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.

After 25 Years: Solidarity with Tai Ji Men

After 25 Years: Solidarity with Tai Ji Men

On July 13, 2007, the Supreme Court found Tai Ji Men not guilty of fraud, tax evasion or violation of tax codes. Tai Ji Men’s shifu and dizi who were illegally detained also received national compensation for wrongful imprisonment. Yet the Taxation Bureau continued to issue unjustified tax bills to Tai Ji Men and later even transferred the case to the Administrative Enforcement Agency. Tai Ji Men’s land and assets have been illegally seized and auctioned.

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PAKISTAN: Mob lynches factory manager accused of blasphemy; further proof of dangerous effects of blasphemy laws

PAKISTAN: Mob lynches factory manager accused of blasphemy; further proof of dangerous effects of blasphemy laws

The export manager of a factory in Sialkot in Pakistan’s Punjab province was killed by a mob on 3 December after he was accused of desecrating posters bearing the name of Prophet Muhammad.

Pakistani news outlet Dawn reports that Priyantha Diyawadana, a Sri Lankan national who was also a Hindu, was attacked by “hundreds of men and young boys” on the Wazirabad Road in Sialkot, who tortured the man to death before proceeding to burn his body.

Mr Diyawadana was reportedly killed after his colleagues at the Rajco Industry factory where he worked witnessed him tear off a piece of a poster which read “Labbaik Ya Hussain” (an expression meaning “I am here, O Hussain!” and commonly associated with Shi’a Islam).

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CAP Freedom of Conscience involvement UNITED NATIONS

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A written submission exposed a growing international problem, quoting the Tai Ji Men case in Taiwan

The ECOSOC-accredited NGO CAP-LC (Coordination des Associations et des Particuliers pour la Liberté de Conscience) filed a written submission for the 48th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council, which starts in Geneva on September 13. The document is published on the Web site of the United Nations. CAP-LC expressed its concern for “the use of real estate seizures as a weapon to discriminate against religious and spiritual minorities.”

International community must pay attention to the statesponsored persecution of Ahmadi Muslims in Pakistan and worldwide

human rights experts have expressed their deep concern over the lack of attention to the serious human rights violations perpetrated against the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community around the world and called on the international community to step up efforts in bringing an end to the ongoing persecution of Ahmadi Muslims as follows:

High Commissioner to Human Rights Council: Fighting Continues Unabated in the Tigray Region of Ethiopia but a Solution Can Only be Found through a Political Process and Dialogue

Also taking the floor were the following non-governmental organizations: East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project, Society for Threatened Peoples, Centre for Human Rights, Christian Solidarity Worldwide, Centre for Global Nonkilling, Coordination des Associations et des Particuliers pour la Liberté de Conscience, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, International Bar Association and CIVICUS.

Item 2: Enhanced interactive dialogue on the oral update by the High Commissioner on the situation of human rights in the Tigray region of Ethiopia

There is a war in Ethiopia. It started with TPLF attacking the Ethiopian Defense Force of the government of Abiy Ahmed.

In this conflict, Amhara women and children are being killed and their villages are looted both by TPLF and governmental forces.

Mocevic Case: Oral statement at the 47th UN Human Rights Council Session

CAP Liberté de Conscience (21.06.2021) – Mr. Dalibor Močević, a Croatian and Bosnian national of Serbian descent, is a victim of human rights violations in Croatia. Following the prohibition of discrimination based on race, sex, language and religion in the Charter of the United Nations, the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights became the next important step in the legal consolidation of the principle of equality before the law and the resultant prohibition of discrimination.

A/HRC/47/NGO/178 : State Funding of anti-religious associations in France

CAP Liberté de Conscience is concerned about the relaunch of the fight against religious minorities in France since the recent reorganization of MIVILUDES (the Interministerial Mission of Vigilance and Fight Against Cultic Deviances) has been implemented.

At the beginning of 2020, the French Prime Minister announced a reorganization of MIVILUDES in response to a report from the Accounting Court (Cour des Comptes) which denounced the lack of professionalism of MIVILUDES in its working method and questioned the relevance of such an organization.

A/HRC/47/NGO/167 Misusing Taxes for Discriminating Against Religious and Spiritual Minorities: A Global Problem

Tax weapons have been often used to discriminate against religious and spiritual minorities. This is becoming a global problem, and one the human rights community should be aware of.

In France, in 1996 a Parliamentary Commission of Inquiry established a blacklist of spiritual groups classified as “cults” (in French, sectes). 172 groups were thus criminalized, and a policy of repression was instituted against these spiritual movements.

Freedom of Religion and Belief Scientology in Hungary A situation report UDHR article 12 and Article 18

On 30 August 2018 Mr. Fernand de Varennes (Special Rapporteur on minority issues), Mr. Joseph Cannataci (Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy) and Mr. Ahmed Shaheed (Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief) addressed the Hungarian Government in a letter 1 “concerning discriminatory measures against the Church of Scientology on the basis of religious belief.” 2

Freedom of Expression Policy Toward Tamils History Posts Removal and Restriction, on Facebook, Google, Youtube and other social medias.

