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Iran’s persecution of Baháʼís has escalated since June 2022

As reported by the Baháʼí Community in Brussels (BIC), the "quiet campaign to strangle the Baháʼí community is now taking a more overt violent turn, reminiscent of the earlier days of the Revolution in...

Breaking: Shocking demolition of homes and land grabs signals intensifying persecution of Iran’s Baháʼís

In a cruel escalation, up to 200 Iranian government agents have sealed off the village of Roushankouh, where a large number of Baháʼís live, demolishing their homes.

Scientology’s religious order’s anniversary included in Spain’s Religious Holiday Calendar

Next August 12th 2022 will mark 55 years since Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard established, starting in the Spanish Canary Islands as a research project into the spiritual nature of humankind, what has become...

Russian representative of FECRIS: “Russia has always been a bone in the throat of the US, UK and their satellites”

Archpriest Alexander Novopashin, Russian correspondent member of the FECRIS (European Federation of Centres for Research and Information on Sects and Cults), recently called Ukrainian “Nazis”, “Satanists” and “cannibals”. On July 20, in a lengthy...

United Kingdom: How sensationalist journalism obscures view of reality

Experienced journalists sat with the UK Bahá’í Office of Public Affairs to explore how news reporting can promote understanding and dialogue.

15 NGOs+ send letter to Secretary Blinken to throw pro-Russian anticult organization out from United Nations

On June 2, 15 NGOs plus 33 scholars and well-known activists have written to the US Secretary of State, to ask him to start a procedure to have the UN ECOSOC’s consultative status of...

Scientology founder’s Washington D.C. Office Recognized as a Historic Monument

Historic Monument - In just five years since the May 1950 publication of Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health, Dianetics and Scientology had expanded from one foundation to an international organization headquartered in Phoenix,...

Switzerland is particularly concerned about the increasing number of hate crimes (FoRB Ministerial)

Message from Switzerlands's Ambassador to the UK, H.E. Ambassador Markus Leitner on 5th July 2022 to the International Ministerial on Freedom of Religion or Belief (FoRB Ministerial) hosted by the Foreign and Commonwealth and Development...

Launched new book on Euthanasia and Secularism

Euthanasia and Secularism - Every year, Derecho y Religión (Law and Religion) analyses monographically some specific issues related to the external manifestations of religion, from a strictly legal perspective. Each volume consists exclusively of doctrinal...

Pros and cons: International Ministerial on FoRB – London 2022

The fourth annual Ministerial conference on Freedom of Religion or Belief (FoRB) was held in London following a strong impetus to bring awareness of, and action to, the many transgressions against FoRB around the...

Catalan Government promotes agreement “Religions for the language”

Catalonian Government promotes the Catalan language in the religious field through an agreement with the different denominations. ACN/TET - Barcelona - The Government signed an agreement on Tuesday with the main religious denominations in Catalonia...
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PREMIERE: Italy on Freedom of Religion: “not only a moral or legal obligation”

Message from Italy's Director General for Political and Security Affairs, H.E. Ambassador Pasquale Ferrara on 5th July 2022 to the International Ministerial on Freedom of Religion or Belief hosted by the Foreign and Commonwealth and...
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Will Mario Mauro be confirmed as the new EU Special Envoy on FoRB?

As per a newsletter from HRWF, it was the website Christian Network Europe (CNE) that broke the news on 4th July, of the EU appointing a new EU Special Envoy on FoRB (Freedom of...
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PREMIERE: Religion and faith when not politicized, help us tap into our humanity, Ambassador of Greece

Message from Ambassador of Greece to the UK, H.E. Mr Ioannis Raptakis on 5th July 2022 to the International Ministerial on Freedom of Religion or Belief hosted by the Foreign and Commonwealth and Development...

PREMIERE: We hope to establish examples of best practices to promote FoRB, said Daniel Holtgen from Council of Europe

We hope to establish examples of best practices to promote FoRB, said Daniel Holtgen Message from Daniel Holtgen as Council of Europe's Spokesperson and Special Representative on antisemitic, anti-Muslim and other forms of religious intolerance and...
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“The EU works closely with all actors to promote FoRB”, said Gilmore, EU SR for Human Rights

Message from Eamon Gilmore as EU Special Representative for Human Rights when attending on 5th july 2022 to the International Ministerial on Freedom of Religion or Belief hosted by the Foreign and Commonwealth and Development...

Final sentences to prison terms for 20 Jehovah’s Witnesses since 1 January 2022

The persecution of Jehovah’s Witnesses is going on unabated. In the last six months, 20 of them have been sentenced for practising their religion and are serving their prison term. Here is the list: 06...

Churches are key players for peace in Europe said MEP György Hölvényi after meeting Patriarch Bartholomew I

 A series of MEPs travelled to Istanbul and met with Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople, where they discussed about real orthodoxy and war. "We must work for peace in Europe in every possible way. The...

Czech MEP Zdechovsky : ”Organ harvesting is a lucrative state-sponsored business in China”

“Organ harvesting is a lucrative business that is state-sponsored in China and specifically targets Falun Gong practitioners as well as other prisoners of conscience, which is unacceptable,” Czech MEP Tomas Zdechovsky said in his...

The Tai Ji Men Case: A Test for Taiwan’s Compliance with the Two Covenants

The European Union is increasing its cooperation with Taiwan. It is an essential economic partner, particularly (but not only) in the field of semiconductors. It is also a geopolitical partner for a Europe increasingly concerned...

Jehovah’s Witnesses and Sexual Abuse: The Court of Brussels Finds the CIAOSN Report Ill-Founded

The governmental “cult watchdog” CIAOSN published a text that was methodologically faulty and included false statements, the judge said. The Jehovah’s Witnesses have obtained another legal victory in Belgium on June 16, 2022, this time...

UK MP Fiona Bruce: importance of the international Freedom of Religion or Belief conference in London

Fiona Bruce MP outlines plans for the UK-hosted 2-day ministerial conference and explains the role of the International Religious Freedom or Belief Alliance. Greetings from the UK Parliament. I’m delighted to be speaking to you...

USCIRF Delegation Travels to Nigeria to Assess Religious Freedom Conditions

Washington, DC – United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) Commissioner Frederick A. Davie along with USCIRF staff traveled to Abuja, Nigeria from June 4-11 to meet with Nigerian and U.S. government officials, religious communities,...

BELGIUM: Jehovah’s Witnesses acquitted on appeal for alleged discrimination and incitement to hatred

Jehovah's Witnesses acquitted on appeal for alleged discrimination and incitement to hatred On 7 June 2022, the Ghent Court of Appeal acquitted the Belgian Association of Jehovah's Witnesses of all charges of discrimination and incitement to hatred, after they...

2022 Ministerial Conference on FoRB: London – Is there a meaningful role for civil society?

2022 Ministerial Conference on FoRB (Freedom of Religion or Belief): London, July 5-6 - Is there a meaningful role for civil society? - Reportedly, no invitations were received by them at this writing. In today’s...
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