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Did anti-cult Federation FECRIS lose at once 38 member-associations, or did it fake numbers?

FECRIS is the European Federation of Centers for Research and Information on Sects and Cults, an umbrella organization funded by the French government, that gathers and coordinates “anti-cult” organizations throughout Europe and beyond. It...

Tajikistan, Release of Jehovah’s Witness Shamil Khakimov, 72, after four years in prison

Jehovah's Witness Shamil Khakimov, 72, was released from prison in Tajikistan after serving the full term of his four-year sentence. He had been imprisoned on spurious charges of “inciting religious hatred.”

Germany brought to ECtHR for denying accreditation to a Christian school

A Christian hybrid school provider, based in Laichingen, Germany, is challenging the German state’s restrictive educational system. After the initial application in 2014, the Association for Decentralized Learning was denied approval to offer primary and secondary education by German authorities, despite fulfilling all state-mandated criteria and curricula

Cleric killed in Pakistan by mob following blasphemy accusation

Blasphemy, a mob in the city of Mardan, Pakistan, murdered a local cleric who was accused of making a blasphemous remark

BitterWinter.org exposes how FECRIS fabricated a cover-up of Russian links

FECRIS - Yet once more, the specialized human rights magazine BitterWinter.org, founded by expert Massimo Introvigne, broke the news this morning with the latest "fabrication" of FECRIS. We encourage readers to access the full...

Secular States Struggling with Religious Freedom, conference at ETF of Leuven

The right to religious freedom is recognised and implemented by the vast majority of countries that value the UDHR. But the extent to which a liberal society should support religious diversity remains a subject...

In March-April, 12 Jehovah’s Witnesses sentenced to 76 years in prison in all

Not only Russian citizens disagreeing about Russia’s war on Ukraine or asking Putin to stop the war are sentenced to heavy prison terms. Jehovah’s Witnesses whose organization was banned by the Supreme Court in...

Russia, Moscow City Court orders oppressive liquidation of human Rights NGO SOVA Center

As reported by SOVA Center, the remaining most active human rights NGO in Russia, the Russian oppressive fist is now falling on them. We reproduce here the statement of SOVA: On April 27, 2023 Judge Vyacheslav Polyga of the Moscow City Court considered the request filed by Russia’s Ministry of Justice to liquidate the...

European Parliament condemns Nigerian speech laws putting musician on death row for blasphemy

Near-unanimous resolution urges Nigeria to “repeal the blasphemy laws at federal and state level”   Supreme Court of Nigeria to hear case of Yahaya Sharif-Aminu, sentenced to death for blasphemy on Whatsapp   Brussels (20 April 2023) – ADF...

Bitter Winter and European experts go to Taiwan: Witnessing for Freedom of Religion or Belief

From April 5 to 11, Bitter Winter, its parent organization CESNUR, and the Brussels-based NGO Human Rights Without Frontiers organized a fact-finding tour of Taiwan, where they had decided to organize the 2023 edition...

Pakistan Forced Conversion situation

By Sumera Shafique Every year, human rights estimate that several hundred minor girls are forcibly married in Pakistan. While this is an issue that affects minor girls from all communities, girls from religious minorities are...

Jehovah’s Witnesses mass killing in Hamburg, interview with Raffaella Di Marzio

On March 9, 2023, 7 Jehovah’s Witnesses and an unborn child were killed by a mass shooter during a religious service in Hamburg.

Tragedy of March 9, 2023 Christian Assembly of Jehovah’s Witnesses of Hamburg-Winterhude

In these painful moments, the NGO CAP-LC (Coordination des Associations et des Particuliers pour la Liberté de Conscience) expresses its sorrow, support and solidarity to the Christian congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Hamburg-Winterhude. We are...

RUSSIA, Six years and five months of prison for a Jehovah’s Witness

Konstantin Sannikov sentenced to six years and five months of prison

Japan Tibet Support Group Warns China Not to Interfere in Tibetan Religious Matters

Tokyo: Japan Tibet Support Group members passed a five-point resolution today, in which, among other things, the members warned China not to interfere in Tibetan religious matters, including the selection of high Tibetan Lamas,...

Tibetans stage protest ahead of Chinese FM’s visit

By  — Shyamal Sinha Tibetan activists from Students for a Free Tibet (SFT), National Democratic Party of Tibet (NDPT) and Tibetan Youth Congress (TYC) staged a protest at the Chinese Embassy in New Delhi against...

Georgia’s New Defense Code Is Going to Discriminate Against Minority Religions

An interview with Prof. Dr. Archil Metreveli, Head of the Institute for Religious Freedom of the University of Georgia Jan-Leonid Bornstein: We have heard from you about a new legislative initiative of the Government of Georgia concerning submitting...

Spain – Sikh boy asked to remove turban-patka during a football match

In a press release from the worldwide organization UNITED SIKHS, it stated that they are “disheartened to learn that a 15-year-old Sikh soccer player was asked by the referee to remove his turban during a football...

French deputy Minister Sonia Backes wants to enlist Europe against new religions

Sonia Backes, deputy Minister of the Interior for Citizenship, announced she plans to engage Europe on the issue of “cults” and social media

The persecution of Christians in the world, especially in Iran, highlighted at the European Parliament

The persecution of Christians in Iran was the focus of the presentation of the 2023 World Watch List of the Protestant NGO Open Doors

5th Intercultural and Interreligious Dialogue World Congress sets “A Path to Peace”

The 5th World Congress on Intercultural and Interreligious Dialogue “A Path to Peace” was held on 8 and 9 November at CEMA University in Buenos Aires, Argentina. This year, under the slogan “Thinking about...

ECHR new decision: Why French Miviludes is in trouble

Miviludes had some troubles due to its long-term association with anti-Ukrainian Russian extremists, and recently Miviludes has seen its operational chief resigning,

Russia has set new records in 2022 in its campaign of persecution against Jehovah’s Witnesses

The campaign of persecution against Jehovah’s Witnesses continues, this year, Russian courts sentenced over 40% more Jehovah’s Witnesses

Russia – Four Jehovah’s Witnesses sentenced to prison for up to seven years

Four Jehovah’s Witnesses sentenced to prison for up to seven years for supposedly organizing and financing extremist activities while they were in fact merely exercising their right to freedom of religion and assembly.

QATAR – In the shadow of the Football World Cup, a forgotten issue: the situation of the Baha’is

During Football World Cup in Qatar, voices of non-Muslims have been heard and listened to at the European Parliament at a conference “Qatar: Addressing the limitations of religious freedom for Bahá’ís and Christians.”
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