What is “Coordination des Associations et des Particuliers pour la Liberté de Conscience” (CAP Freedom of Conscience)?

CAP Freedom of Conscience is a secular European NGO with United Nations Consultative Status, created in 1995 and dedicated to protect the Right of Freedom of Religion and Belief.

CAP Freedom of Conscience combats all forms of discrimination based on religion or belief by alerting European and International bodies.

CAP Freedom of Conscience collects testimonies of discrimination and human rights violations affecting religious or belief communities in order to disseminate them to international bodies, and in order to raise awareness and inform them as well as to generate debate on the protection of Freedom of Religion and Belief.

CAP Freedom of Conscience also advocates for any religious or spiritual group facing discrimination to have their right to Freedom of Religion and Belief recognized.

CAP Freedom of Conscience is a member of the European Federation for Freedom of Belief (FOB), European Network Of Religion and Belief (ENORB) and participate to the Civil Society Platform of Fundamental Rights created by the EU Fundamental Rights Agency.

Seminar Effective Parliamentarism and the Tai Ji Men Case

Seminar Effective Parliamentarism and the Tai Ji Men Case

Hybrid forum where scholars and Tai Ji Men members will discuss the importance of robust parliamentarism in building peaceful, equitable, and inclusive societies as well as transparent and accountable institutions. They will explore the Tai Ji Men case, and iconic case where a democratic Parliament failed to keep rouge bureaucrats in check, while calling for effective parliamentarism to clarify the injustices vested on the spiritual movement and others.

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The beastly brutes dig out the mortal remains of an ahmadi and mercilessly throw out his body, in village sangu, near achini payan, peshawar, pakistan

The beastly brutes dig out the mortal remains of an ahmadi and mercilessly throw out his body, in village sangu, near achini payan, peshawar, pakistan

We strongly urge the international community to impress upon the Government of Pakistan to honor its responsibility, to provide effective protection and freedom of religious practice to Ahmadis, that perpetrators of such vicious attacks should be brought to justice, and to bring its laws and practices in conformity with international standards as ordained by Article 20, United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights Article 2, 18 and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) Article 25, 26.

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HRC 50 : Item 4 Interactive dialogue on the oral briefing of the International Commission of Human Rights Experts on Ethiopia

Item 4 Interactive dialogue on the oral briefing of the International Commission of Human Rights Experts on Ethiopia

Seminar Effective Parliamentarism and the Tai Ji Men Case

Hybrid forum where scholars and Tai Ji Men members will discuss the importance of robust parliamentarism in building peaceful, equitable, and inclusive societies as well as transparent and accountable institutions. They will explore the Tai Ji Men case, and iconic case where a democratic Parliament failed to keep rouge bureaucrats in check, while calling for effective parliamentarism to clarify the injustices vested on the spiritual movement and others.

Conflict prevention through the protection of the human rights of minorities

On 13 July 2021, Fernand de Varennes, Special Rapporteur on minority issues, addressed a side-event on the persecution of Ahmadi Muslims Worldwide organised by the International Human Rights Committee and the “Coordination des associations et des particuliers pour la liberté de conscience”, along with colleagues on freedom of religion or belief and on freedom of expression. He pointed out how Ahmadis appear to be increasingly marginalised as minorities in a number of countries, subjected even to severe restrictions on the practice of their religion with other members of their community, and targeted by hate speech in social media. »

Side-event : Violations of Houthis militias against children in Yemen

Violations of Houthis militias against children in Yemen

Side event Human Rights In Yemen

The eminent experts here present, that I will introduce to you, will address several issues related to human rights violations in Yemen perpetrated by the Houtis. The purpose is to enlighten us and more important, to alert international bodies on the unbearable humanitarian disaster that has been taking place since 2014 in Yemen, and which makes this country and its people one of the most damaged of the century.

side events to the 49th session of the UN Human Rights Council : freedom of conscience and physical integrity

The two NGOs, CAP Liberté de Conscience and Doctors Against Forced Organ Harvesting, co-organized a series of two side events to the 49th session of the UN Human Rights Council on March 22 and March 23, 2022. The themes of the series addressed central topics of society and humankind: freedom of conscience and physical integrity.

