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Source :UNITED NATIONS HUMAN RIGHTS OFFICCE OF THE HIGH COMMISSIONER

On 13 July 2021, UN 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.

“It is of the utmost importance to shed light on the persistent human rights violations and the rising acts of discrimination against the Ahmadi Muslims worldwide, which we find deeply worrying,” the experts said.

“We call on the international community to be vigilant and to undertake coordinated action to respond to the violations faced by the Ahmadi Muslims around the world, particularly in countries where their lives are most at risk.”

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While Ahmadis constitute a global religious community with rich history and tens of millions of members, we have received, for more than 15 years, reports of religious intolerance, discrimination and violence perpetrated against this community by state officials as well as non-state actors in a number of countries, including Algeria, Bangladesh, Egypt, Indonesia, Iran, Malaysia, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

In our capacity as Special Procedures mandate holders, we have intervened with the concerned Governments and strengthened awareness of international community about the dire situation in which Ahmadis find themselves and we have raised serious concerns at the panoply of human rights violations suffered by them. Such violations are not limited to existing discriminatory institutional and legal settings, but they also extend to acts and coordinated campaigns of discrimination, stigmatization and blatant aggression against their identity, cultural, social and political existence, often on the grounds of a perceived and politically instrumentalized doctrinal disagreement around Islam, and the entrenched prejudice that they are not to be considered as “real Muslims”.

We note with concern the existence of laws and regulations that promote and institutionalize the predominance of majority ethno-religious communities over minorities, and the promotion of certain religions and beliefs over others. Such institutional and legal frameworks impose significant obstacles in the enjoyment of the rights of persons belonging to minorities, including the principle of non-discrimination, the rights to freedom of thought, conscience, religion or belief, freedom of opinion and expression, as well as cultural and socio-economic rights guaranteed in international human rights instruments, including in the provisions of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR), the 1981 UN Declaration on the Elimination of All Forms of Intolerance and Discrimination Based on Religion or Belief and the 1992 UN Declaration on the Rights Persons Belonging to National or Ethnic, Religious and Linguistic Minorities.

Of particular concern are the constitutional provisions, special ordinances, ministerial decrees, or religious edicts that stigmatize and discriminate against the Ahmadiyya community in countries such as Indonesia and Pakistan, and which prohibit Ahmadis from identifying themselves as Muslims, freely expressing their beliefs, practicing their faith, and from effectively participating in public life. Ahmadis are often denied access to public-service employment on religious grounds and are particularly vulnerable to violations under laws on offences relating to religion (blasphemy laws). They are also targeted by laws regulating new technologies and social media platforms, with the aim to suppress their dissenting views and beliefs, enhance control of their minority communities and further increase their persecution through coordinated online hate campaigns and, in certain cases, online coordinated acts of collective punishment.

Furthermore, we note with grave concern the application of discriminatory regulations that appear to aim at denying Ahmadis’ fundamental freedoms as citizens, including inter alia their voting rights and their access to identification documents, as well as imposing administrative obstacles in the enjoyment of their right to form and maintain associations.

In addition to discriminatory legislative and policy frameworks, Ahmadiyya Muslims have often been the target of discrimination, exclusion, hate campaigns and violence, including arbitrary arrests and detentions, verbal and physical attacks in the public sphere, as well as attacks against their cultural sites and places of worship. Ahmadi women are particularly affected, as they face harassment and discrimination due to their distinctive traditional Ahmadi attire, which makes them immediately recognisable, while Ahmadi children and youth are often denied admission to schools and higher education institutions because of their faith, and constantly suffer intimidation and bullying, thus forcing them to drop out and interrupt their studies. Reports also indicate that Ahmadis are still portrayed in a negative light in school textbooks, while Ahmadiyya educational institutions are often seized and administratively closed by state authorities.

Furthermore, the recent pandemic outbreak has exacerbated existing religious intolerance and discrimination against minority communities and vulnerable groups worldwide, including the Ahmadis, who have been particularly affected by the upsurge in incitement to hatred and stigmatization, and the propagation of disinformation, holding them responsible for the development and spreading of the COVID-19 virus.

