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

Anyone involved in China’s transplant field risks becoming complicit in human rights abuses

Anyone involved in China’s transplant field risks becoming complicit in human rights abuses

The day before the United Nations Human Rights Council held the fourth round of the Universal Periodic Review ( UPR ) of human rights in China, a non-governmental organization with United Nations consultative status – “Association for Freedom of Conscience and Individual Collaboration” (French abbreviation CAP LC) organized , together with the organization “Doctors Against Forced Organ Harvesting ” (DAFOH), held an information meeting titled “China’s Deprivation of Universal Human Rights ” on January 22, specifically focusing on the ongoing persecution of Falun Gong practitioners and organ harvesting. question.

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Pakistan’s Uphill Battle for True Democracy: Beyond Elections

Pakistan’s Uphill Battle for True Democracy: Beyond Elections

In the political landscape of Pakistan, the looming specter of power plays and abuses casts a long shadow over the democratic process. As the nation prepares for parliamentary elections on Feb. 8, the narrative of manipulation and suppression persists, undermining the very essence of democracy. The recent crackdown on opposition parties, media censorship, and shrinking space for civil society underscore a troubling reality: Pakistan needs more than just elections to be a democracy.

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Anti-forced organ harvesting organizations call for the establishment of an international criminal tribunal to target the CCP’s crimes of forced organ harvesting

Anti-forced organ harvesting organizations call for the establishment of an international criminal tribunal to target the CCP’s crimes of forced organ harvesting

The Coordination of associations and individuals for Freedom of Conscience (CAP LC in French), a non-governmental organization with consultative status with the United Nations , together with Doctors Against Forced Organ Harvesting ( DAFOH ), held a meeting in On January 22, the day before the fourth round of the Universal Periodic Review ( UPR ) of China’s human rights by the United Nations Human Rights Council, a message titled “China’s Deprivation of Universal Human Rights ” was held at the United Nations Palais des Nations. Meeting.

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NIGERIA Submission to the 45th Session of the Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review Working Group

NIGERIA Submission to the 45th Session of the Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review Working Group

1. This joint submission addresses the state of freedom of religion or belief and freedom of opinion and expression in Nigeria. In particular, it presents an overview of the country’s domestic legal framework and draws attention to specific concerns related to the criminalization of blasphemy. Additionally, the report examines the rise in acts of terrorism and mob violence against Christians and religious minorities, including Muslim minorities, and the related climate of impunity over the reporting period.

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The ongoing persecution of Falun Gong in China, notably the case of Mr Ding Yuande

The ongoing persecution of Falun Gong in China, notably the case of Mr Ding Yuande

whereas since 1999, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has engaged in systematic persecution to eradicate the Falun Gong religious movement; whereas freedom of religious belief is deteriorating across the People’s Republic of China (PRC); whereas technology-based censorship and surveillance are central to this repression; whereas Article 36 of the PRC’s Constitution stipulates that its citizens must enjoy freedom of religious belief;

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HRC 53 Exposición escrita, Abusos de derechos humanos contra miembros de la Escuela de Yoga de Buenos Aires

La Escuela de Yoga de Buenos Aires (BAYS) fue creada en 1983 por el Dr. Percowicz para enseñar Raja Yoga, filosofía occidental y oriental, y sus aplicaciones prácticas para mejorar el bienestar personal y la vida cotidiana (la información sobre BAYS y su caso se recoge en el único estudio académico sobre el grupo publicado en una revista revisada por expertos: Massimo Introvigne, “La gran caza de brujas contra las sectas en Argentina y la Escuela de Yoga de Buenos Aires.”

HRC 53 Written statement, Human Rights Abuses Against Members of the Buenos Aires Yoga School

The Buenos Aires Yoga School (BAYS) was established in 1983 by Dr. Juan Percowicz to teach Raja Yoga, Western and Eastern philosophy, and their practical applications to improve personal well-being and daily life (information on BAYS and its case are taken by the only scholarly study of the group published in a peer-reviewed journal: Massimo Introvigne, “The Great Cult Scare in Argentina and the Buenos Aires Yoga School,” The Journal of CESNUR, 7.3, 2023, 3–32; parts of this study are reproduced here with permission).

HRC 53 ITEM 3 ID with SR on migrants 26 June 2026 Over 100 Ahmadi religion members under threat of deportation by Turkey

CAP LC and Human Rights Without Frontiers would like to raise to the Council’s attention the urgent crisis of 104 members of the religion in Turkey, who are at risk of facing death sentences and imprisonment because Turkish authorities have decided to deport them back to their home countries, where they are facing extreme forms of religious persecution.

HRC 53 ITEM 3 ID with Special Adviser on prevention of genocide ITEM 3 Presentation of reports 4 July 2023

The genocide of Amhara commenced from as early as 1990 when the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) took power in Ethiopia with the ongoing and systematic massacre of ethnic Amhara and Agew people in Arsi, Harerghe; Benishangul-Gumuz, Metekel Zone, Southern region and in the forcefully annexed areas as west Tigray; Welkait-Tegede, Setit Humera and Raya.

