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 DAFOH Partners in Combating and Preventing Forced Organ Harvesting

Reflection on the hate speech in the contemporary society

Reflection on the hate speech in the contemporary society

CAP Liberté de Conscience is a French NGO, granted of the Consultative Status of the United Nations, and has been dedicated since 1995 to the promotion and defense of the universal principles of freedom of conscience, religion or belief, as defined and guaranteed by the various national, European and international legal texts, whatever the category of persons to whom these principles apply and whatever their convictions.

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Law and Tax Reform Conscience to Save Taiwan (98)—Refused to Compromise with Evil Forces and Tai Chi Gate Won International Respect

Law and Tax Reform Conscience to Save Taiwan (98)—Refused to Compromise with Evil Forces and Tai Chi Gate Won International Respect

Taijimen has been persecuted for more than a quarter of a century. It is a great irony of Taiwan’s human rights and has already attracted international attention. In recent years, the world-renowned human rights magazine “Bitter Winter” (Bitter Winter) and multinational international human rights websites have published hundreds of articles exposing the truth of the case. International human rights activists held a press conference in Washington DC on December 7, 2021, expressing Condemned, even 25 international senior scholars and human rights experts jointly wrote to President Tsai Ing-wen, urging her to solve the problem as soon as possible.

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ABOUT AN ODOXA SURVEY ON SO-CALLED ‘SECTARIAN DRIFTS’

ABOUT AN ODOXA SURVEY ON SO-CALLED ‘SECTARIAN DRIFTS’

The survey report is entitled: The French and the sectarian phenomenon. It is a questionnaire-survey administered through internet to a representative sample of 1,006 French people, on December 21 and 22, 2021, published on January 17, 2022. We did not have access to the questionnaire, but we can guess which questions were asked by reading the subtitles on the survey report. We do not know if they were direct questions with “yes/no/don’t know” answers, which are tainted by the phenomenon of acquiescence bias (overestimation of ‘yes’ answers that distort the results). We also do not know how much the survey cost.

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82 Ukrainian Academics Ask France to Stop Supporting the Anti-Cult Federation FECRIS

82 Ukrainian Academics Ask France to Stop Supporting the Anti-Cult Federation FECRIS

Nevertheless, we would like to draw your attention on the following facts. At the Human Dimension Conference organized by the OSCE in Warsaw, on September 28 and 29, France has been publicly asked by NGOs to stop funding FECRIS (European Federation of Research and Information Centers on Sects and Cults), a French umbrella organization that gathers “anti-cults” organizations throughout Europe and is mainly funded by France.

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41st Session UPR Working Group Information meeting on the UPR process in Indonesia IHRC

41st Session UPR Working Group Information meeting on the UPR process in Indonesia IHRC

THE-QUASI GOVERNMENTAL INDONESIAN COUNSEL OF ULEMA(MUI) HAS DECLARED AHMADI MUSLIMS AS “DEVIANT” AND HERETICAL TO ISLAM–PERPETUATING VIOLENCE AGAINST THE COMMUNITY 2008 JOINT MINISTERIAL DECREEEST ABLISHED LEGAL RESTRICTIONS ON FREEDOM OF BELIEF FOR AHMADI MUSLIMS IN INDONESIA DESTRUCTIO OF AHMADI MUSLIM MOSQUES &P ROHIBITION ON BUILDING NEW PLACES OF WORSHIP BANS ON LITERATURE BELONGING TO THEAHMADIYYAMUSLIM COMMUNITY LACK OF ADEQUATE HOUSING FOR MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY WHOSE HOMES WERE DESTROYED BY INDONESIAN MILITANTS

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Statement submitted 136th session Human Rights Committee (10 Oct 2022 – 04 Nov 2022) on Japan

The assassination in Nara, Japan, of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe
on July 8, 2022, was followed by a campaign of intolerance, discrimination, and
persecution of the Unification Church, now called the Family Federation for World
Peace and Unification (we will use “Unification Church” and “Family Federation
for World Peace and Unification” interchangeably here, as most media do,
although we are aware of the historical nuances and differences). During the course of this campaign, the human rights of the members of the Unification Church in Japan were seriously, systematically, and blatantly violated.

