Warsaw Human Dimension Conference 2022
26 September 2022, 14:00 – 7 October 2022
Sofitel Victoria Warsaw Królewska St. 11, 00-065, Warsaw
Organized by The Polish 2022 OSCE Chairmanship-in-Office,
with the support of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR)
Thursday, 28 September
Plenary Session III: Tolerance and Non-Discrimination I
Addressing racism, xenophobia, discrimination and intolerance, including based on
religion or belief
France, recognized for its values towards secularism and respect for freedom of religion and belief, has serious deficiencies in its territory in its commitment to respect freedom of religion and belief.
Our recommendations to France are to consider more seriously its commitments regarding:
Article 9 of the European Convention on Human Rights
Article 18 of the UDHR
Article 18 of the ICCPR
And to implement them to all religions, beliefs and spiritual and convictional minorities without distinction.
In 2021, the French government restarted its hunt against spiritual and convictional minorities through a press campaign led by the Minister Delegate to the Minister of the Interior at the time, Mrs. Marlène Schiappa.
Mrs. Schiappa had announced in the media that Miviludes (Interministerial mission of vigilance and combat against sectarian drifts) would be reinforced, that it would be provided with a more substantial budget and that the so-called “anti-sect” associations would be subsidized more.
Mrs. Schappia had also declared in the media that Miviludes had a list of five hundred sects, that around eighty thousand children and five hundred thousand adults were threatened by sectarian movements.
CAP LC had formally asked the Miviludes to provide the list of five hundred sects and on what sources it relied to establish the number of children and adults in danger.
In its reply, Miviludes admitted that it didn’t have recent data and that it had published statistics that were more than ten years old and already controversial at the time.
When we published Miviludes’ response, its working methods and information were critically analyzed by international experts.
Since then, the campaign of discrimination and stigmatization of spiritual minorities continues in France and the false allegations have still not been officially denied.
We call on France to definitively put an end to this campaign of discrimination and stigmatization with regard to spiritual minorities or beliefs.
Recommendations to France :
To consider more seriously its commitments regarding :
– Article 9 of the European Convention on Human Rights
– Article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
– Article 18 International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights ICCPR
Sources :220928145046_0049 CAP LC OSCE 2022 MIVILUDES