The Internet with Social Media has become “one of the most powerful instruments of the 21st century for increasing transparency in the conduct of the powerful, access to information, and for facilitating active citizen participation in building democratic societies.” The formation of an inclusive information society requires universal ability to access and contribute information, ideas, and knowledge so citizens can participate in discussions on public affairs and be part of the decision-making process. The Internet offers a new opportunity for developing policies on proactive transparency and dissemination of information and ideas of all kinds. Its speed, decentralization, and low cost allow both the State and private parties to disseminate information without barriers of borders, opportunity, or bureaucracy that once hampered such circulation

Demands and Pledge from Several thousand people joined the march

Pottuvil to Polikandy (P2P) – Demands and Pledge from
Several thousand people joined the march across the island
nation’s north and east, with demands that linked Eelam
Tamil civil society.
The five-day march for justice held across Sri Lanka’s north and east last february 2021
drew attention for more than one reason.
After months of restricted movement due to the pandemic and military restrictions, it was
the first instance of several thousand people taking to the streets to assert their rights.

The Religious Factor in the Farmers Bills Protests in India

The Religious Factor in the Farmers Bills Protests in India

HRC 46 Item 4 Human rights situations that require the Councils attention CROATIA Mr. Dalibor Močević

HRC 46 Item 4 Human rights situations that require the Councils attention CROATIA Mr. Dalibor Močević

HRC 46th Item 3 General Debat Ahmadiyya Muslims are victims of state-sponsored persecution in Pakistan

HRC 46th Item 3 General Debat Ahmadiyya Muslims are victims of state-sponsored persecution in Pakistan

Item 3 Human Rights Coucil 46th Session 22 February to 23 March 2021 : Balochistan is facing a humanitarian crisis

Balochistan is facing a humanitarian crisis. The military establishment of Pakistan and its clandestine death squads are kidnappings, torturing, and murdering activists and human rights defenders to counter the Baloch people’s demand to exercise their right to self-determination.

HRC 46 Item 3 Interactive dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief : GERMANY SECT FILTER

HRC 46 Item 3 Interactive dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief GERMANY : GERMANY SECT FILTER

HRC 46 ID Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms while countering terrorism : Statement on France

The Minister Delegate has also decided to strengthen her collaboration with anti-religious associations which, for decades, have created a hostile climate towards religions and beliefs.

UN Human Rights Council 45: UK statement on China for item 4 general debate

UN Human Rights Council 45: UK statement on China for item 4 general debate

Joint Statement on the Human Rights Situation in Xinjiang and the Recent Developments in Hong Kong, Delivered by Germany on Behalf of 39 Countries

Joint Statement on the Human Rights Situation in Xinjiang and the Recent Developments in Hong Kong, Delivered by Germany on Behalf of 39 Countries

HRC45 – CAP Liberté de Conscience joins ACLU’s demands to the OHCHR for the elaboration of the report on structural racism and law enforcement

HRC45 – CAP Liberté de Conscience joins ACLU’s demands to the OHCHR for the elaboration of the report on structural racism and law enforcement

HRC 45 : Unabated Religious Persecution and the Danger of an Escalation — A Case Study on 20 Years of Persecution of Falun Gong in People’s Republic of China

Unabated Religious Persecution and the Danger of an Escalation — A Case Study on 20 Years of Persecution of Falun Gong in People’s Republic of China

This World Day Against Death Penalty The International Community must take immediate steps to ensure states repeal laws which mandate the death penalty for apostasy or blasphemy

This World Day Against Death Penalty
The International Community must take immediate steps to ensure states repeal laws which mandate the death penalty for apostasy or blasphemy

Joint Statement Submitted by the American Civil Liberties Union Item 9: General Debate Following High Commissioner’s Oral Update on Res. 43/1 45th Session of the Human Rights Council

Joint Statement Submitted by the American Civil Liberties Union

Item 9: General Debate Following High Commissioner’s Oral Update on Res. 43/1

45th Session of the Human Rights Council

Violating the Human Rights of Members of Shincheonji in South Korea

Violating the Human Rights of Members of Shincheonji in South Korea

Report on the conditions and basic needs of citizens returning from displacement camps to Sinjar and its Southern area specifically

Report on the conditions and basic needs of citizens returning from displacement camps to Sinjar and its Southern area specifically

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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After 25 Years: Solidarity with Tai Ji Men

After 25 Years: Solidarity with Tai Ji Men

On July 13, 2007, the Supreme Court found Tai Ji Men not guilty of fraud, tax evasion or violation of tax codes. Tai Ji Men’s shifu and dizi who were illegally detained also received national compensation for wrongful imprisonment. Yet the Taxation Bureau continued to issue unjustified tax bills to Tai Ji Men and later even transferred the case to the Administrative Enforcement Agency. Tai Ji Men’s land and assets have been illegally seized and auctioned.

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Universal Declaration on Combating and Preventing Forced Organ Harvesting

Universal Declaration on Combating and Preventing Forced Organ Harvesting

At the end of the World Summit, the organizers launched the Universal Declaration on Combating and Preventing Forced Organ Harvesting, also referred to as UDCPFOH, calling on the entire human race to support the concerted endeavor to cease the atrocity of forced organ harvesting committed by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).

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What is CAP Freedom of Conscience ?


The Coordination of the Associations and the People for Freedom of
Conscience is an European NGO with United Nations Consultative
Status, created two decades ago and dedicated to protect the Right of
Freedom of Religion and Belief.

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