Supplemental Statement submitted at the 136th session, Human Rights Committee (10 Oct 2022 – 4 Nov 2022) on Japan

The statement submitted by CAP-LC on the intolerance, discrimination, and persecution of the Unification Church/Family Federation for World Peace and Unification in Japan concerns an ongoing situation, whose evolution CAP-LC continues to monitor. Unfortunately, as compared to when we submitted our original statement, the situation is getting worse, and there are new elements we believe the Committee should also urgently consider.

Statement submitted 136th session Human Rights Committee (10 Oct 2022 – 04 Nov 2022) on Ethiopia Incidents targeting the Amhara community in 2022

Amhara survivors of the latest round of ethnically-targeted killings in Wellega, in Oromia region are under siege and afraid for their lives. OLF-Shene regained control of Jardega Jarte Wereda on September 24, 2022; 60 Amhara civilians were burnt alive, 200-500 were killed and more than 20,000 have been displaced.

Side Event at the 51st Session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva under the “Recognize to reconcile” initiative – 6th October 2022

Normally, it is the States and their governments that are the deciders and practitioners of conflicts as well as finding the solutions, the role of the civil societies is often invisible in such development. NGO organisations tirelessly work to create the conditions that pushes international institutions and States to set aside their entrenched views in conflicts and move towards peace through give and take process.

Oral statement at the UN Human Rights Council 51st Session Arbitrary Detention the case of Cyrille Adam

Et d’enquêter de toute urgence sur le cas de M. Adam afin que lui – et tous les citoyens français – puissent espérer un procès équitable dans un délai raisonnable et puissent l’attendre dans des conditions décentes dans le respect des droits de l’homme comme la France s’est engagée à le faire.

Oral statement at the UN 51 Human Rights Council Session Massacres of and attacks against Amharas

CAP Liberté de Conscience and Human Rights Without Frontiers welcome the work of the Commission but remain deeply concerned about the massacres and attacks on Amhara civilians as in last June in Gimbi County of Oromia Region, thousands of OLA and OLF-Shene militants attacked Amharas in 10 villages with the collaboration of local ethnic Oromo residents and the passive complicity of the Oromia Region government.

HRC 51st Session Oral Statement : Heavy prison sentences for political opponents Reckya Madougou and Joël Aivo in Benin

End of last year, Joël Aivo, a law professor who challenged President Talon in the last election, was sentenced to 10 years in prison for allegedly plotting against the state and laundering money.

In May 2021, the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights adopted a Resolution in which it declared to be deeply concerned by the restrictions on civic space and the crackdown on demonstrations by the army resulting in loss of lives, abuses and violations.

HRC 51st Session : Germany, Propaganda, Fake News, and Discrimination of a Peaceful Religious Minority

While Scientologists have had to fight (and win in court) against discrimination from German officials since 50 years [1] , it is since nearly 30 years, and still today in 2022, German citizens are in general life contexts required to sign declarations that they did not and will not participate in any Scientology-related activity before obtaining some public and private jobs, or before getting a municipal grant for the purchase of an eBike and so contribute to the city’s efforts on protecting the environment, as it has been happening with the City of Munich. This type of hidden coercive measure is backed up by government funded and promoted propaganda, that dehumanizes individual Scientologists, their beliefs and twists their real aims.

HRC 51st Session : Persecution of Religious Minorities Through Tax Harassment and Seizure of Property, and Reactions by International Scholars

In the Russian Federation, premises of the Jehovah’s Witnesses continue to be confiscated. Following similar decisions in other jurisdictions, on July 22, 2022, the District Court of Volgograd turned a building and a land plot belonging to the Jehovah’s Witnesses into state ownership. The fact that the European Court of Human Rights recently declared the “liquidation” of the Jehovah’s Witnesses in the Russian Federation and confiscation of their properties as contrary to the European Convention on Human Rights was ignored.

HRC 51st Session : About the 18 June 2022 mass massacres of Amharas at Gimbi (Western part of Ethiopia)

In 1990, Mohammed Yusuf, his wife and their children moved to Gimbi where they were given land to till and also engaged in farming.  On 18 June, Gimbi was invaded by armed men. Assuming that they would not kill women and children, Mohammed Yusuf went into hiding in a maze farm while his children and grandchildren stayed at home behind closed door.