UPR Summary of stakeholders’ submissions on France Report of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights

In particular, the authors of joint submission 4 noted the use of these laws to close a number of places of worship and recommended that France ensure respect for freedom of religion, freedom to practise religious rites and freedom of association.[i] The Coordination des associations et particuliers pour la liberté de conscience recommended ensuring that article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights is respected by French institutions.[ii] JS10 recommended to put an end to religious discrimination and stigmatization of Jehovah’s Witnesses.[iii]

The need to strengthen international efforts to protect migrant children in the UK

According to UNICEF analysis based on the Internal Displacement Monitoring Center (IDMC) “Global Internal Displacement Database 2022” (GIDD), the number of refugee children worldwide has increased dramatically, reaching nearly 36.5 million children by the end of 2021. The report highlights the growing The number of refugee children between 2005 and 2021, and the global number of refugee children has doubled under the mandate of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) from four million in 2010 to more than 10 million in 2021, a rate of 132%. While the total number of non-refugee migrant children increased by 10 percent during the same period, the report highlights the dark reality that the world faces in terms of child refugee issues, as children constitute less than a third of the world’s population, while they represent more than 40 percent of the total refugees in the world in The year 2021. This represents 1 out of every 3 children living outside their countries of origin who are refugee children, which is a dangerous reality that reflects an unhappy childhood lived by nearly half of the refugees in the world, who live in extremely difficult conditions and are exposed to the worst types of violations and crimes that prevent them from enjoying their childhood and deprive them To exercise their rights and freedoms guaranteed to them by international legislation.

44th UPR Session Germany 06th – 17thNovember 2023 Religious asylum seekers in Germany

he traffic light coalition in Germany has taken many  measures and passed laws to better manage  migration. However, the number  of deportations has also increased.  Even  to those countries where  blasphemy  laws are  practiced in  the  strongest terms.  Deportations of Ahmadi  Muslims  to  Pakistan  have increased  sharply  in the  past.

44th WG UPR Session BANGLADESH – 2023 Persecution of Ahmadis in Bangladesh

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community has suffered long-standing persecution in Pakistan, where the very identity of an Ahmadi Muslim, existential by definition, has been denied. The community is persecuted and discriminated by law and by religious ideology. The fundamental right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion or belief as well as other human rights of the Ahmadiyya Muslim community have been seriously violated.

52nd Human Rights Council : Abuse of Tax Law to Persecute Spiritual Minorities and Declaration of an International Day Against Judicial and Tax Persecution by State Power

The European Court of Human Rights has denounced in the past similar abuses against the Jehovah’s Witnesses and other groups in France. Coordination des Associations et des Particuliers pour la Liberté de Conscience (CAP-LC) has mentioned in several previous written statements with this Human Rights Council the case of Tai Ji Men in Taiwan, a spiritual movement that has been declared innocent of all criminal accusations raised against it, including tax evasion, yet has continued to be harassed through ill-founded tax bills (more information on its case may be obtained through the website TaiJiMenCase.org).

52nd Human Rights Council : Arbitrary arrest and detention journalists and activists reporting on the persecution of Amharas

CAP Liberté de conscience and Human Rights Without Frontiers are particularly concerned about the dramatic shrinking of the freedom of journalists and media outlets in Ethiopia. The federal law enforcement forces and the judiciary and have largely abused their mandate throughout last year.

52nd Human Rights Cuncil regular session : Written Statement : Khojaly: Recognize to Reconcile

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.

HUMAN RIGHTS IN THE UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – Leadership challenges and future foresight

This symposium is organised by the Arab European forum for Dialogue and Human Rights as a side event in light of the 52nd session of the Human Rights Council.

Human Rights Council 52nd Regular Session : side-event Human Rights In Pakistan Balochistan in Focus

On the occasion of the ongoing 52nd Session of the UN Human Rights Council, human rights activists called upon the UN to investigate human rights violations perpetrated by Pakistani security forces in Balochistan. In a side-event titled “Human Rights in Pakistan: Balochistan in Focus” hosted by Thierry Valle, President of Coordination des Association et des Particuliers pour la Liberté de Conscience, in room number XXII, speakers highlighted various aspects of atrocities faced by the Baloch people in Pakistan.

52 session United Nations Human Rights Council : Oral statement about the migration crisis in Sudan

Considering the history of the cooperation between Sudan, UN agencies and international organizations on humanitarian issues, the Vice-President of the Sovereign Council in Sudan, Mohamed Hamdan Daglo, recently urged the UN and its agencies as well as the EU and its member states to provide Sudan with the needed financial, logistical and technical resources. We support and reiterate this urge to the Council.

52nd regular session of the Human Rights Council Item 4: Interactive dialogue with the International Commission of Human Rights Experts on the situation of human rights in Ethiopia

According to eyewitnesses the attacks were mainly carried out by government forces and the victims were mostly women, children and the elderly. The attacks took place for a month, since November 13, 22 until December 3, 22.

