worry for what is happening in Russia versus the religious minorities as well as for the disturbing similitude between nowadays draconian application of a law for national safety, so become freedom-killing (the Yarovaya law) and what happened less than one century ago not just in the soviet sphere but also elsewhere in the world, in countries later become the stage of the worst historical facts and the most heinous tragedies of the twentieth century.
28 april 2017 - Our French partner EIFRF (European Interreligious Forum for Religious Freedom), was one of the most active NGOs to support the proposal of the Rapporteur Valeriu Ghiletchi, fighting to get the approval by the Parlementary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) of a proposed resolution and a recommendation for "The Protection of the rights of parents and children belonging to religious minorities". Here follows the announcement posted on EIFRF's website.