HRC 51st Session : The Republic of Korea: The Jeongeup Murder Case and the Continued Persecution of Shincheonji

on June 18 the Christian TV network CBS broadcast a statement of the murderer, who said he had committed the crime because his ex-wife was a member of a Korean Christian new religious movement, Shincheonji. It came out that in the days before the murder the assassin went though four counseling sessions with Pastor Oh Myeong-hyeon of the Heresy Research Center, an institution specialized in fighting Shincheonji and other groups it considers “heretic,” which also supports kidnapping and forced conversion (deprogramming). Obviously Pastor Oh did not suggest that the man killed his ex-wife, but he excited his hatred against Shincheonji. To deflect blame from himself, Pastor Oh later held a press conference where he claimed that Shincheonji was responsible for the crime and should be punished. If the wife had not joined Shincheonji the crime would never have happened, he said.

HRC 51st Session : The Case of Salma Al-Shehab Sentenced to 34 Years in Prison and Women’s Rights In Saudi Arabia

A 34-year old PhD student sentenced to 34 years in prison and a 34-year travel ban afterwards, a cynical and cruel game with this number  At mid-August 2022, Salma al-Shehab, a Saudi 34-year old PhD student from the University of Leeds, was sentenced under the kingdom’s counter-terrorism and cybercrime laws to a heavy penalty: 34 years in prison and a 34-year travel ban after her release for following and retweeting messages from Saudi women’s rights activists, including Loujain al-Hathloul ranked third in the “Top 100 Most Powerful Arab Women 2015” and the winner of the Vaclav Havel Human Rights Prize in 2020.

43rd Session Universal Periodic Review Les conditions de détention en France

Le gouvernement français a institué un système unique en Europe de surveillance de ces minorités qui entraîne de graves manquements de l’Etat aux principes de liberté de religion ou de croyance, d’égalité des citoyens français devant les institutions nationales et de fraternité en clivant les citoyens selon leur appartenance à une minorité religieuse ou de croyance reconnue ou non et en instaurant un climat de suspicion et parfois même de haine pour les croyances non traditionnelles et non normatives.

“Recognize to Reconcile” Coalition At the 51th session of the UN Human Rights Council

Protection of universal human rights in conflict affected areas has always been the priority for the work of UN Human rights council. There is inseparable connection between protection of peace and security and human rights and human dignity. Both sustainable peace and human dignity can’t not be achieved but with Justice. The latter is a fundamental building block for the formers, thus it needs to be addressed at once. This linkage become even more important when the shadow of the fading conflict still dominates and hinder normalization efforts by the states engaged in post-conflict peacebuilding. The two-fold task presents a challenge but also provide opportunity to support transition from conflict to peace by applying the mechanism of transitional justice.1 One such important opportunity emerged in the critical region of South Caucuses with the effective transition of Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict since the parties signed Trilateral Statement in November 2020 which ended the war.

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.

The need to address challenges to civil society participation in light of restrictions, including due to the Strategic Heritage Plan (SHP)

Civil society participation is a cornerstone of the Human Rights Council. Given continuing restrictions to civil society participation, including the Council’s adoption of efficiency measures to address the UN’s financial shortfalls; the COVID-19 pandemic2; and the ongoing Strategic Heritage Plan, we call on you to continue to ensure full participation of civil society and that civil society are fully consulted in the making of decisions that affect civil society participation and access to the Council. We are concerned that without such consultation, decisions on issues relating to participation and procedure will be taken without full consideration of all key stakeholders, to the detriment of the Council’s effectiveness.

Call for submissions International Commission of Human Rights Experts on Ethiopia

CAP Liberté de Conscience, along with Human Rights Without Frontiers and other international NGOs, are very concerned about repeated massacres of Amharas in total impunity in Ethiopia as well as mass arrests by the Ethiopian federal government of Amhara activists, journalists and other critics.