We recall the international standards on non-discrimination and prohibition of any advocacy of national, racial or religious hatred that constitutes incitement to discrimination, hostility or violence. We also draw attention to the authoritative interpretation of article 18 of the ICCPR, providing for protection and promotion of all rights under the Covenant – including the right to freedom of thought, conscience, religion or belief (article 18), and the rights of minorities protected under article 27 – even in those cases in which a certain religion is recognized as a State religion, or that it is established as official or traditional, or that its followers comprise the majority of the population. The protection, promotion and fulfilment of the human rights of the adherents of any religion or belief is not contingent upon the official recognition of such a religion or belief. At the same time, the institutionalisation and official recognition of certain beliefs or religions should in no circumstance become the reason or the basis for discrimination of any kind against adherents of other beliefs or religions.

We strongly urge all States to:

  1. Repeal all laws that discriminate against Ahmadi Muslims, including laws that curtail their right to freedom of thought, conscience, religion and belief, opinion and expression, offline and online, and amend them in accordance with international human rights standards;
  2. In particular, repeal all blasphemy laws or at least, amend them in compliance with the strict requirements of the ICCPR and its articles 2, 19 and 26;
  3. Strengthen legislative and institutional responses in effectively addressing hate speech and incitement to national, racial or religious hatred, in accordance with the established international human rights standards and by integrating the guidance provided the Rabat Plan of Action;
  4. Ensure equal and effective participation of Ahmadis in public life and in decision-making processes that affect them, including by guaranteeing their political representation and their free exercise of their right to vote; by guaranteeing their access to employment and public services of any kind, and by protecting their right to form and maintain their associations and organizations;
  5. Address the multiple and intersecting forms of violence and discrimination suffered by Ahmadi women, children and refugees;
  6. Rescind any bans on Ahmadiyya publications, and ensure that Ahmadis fully enjoy their right to seek, receive and impart information and ideas, including through any media of their choice;
  7. Protect and safeguard Ahmadi cultural places and places of worship against attacks and desecrations;
  8. Eliminate discrimination and exclusion of Ahmadi children in education and vocational training; undertake appropriate legislative and policy measures to address physical and psychological violence and bullying inside and outside school premises; and, revise and amend national curricula and textbooks to eliminate prejudicial references that perpetrate stigma against minorities, and with the aim of strengthening human rights education and promoting inter-religious, inter-cultural understanding and dialogue.
  9. Ensure accountability and prosecute all those responsible for violations and attacks against Ahmadis and other minorities, and design and implement human rights awareness-raising and training programmes for all relevant state institutions and public officials, with the active participation of Ahmadiyya communities, as well as of religious leaders representing different faiths.

ENDS

The UN experts: Ahmed Shaheed, Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief; Irene Khan, Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression; Fernand de Varennes, Special Rapporteur on minority issues

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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.

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ACTIVITES CAP LC 2020 / 2021

2021

 

13th July conference the persecution
of Ahmadi Muslims Worldwide July 2021

 

FECRIS Denounced at the United Nations’ Human Rights Council July 2021

Misusing Taxes Against Religious Freedom: A Statement Was Filed at UN Human Rights Council July 2021

REQUEST TO IMMEDIATELY HALT DEPORTATION OF AN AHMADI MUSLIM FROM PULHEIM, GERMANY TO PAKISTAN June 2021

A/HRC/47/NGO/178 : State Funding of anti-religious associations in France June 2021

A/HRC/47/NGO/167 Misusing Taxes for Discriminating Against Religious and Spiritual Minorities: A Global Problem June 2021


A/HRC/47/NGO/2 The Religious Factor in the Farmers Bills Protests in India June 2021

A/HRC/47/NGO/29 Freedom of Religion and Belief Scientology in Hungary A situation report UDHR article 12 and Article 18 June 2021

Freedom of Expression Policy Toward Tamils History Posts Removal and Restriction, on Facebook, Google, Youtube and other social medias.June 2021

Demands and Pledge from Several thousand people joined the march June 2021

19 organizations and individuals join letter calling on the US State Department to place pressure on Azerbaijan to release Armenian prisoners of war and address religious freedom concerns in the region June 2021