Abolitionist and Retentionist States, UN experts, and Civil Society Make a Unified Call for Action to Repeal of the Death Penalty for Apostasy and Blasphemy at the first Hybrid UN Human Rights Council side-event in 2022

Abolitionist and Retentionist States, UN experts, and Civil Society Make a Unified Call for Action to Repeal of the Death Penalty for Apostasy and Blasphemy at the first Hybrid UN Human Rights Council side-event in 2022

HRC 49th Session General debate on Item 5 Montenegro: Double standards in Georgii Rossi’s extradition case

We would like to draw the attention of the Council and the Subcommittee on the prevention of torture with regard to the human rights situation in Russia, a country requesting from Montenegro the extradition of a Ukrainian citizen.

HRC 49th Session General debate on Item 4 situation in Balochistan

We are deeply concerned about the situation in Balochistan which has been monitored for years by the Brussels-based NGO Human Rights Without Frontiers.

HRC 49th Session General debate on Item 3 : Human Rights Situation in Balochistan

It has already depleted the gold, uranium, and other valuable deposits in many parts of Balochistan. Now, the Baloch coast is nearly void of marine life, which has been the backbone of their economy for centuries.

Coalition of 220 ECOSOC Accredited NGOs Call for New United Nations Human Rights Council Resolution to Protect Tamils from Genocide, to name a Special Rapporteur for North East of Sri Lanka and to Recognize Tamils Rights to self-determination

We, the undersigned organizations, with support of more than 7200 organization in the World, urge the Member States of the HRC to pass a strong resolution at the upcoming 49th Session, affirming an international commitment to protect human rights and justice in Sri Lanka, with a particular focus on Tamils victims of Genocide in Sri Lanka.

HRC 49 : Montenegro double standards in extradition cases: Georgii Rossi’s case

For many years, Montenegro has expressed its firm intention to become part of the European Union. To become an EU member state, Montenegro will have to implement multiple reforms, fight against corruption, respect human rights and eradicate double standards in the application of legal norms, including in extradition cases.

A call to the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights about the human rights situation in Afghanistan

The challenges from lived experiences came very early to me, the moment I decided to work as an activist for the upliftment of the vulnerable sections of the population. On the one hand, my appointment as a Mayor in Wardak province (which is among the most conservative regions in Afghanistan) was lauded as a significant step in the democratically elected government’s commitment towards women empowerment. At the same time, my mayorship was the beginning of direct confrontation with the country’s conservative forces and the Taliban. In the last two years, I survived three assassination attempts and lost my father and numerous friends, and so many loved ones to the Taliban assassins.

HRC 49 : Freedom of expression and the media muzzled in Ukraine: the case of Anatolij Sharij

This article states that ‘an act willfully committed by a citizen of Ukraine in the detriment of sovereignty, territorial integrity and inviolability, defense capability, and state, economic or information security of Ukraine: joining the enemy at the time of martial law or armed conflict, espionage, assistance in subversive activities against Ukraine provided to a foreign state, a foreign organization or their representatives, shall be punishable by imprisonment for a term of ten to fifteen years.’

Russia: UN General Assembly should suspend Russia’s membership of UN Human Rights Council

Likewise, in its Resolution 49/1 adopted on 4 March 2022, the Human Rights Council ‘condemned in the strongest possible terms the human rights violations and abuses and violations of international humanitarian law resulting from the Russian Federation’s aggression against Ukraine’. The Council expressed ‘grave concern at the documented harm to the enjoyment of many human rights, including the rights to life, education, and the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health, caused by Russian shelling and bombing in populated areas’. Further, Council resolution 49/1 expressed grave concern at reports of ‘gross and systematic violations and abuses of human rights’, thereby invoking the explicit language of GA Resolution 60/251 in so far as concerns the threshold
for suspension

ETHIOPIA: Massacres of Amhara civilians in war and non-war zones

We are deeply concerned about the mass-scale massacres of civilians in war and non-war zones in Ethiopia as recently reported by Human Rights Without Frontiers.

BHRC calls for international intervention in Balochistan

In a written statement submitted to the United Nations Human Rights Council (Forty-ninth session 28 February–1 April 2022) which was submitted through Coordination des Associations et des Particuliers pour la Liberté de Conscience, a non-governmental organization in special consultative status in the United Nations Human Rights Council, it was demanded that the gross violation of human rights in Balochistan needs immediate attention and intervention from the international community.

