Bitter Winter (19.05.2023) – Nous avons évoqué il y a quelques jours la curieuse relation entre la MIVILUDES, l’agence gouvernementale française de lutte contre les sectes, et la belle ville de Caen, qui est en train de devenir synonyme de malchance pour cette organisation controversée. Au début du mois, pour éviter une audience au tribunal de Caen, la MIVILUDES a dû republier son dernier rapport annuel en y incluant la réponse de l’Eglise de Scientologie.
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.
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.
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
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
5. There are approximately 1,000 Ahmadi refugees in Thailand. Many of these individuals face harrowing circumstances in their home country (Pakistan) simply for claiming their religious identity, exercising or manifesting their faith. This includes serious threats to life, liberty and physical integrity, leading them no choice but to flee their homes, towns, or countries, with or without their families, to countries where they think they could seek protection
we would like to express our concern about the repeated denial and unjustified delay on the permission for the Church of Scientology to maintain its headquarters and place of worship in Budapest. We also express serious concern that the criminal investigations carried out against the Church of Scientology, which led to the seizure of several documents including of a private nature and to restrictions on places of worship, may be incompatible with international human rights standards