37 Organizations and Individuals Join Letter Urging the State Department and USCIRF to Call on Sri Lanka to Drop Plans to Introduce Anti-Conversion Laws

SUBMISSION 39th session UNIVERSAL PERIODIC REVIEW 2021 Hungary May 2021

SUBMISSION 39th session UNIVERSAL PERIODIC REVIEW 2021 – Thailand May 2021

CPR – International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights 132 Session : State Funding of anti-religious associations in France May 2021

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

HRC 46 ID Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms while countering terrorism : Statement on France March 2021

HRC 46 Item 3 Interactive dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief : GERMANY SECT FILTER March 2021

Anti-Cult Groups and Misinformation: A Danger for Religious Freedom February 11, 2021

L'utilisation abusive de l'administration fiscale pour persécuter les minorités spirituelles February 2021

MultiFaith Letter : Sri Lanka. Muslims are being forced to cremate despite it being prohibited by Islam February 2021

MultiFaith Letter : France  “Consolidating the Respect of the Principles of the Republic” February 2021

January 2021 interview : The Religious Factor in the Farmers Bills Protests in India: A Sikh Voice

January 2021 : FRANCE : Marlène Schiappa charge the MIVILUDES (Interministerial Mission of Vigilance and Combat against Sectarian Aberrations) to drawing up a report on « sectarian aberrations imported from the United States »

January 2021 : Conference 24th January 2021 : Education Conscience and Tax Justice reflecting on the TAI JI MEN case in Taiwan

January 2021 : Confrence : Freedom of Religion: From the USCIRF Report on Persecutions in Russia to Violations in Europe

January 2021: Letter in Support of Freedom of Religion in the new bill on separatism

January 2021 : CAP Freedom of Conscience joined a coalition of NGO to demand the release of Dr. Gulshan Abbas

January 2021 Sweden – Call for Signatures: Letter in Support of Chinese Citizen Facing Deportation

January 2021 : Letter to President Elect Biden IRF Roundtable

2020

Side-event : The Pandemic and Forced Organ Harvesting – Europe’s Opportunity to End its Illusions about China december 2020

13 European NGOs urge China, Iran and Russia to release prisoners from a dozen religious groups in light of the COVID-19 threat december 2020

How the Chinese Communist Party Robs Children of Their Religious Faith december 2020

The Religious Factor in the Farmers Bills Protests in India: A Sikh Voice december 2020

Signing letter : We appeal to the UN, the USA and the European Union to take immediate action against air strikes by the Turkish state in Sinjar November 2020

Letter in Support of Having the French Anti-separatism Bill Reviewed by the Venice Commission November 2020

NGOs accuse Irak saying that « Êzîdî culture is under threat of extinction and erasure from history » Ocotber 2020

10 Experts’ Opinions on Tai Ji Men Case July 2020

India : JASWANT SINGH KHALRA MEMORIAL LECTURE & BOOK LAUNCH November 2020

Pakistan : A Beleaguered Community. The Growing Target Killings, Violence, Legal Discrimination and Social Exclusion of The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community International Religion Freedom Ministerial side event November 2020

China Denies Children Their Freedom of Religion and Belief International Religion Freedom Ministerial side event November 2020

France : International Religion Freedom Ministerial side event Separatism and Human Rights November 2020

International Interdisciplinary Conference ‘Religious Freedom and Education’, 8-10 October, 2020

Re: Request to Impose Sanctions to Stop Turkey’s War Crimes in Northeast Syria and Beyond Under EO 13894 October 2020

Thierry Valle |President of the Coordination of Associations and Individuals for Freedom of Conscience, France August 2020

HRC45 – CAP Liberté de Conscience joins ACLU’s demands to the OHCHR for the elaboration of the report on structural racism and law enforcement September 2020

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 September 2020

HRC 45 : Violating the Human Rights of Members of Shincheonji in South Korea September 2020

HRC 45 : Report on the conditions and basic needs of citizens returning from displacement camps to Sinjar and its Southern area specifically September 2020