42th UPR Session PAKISTAN Jan – Feb 2023 Persecution of Ahmadis in Pakistan

No society can claim to be idealisticly egalitarian as certain elements of every society always claim superiority over the others, either on ethnic, numerical, or religious basis and try to usurp some rights of the weaker segments, but the governing forces of the societies usually play positive regulatory role in order to quell the unruly advancements of the powerful groups in order to safeguard the rights of the minorities or those weaker segments. In modern world the States have promulgated and implemented laws to guarantee basic human rights for all of its citizens irrespective of their caste, creed or religion and many States have guaranteed these basic human rights by incorporating them in their Constitution or are otherwise accepted by the humanity, while assuring its citizens and international community that the guaranteed right would not be violated at any cost and in case of violation the aggrieved person would be allowed some kind of remedy by approaching the Constitutional Courts for enforcement of those rights.

HRC 50 Oral statement at the UN for prosecution of Patriarch Kirill

CAP Liberté de Conscience shares its deep concerns with Human Rights Without Frontiers which has documented, for the International Criminal Court, the grave responsibility of Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia in the outbreak and extension of Russia’s war on Ukraine.

CAP calls upon the U.N. to collaborate with the ICC which is currently busy evidencing war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in Ukraine and identifying the perpetrators to be held accountable.

HRC 50 : Civil Society Appeal for Release of Russian Political Prisoner Vladimir Kara-Murza

The Civil Society Coalition believes that the war in Ukraine will stop when the Russian people are able to express their opposition to it. We therefore urge the Human Rights Council, the High Commissioner for Human Rights, the Secretary-General along with all other relevant UN human rights mandate-holders and special procedures to speak out and demand the release of all prisoners of conscience detained by the Russian Federation for the crime of opposing its aggression in Ukraine.

HRC 50 : The Two Human Rights Covenants and Freedom of Religion or Belief

The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) became international law in 1976. As we all know, they are the cornerstones of the United Nations human rights system.

HRC 50 : Incidents targeting the Amhara community

HRC 50 : Incidents targeting the Amhara community

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. »

CAP Freedom of Conscience involvement in Europe

CAP LC submissions at the OSCE 2008 – 2019

CAP LC submissions at the OSCE 2008 - 2019 CAP-LC-submission-OSCE-2008-2019Télécharger

COMPILATION OF WRITTEN RECOMMENDATIONS (Covering Working sessions 10-15)

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Open Letter to the OSCE/ODIHR

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Prasun Prakash Is Religious Freedom ever possible in the Russian Federation ?

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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 ?

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OSCE HIDM 2019 Prasun Prakash

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

OSCE HIDM 2019 CAP LC

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Faith and Freedom summit pledge

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Reflection on the hate speech in the contemporary society

Reflection on the hate speech in the contemporary society

CAP Liberté de Conscience is a French NGO, granted of the Consultative Status of the United Nations, and has been dedicated since 1995 to the promotion and defense of the universal principles of freedom of conscience, religion or belief, as defined and guaranteed by the various national, European and international legal texts, whatever the category of persons to whom these principles apply and whatever their convictions.

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Freedom of Expression, Hate Speech, and Religious Freedom: A Human Rights Perspective.

Freedom of Expression, Hate Speech, and Religious Freedom: A Human Rights Perspective.

Hate speech is an ongoing problem in all societies, both online and offline. As history has shown, atrocity crimes are sparked by hate speech. A growing trend of
hatred and intolerance toward people who are perceived as different increases the potential to incite violence and severe human rights violations. Ethnic and religious
minorities, migrants, refugees, and others who are perceived as unwelcome are often targets of hate speech and discrimination.

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41st Session UPR Working Group Information meeting on the UPR process in Indonesia CAP LC

41st Session UPR Working Group Information meeting on the UPR process in Indonesia CAP LC

CAP Liberté de Conscience is a secular European created in 1995 and dedicated to protect the Right of Freedom of Religion and Belief. We combats all forms of discrimination based on religion or belief by alerting European and International bodies. We 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. We also advocates for any religious or spiritual group facing discrimination to have their right to Freedom of Religion and Belief recognized.

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Side Event 41st Session UPR Working Group Information meeting on the UPR process in Indonesia

Side Event 41st Session UPR Working Group Information meeting on the UPR process in Indonesia

On behalf of the Coordination des Associations et des Particuliers pour la Liberté de Conscience (CAP Freedom of Conscience) and International Human Rights Commissio , it is my privilege to invite you to our NGO side event highlighting the persecution faced by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in Indonesia during the 41st session of the United Nations Universal Periodic Review in Geneva.

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