Corruption in the Tai Ji Men Case Denounced at the United Nations

The statement mentions that scholars have recognized that corruption is a violation of human rights. “Thirteen years ago, CAP-LC states, the Maastricht Center for Human Rights in the Netherlands organized an important conference on corruption as a human rights issue, on October 22–23, 2009. The majority position at the Maastricht conference was that there is indeed a provision in international law that makes corruption a violation of human rights. It is article 2, number 1, of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.” The provision mandates that states should remove the obstacles to the full enjoyment of human rights by their citizens, and there is little doubt that corruption is such an obstacle.

Escalation of Human Rights Violations in the 21st century: Finding solutions to help combat crimes against humanity

We have learned that egregious crimes such as forced organ harvesting from living Falun Gong practitioners has occurred for over two decades in the People’s Republic of China. Irrefutable evidence has been gathered and led to a unanimous judgement. The international community appears to be overwhelmed in the handling of crimes against humanity to the extent that the values of our civilization are at stake. Humankind has to decide if it accepts or rejects the killing of human beings for forced organ harvesting or other exploitations.

Escalation of Human Rights Violations in the 21st century : State-sponsored Forced Organ Harvesting of Living People

Escalation of Human Rights Violations in the 21st century : State-sponsored Forced Organ Harvesting of Living People

Protecting Life: Repealing the Death Penalty for Apostasy and Blasphemy

Inspire and equip policy makers to address and effectively work to repeal the death penalty for choice or expression of religion or belief.

HRC 48th session human rights situation in Balochistan

We would like to draw the Council’s attention to arbitrary arrests and enforced disappearances of Baloch political activists, leaders, students, doctors, intellectuals, writers, and human rights defenders. They are being picked up by security forces or their proxy death squads and kept incommunicado for years. As a result of this practice, thousands of Baloch remain missing.  Tortured bodies of thousands have been found.

HRC 48 General Debate on item 3 human rights situation of Sindh

We are profoundly grateful to UN working group on Enforced and Involuntary disappearances for comprehensively raising the issue of forced abduction of Sindhis through a joint communication in March this year. Despite this, disappearances of Sindhi political and human rights activists by Pakistani secret agencies continue unabated. In the month of August alone more than 10 prominent political workers and human rights activists including Insaf Dayo, Ayoub Kandhro, Suhail Raza Bhatti, Zakir Sahito, Kashif Tagar have been abducted. 

Coalition of 192 ECOSOC Accredited NGOs Calls for New United Nations Human Rights Council Resolution to Protect Tamils from Genocide, to name a Special Rapporteur for Sri Lanka and to Recognize Tamils’ Right to self-determination

The Tamils have been fighting for over seventy years for self Determination. We are a nation of people living in the merged North and East in the island of Ceylon. We have our right to determine our own destiny.  Successive Sri Lankan Sinhala – Buddhist Governments have continually suppressed Tamils right to self-determination and govern Tamils employing brutal military force to annihilate, which amounts to Genocide.

The worsening Human Rights situation in Balochistan

The human rights violations in Balochistan by Pakistan have many aspects. These include enforced disappearances, kill and dump, illegal detentions, torture of political and human rights activists. Human rights violations also include social, cultural, and economic aspects.

CAP Freedom of Conscience involvement in Europe

From Warsaw to Paris: MIVILUDES will cease to exist on 1 January 2020

HRWF (01.10.2019) - "The European Federation for Research on Sectarianism (FECRIS) assists victims...

OSCE HIDM 2019 : Is Religious Freedom ever possible in the Russian Federation ?

Is religious freedom ever possible in the Russian Federation ? CAP LC in collaboration with the...

OSCE HIDM 2019 Prasun Prakash

HUMAN DIMENSION IMPLEMENTATION MEETING Warsaw, 16 to 27 September 2019 Working session 13:...

OSCE HIDM 2019 CAP LC

HUMAN DIMENSION IMPLEMENTATION MEETING Warsaw, 16 to 27 September 2019 Working session 13:...

Faith and Freedom summit pledge

Are you a politician, a public servant, a civil society member, or caring citizen? Do you care...