HRC 45: Jaswant Singh Khalra was remembered today at the 45th Session of the UN Human Rights Council September 2020

45th Session Human Rights Council : shincheonji oral statement September 2020

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

523 NGOs wrote to the UN Human Rights Treaty Bodies and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights urge them to schedule country reviews no later than 2021 September 2020

The renewal of the mandate of the Special Envoy for the promotion of freedom of religion or belief outside the EU

Urgent Call for the Dropping of All Charges Against Christian Pastor Keshav Raj Acharya

Letter to the Vatican

Sign on Letter to South Korean Minister of Foreign Affairs Religious Freedom Violations

Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Letter

the case of Huma Younus : Christian Pakistani girl who was kidnapped

A Letter to the Foreign Minister of South Korea on the Situation of Shincheonji July 2020

IRFR Letter to POTUS on Hong Kong June 2020

Letter to Ambassador Yasseen on recognition of Iraqi evangelical churches June 2020

Signatures on the China Coalition’s Emergency Internet Freedom Funding Letter June 2020

Urgent call for COVID-19 response for Refugees and Asylum Seekers june 2020

Joint letter to Vietnam’s Prime Minister May 2020

Open letter to UN Asia-Pacific Regional Group on China’s appointment to UN HRC Consultative Group May 2020

HRC 44th session Written statement : Croatia Discrimination based on ethnicity and disregard for the best interest of a child june 2020

HRC 44th session Written statement : An act of horrific brutality against a humane and compassionate Ahmadi woman charged under the Blasphemy law june 2020

HRC 44th session Written statement : Scapegoating members of Shincheonji for COVID-19 in the Republic of Korea

Petition to preserve the cemeterie in Vilnius Lithuania June 2020

Sign-On Letter re Vietnam Hmong and Montagnard Christians June 2020

The continuation of the mandate of the Special Envoy for the promotion of freedom of  religion or belief outside the EU June 2020

Experts raise Vietnam’s human rights violations against Christians in letter to US  President June 2020

Joint letter to Vietnam's Prime Minister June 2020

Open letter to UN Asia-Pacific Regional Group on China’s appointment to UN HRC Consultative  Group June 2020

Urgent call for COVID-19 response for Refugees and Asylum Seekers June 2020

AHMADIYYA IN SCHOLARLY PERSPECTIVE June 2020

Experts raise Vietnam’s human rights violations against Christians in letter to US President June 2020

Report to the United Nations General Assembly on Eliminating Intolerance and Discrimination Based on Religion or Belief and the Achievement of Sustainable Development Goal 16 (SDG 16) HRC 44 June 2020

Letter to Secretary Pompeo April 2020

China HRC Consultative Group April 2020

IRF Roundtable Letter – Ramy Kamel April 2020

PETITION TO PRESERVE THE CEMETERIES IN THE OLD CITY OF LVIV April 2020

The continuation of the mandate of the Special Envoy for the promotion of freedom of religion or belief outside the EU April 2020

HRC 43 A coalition of NGOs questions the People’s Republic of China at the United Nations March 2020

HRC 43 Oral Statement on Religious Freedom in Russia  March 2020

HRC 43 Prolonged discrimination of religious minority in Germany March 2020

HRC 43 Status report Ezidis for the General Director of the United Nations (UN) March 2020

HRC 43 SOUTH KOREA – Coronavirus and Shincheonji: Stopping the Witch Hunt – Urgent Appeal from Human Rights Groups March 2020

HRC43 | Support consensus renewal of the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders March 2020

religious freedom situation in India February 2020

Multifaith letter regarding Huma Younus February 2020

Recognizing Freedom of Conscience and Religious Objections to State Mandated Vaccination and Ending the Persecution of the Unvaccinated People of Faith February 2020

End The Persecution of The Church of Almighty God Now! February 2020

Human Rights in Thailand and Malaysia : The case of the Ahmadis refugees in Thailand and Malaysia March 2020

Declaration of Principles for the International Religious Freedom Alliance February 2020

2019 Annual Report on the Chinese Communist Government’s Persecution of The Church of Almighty God Released Today January 2020

 

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