2014: Religious Freedom News from the World


1. Swedish Prime Minister: religious freedom must be defended after latests mosque attack. 
Five people were injured when the mosque in Eskilstuna caught fire on Thursday.

Source: http://www.euronews.com/2014/12/27/swedish-pm-religious-freedoms-must-b…

2.The Guardian view on religious intolerance. 
In much of the world, Christians are oppressed. Christian persecution is most pronounced in Islamic countries. Of course, Muslims in Europe or North America confront intolerance too.
Just as important is a resolute stand for the principle of religious freedom everywhere.

Source: http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/dec/25/guardian-view-reli…

3. China is to publish a list of legal places of worship, apparently in an effort to identify unsanctioned groups as part of an effort to "root out illegal religious activities".

Source: https://ca.news.yahoo.com/china-list-legal-places-worship-root-illegal-…


4. Austria’s Violations of Freedom of Religion: FOREF Europe filed a report on cases of violations of the freedom of religion in Austria and send it to the UN Human Rights Committee 
Source: http://foref-europe.org/2014/12/24/austrias-violations-of-freedom-of-re…

5. International Humanist and Ethical Union report reveals extent of global discrimination against Atheists, Humanists and Nonreligious.

Download “Freedom of Tought 2014” Report: http://freethoughtreport.com/download-the-report/

6. Uzbek state media pursue a campaign against religious communities and believers, such as Protestants and Jehovah's Witnesses. One of their accusations is that the latter "turn children into zombies". Victims of slander have no chance to reply. In one case, defamatory articles led to four Christians losing their job.

Source: http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Uzbek-state-media-campaign-against-freed…

7. Japan: a landmark court decision.
 Kidnappers and deprogrammers to pay dozens of million yen for attempted forceful change of religion.

Source: http://foref-europe.org/2014/11/18/japan-a-landmark-court-decision/

8. The European Court on Human Rights has concluded the denial of the Church of Scientology of Saint Petersburg’s registration is a violation of the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms.

Source: http://www.worldreligionnews.com/issues/european-court-human-rights-win…

9. By upholding a French ban on wearing full-face veils, a common Muslim practice, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has failed to protect the religious freedom of Islamic women who choose the veil as an expression of their faith, according to the Forum for Religious Freedom-Europe (FOREF)

Source: http://foref-europe.org/2014/07/03/european-court-of-human-rights-fails…

10. Yezidi persecution in Iraq.
 Tens of thousands of Yezidis trapped in the Sinjar Mountains in northern Iraq after they were driven from their homes by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).
Source: http://news.yahoo.com/yazidi-yezidi-iraq-refugee-isis-223354739.html

11. Alexander Dvorkin, vice-president of FECRIS, criticizes the Maidan movement, complaining in numerous Russian media that he was denied entry in Ukraine because of the international “sectarian lobby”, and persecutes Falun Gong.

Source: http://foref-europe.org/2014/05/13/924/

12. Religious freedom victory at Council of Europe: a long-planned move to curb the activities of "sects" was unexpectedly knocked off course.
The initiative's prime mover was a French politician, Rudy Salles.
To critics, this seemed like a move to extend the policy of Francea cross the whole of Europe.

Source : http://www.economist.com/blogs/erasmus/2014/04/europe-sects-and-freedom

See also: Rudy Salles fails to export anti-religious policies to the 47 Member States of the Council of Europe.

Source: http://foref-europe.org/2014/04/14/rudy-salles-fails-to-export-anti-rel…

13. The Inquisition descends in Brussels.
 Deep concern about Rudy Salles at PACE.

Source: http://foref-europe.org/2014/04/07/the-inquisition-descends-in-brussels/

See also: http://foref-europe.org/2014/03/21/concern-for-rudy-sales-report/;


14. The European Court of Human Rights ruled that Hungary breached the freedom of religion and the freedom of association when stripped minor religious groups of their status as churches.

Source: http://blogs.wsj.com/emergingeurope/2014/04/08/european-court-of-human-…

15. European Parliament resolution of 17 April 2014 on EU foreign policy in a world of cultural and religious differences.

Source: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?pubRef=-//EP//TEXT+TA+P7-…

16. Dutch 2013 study on alleged abuses by “sects” confirms results of 1984: no danger to the legal order or to public health.

Source: http://www.iirf.eu/index.php?id=424&no_cache=1&tx_ttnews%5BbackPid%5D=3…

17. The European Court of Human Rights communicated a vast collection of complaints to Russia in connection with the treatment of Jeohvah’s Witnesses throughout the country.

Source: http://rapsinews.com/news/20140325/271010309.html

18. Report from the Commission to the European Parliament and the Council on the application of Council Directive 2000/43/EC of 29 June 2000 implementing the principle of equal treatment between persons.

Source: http://ec.europa.eu/justice/discrimination/files/com_2014_2_en.pdf