Save the date! Faith and Freedom Summit II

The Faith and Freedom Summit Coalition shares with you a "save the date" for the second event...

Faith and Freedom Summit – The pledge and purpose

The pledge and purpose The Faith and Freedom Summit is not an organization. It’s a campaign...

OSCE 2018 : COMPILATION OF WRITTEN RECOMMENDATIONS

COMPILATION OF WRITTEN RECOMMENDATIONS (Covering Working sessions 6-9) This compilation contains...

Side-event OSCE HDIM 2018 : How Universal is “The Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Globalization underline that the UDHR is often applied relative to regional culture, rather than securing universal principles. Especially when it comes to Freedom of Thought, Religion or Belief we find how cultural bias influence policy and law-making. What one considers a religious practice – such as devotional work in monastery – others consider criminality – in this case human trafficking.

RELIGIOUS DISCRIMINATION AND STATE NEUTRALITY: THE CASE OF HUNGARY

Alike other Eastern Europe countries, Hungary has adopted liberal legislation in the aftermath of the fall of Communism to consecrate freedom of religion and belief. However, subsequent political developments aimed at restoring Hungarian religious “heritage” and repressing nontraditional religious denominations. The 1990 liberal Law guaranteeing the right of freedom of conscience and religion for all and prohibiting discrimination has been replaced in 2011 by a new religion law that stripped approximately 200 religious communities of legal personality and established a two-tier system where the status of Churches is politically approved and non-recognized religious organizations are second-zone groups of parishioners deprived of the legal protection afforded to Churches.

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Reconciliation through recognition: Transitional justice and peacebuilding through civil society dialogue

Reconciliation through recognition: Transitional justice and peacebuilding through civil society dialogue

Peace and justice are inevitable part of any post-conflict reconciliation. It is therefore necessary to streamline efforts aimed at strengthening the linkage between them while ensuring broad participation of civil society to this aim. This would not only serve to bringing justice and broaden the rule of law, but would also help healing wounds thereby contributing to post-conflict peace- building and reconciliation processes through the multi-stakeholder approach.

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Seminar Effective Parliamentarism and the Tai Ji Men Case

Seminar Effective Parliamentarism and the Tai Ji Men Case

Hybrid forum where scholars and Tai Ji Men members will discuss the importance of robust parliamentarism in building peaceful, equitable, and inclusive societies as well as transparent and accountable institutions. They will explore the Tai Ji Men case, and iconic case where a democratic Parliament failed to keep rouge bureaucrats in check, while calling for effective parliamentarism to clarify the injustices vested on the spiritual movement and others.

read more
Side event Human Rights In Yemen

Side event Human Rights In Yemen

The eminent experts here present, that I will introduce to you, will address several issues related to human rights violations in Yemen perpetrated by the Houtis. The purpose is to enlighten us and more important, to alert international bodies on the unbearable humanitarian disaster that has been taking place since 2014 in Yemen, and which makes this country and its people one of the most damaged of the century.

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Conference at the Press Club in Brussels on 4 May, 3pm – 5pm

Conference at the Press Club in Brussels on 4 May, 3pm – 5pm

Tai Ji Men is a menpai (similar to school) of qigong, martial arts, and self-cultivation, and its shifu (master) and dizi (disciple) have long been committed to international cultural exchanges, spreading the concepts of love, peace, and conscience, purifying people’s hearts, and practicing world peace. It has been highly praised by Taiwanese presidents, vice presidents, and foreign ministers.

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Abusive Taxation and Denial of Justice in Taiwan: The Case of Tai Ji Men A case of arbitrary taxation of individual gifts

Abusive Taxation and Denial of Justice in Taiwan: The Case of Tai Ji Men A case of arbitrary taxation of individual gifts

Tai Ji Men is a menpai (similar to school) of qigong, martial arts, and self-cultivation, and its shifu (master) and dizi (disciple) have long been committed to international cultural exchanges, spreading the concepts of love, peace, and conscience, purifying people’s hearts, and practicing world peace. It has been highly praised by Taiwanese presidents, vice presidents, and foreign ministers.

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The Coordination of the Associations and the People for Freedom of
Conscience is an European NGO with United Nations Consultative
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