In total, two hundred eighty Amhara civilians were confirmed dead on December 3, 22. Nearly twenty thousand people managed to escape.

There are currently close to one million Amharas specifically displaced to escape ethnic based massacres from Benishangul-Gumuz, Wellega and North Shewa.

Human Rights Council 52nd regular session of the Human Rights Council 27 February 2023 – 18 April 2023 General DebateItem 3

Alexander Dvorkin is not just an ideologist for Russian extremist politicians. He is still vice-president of the FECRIS anti-sect organisation, which is funded by the French government. We recommend to put him and FECRIS on the list of sanctions.

SPECIFIC TO THE HUMAN RIGHTS SITUATION IN THE UNITED ARAB EMIRATES OCTOBER 2022 PERIODIC REVIEW MECHANISM FOR THE FORTY-THIRD SESSION

The organizations concerned operate for the protection and respect of Human Rights in the Arab world and in the countries of the world. They are active in the protection and promotion of Human Rights as well as affirming international efforts for Human Development. Moreover, they strive to promote dialogue and peace in the world as well as to guarantee the enjoyment of the fundamental rights and freedoms of everyone.

United Nations Challenges of achieving peace and development in Middle East and North Africa : Yemen: A failure of the United Nations?

By 2023, 21.6 million people will require some form of humanitarian assistance, while 80 per cent of the country’s population struggles to access food, clean water and adequate health services. Multiple emergencies have hit the country: violent conflict, economic blockade, currency collapse, natural disasters and the COVID-19 pandemic

52nd regular session Human Rights Council : side event Human Rights in Pakistan CAP LC

The promotion of peace, security and respect for fundamental rights and freedoms are some of the values and objectives of the European Union.

HRC52 Parallel Event | Recognising the Diversity of Yemen – Safeguarding the rights of every Yemeni to determine their religion or belief

As Yemen is defining its future, it is important that human rights, especially, the right to freedom of thought, conscience, religion and belief is front and centre and presented by those committed to those aims, not least individuals from discriminated religious beliefs.

Human Rights Council 52nd regular session of the Human Rights Council 27 February 2023 – 18 April 2023 Item 3: Interactive dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief – Interactive Dialogue

CAP Liberté de Conscience and Human Rights Without Frontiers are deeply concerned by France’s failure to respect freedom of religion and belief for all religions, beliefs and spiritual minorities.

Indeed, France continues its hunt against minorities using its Interministerial Mission against sectarian drift, Miviludes as an instrument of discrimination.

Today, a conference on so-called sectarian drifts and conspiracy theories is being held in Paris. It is organized by Miviludes and by the Secretary of State in charge of Citizenship, Sonia Backès.

New legislative measures targeting minorities are to be discussed.

Human Rights Council Working Group on the Universal Periodic Review Forty-second session 23 January–3 February 2023 Summary of stakeholders’ submissions on Pakistan

recommended to repeal all anti-blasphemy laws, and ensure that the State’s domestic laws, policies and practices comply with the international human rights covenants, in particular articles 2, 18, 19 and 26 of the ICCPR. It also addressed the multiple and intersecting forms of violence and discrimination suffered by the Ahmadi community, including those faced by Ahmadi women, children and refugees.

HRC52 Side Event Invitation: “Hard to Believe”: Trends in Restrictions on Religious Conversion – 8 March 2023

The Permanent Mission of Hungary, the Permanent Mission of Poland and ADF International are co-hosting a side event on the margins of the 52nd Regular Session of the Human Rights Council, titled “Hard to Believe: Trends in Restrictions on Religious Conversion”.

13 Human Right Organizations successfully launched the UAE’s Shadow Report 2023: “A Way” for Universal Periodic Review 43rd Session

Guest speaker Christine Mirre (CAP Liberté de Conscience) from Paris, France, started the Shadow Report session by voicing her endorsement of its enduring ties to the UAE and human rights. She also told that where the world and the NGOs of the United Nations are going. She also pointed to the rights of women as a concerned representative of NGO. 

High-level event : Seminar inaugurating the shadow report of the Universal Periodic Review mechanism Human Rights in the United Arab Emirates

High-level event : Seminar inaugurating the shadow report of the Universal Periodic Review mechanism
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OSCE 2022 Plenary Session II: Fundamental freedoms I FECRIS

Mr. Dvorkin is a Russian activist with strong links to the Russian Orthodox Church and a close to Patriarch Kirill who for decades has been inundating the Russian, Chinese and Western media with hate speech against spiritual minorities and anti-Ukrainian propaganda. He was the vice-president of FECRIS for years and today he remains a member of its board of directors.

EU Parliament adopts resolution calling for review of Pakistan’s GSP+ status over blasphemy law abuse

On April 30th, the European Parliament has adopted a resolution calling for a review of the GSP+ status granted to Pakistan in view of an “alarming” increase in the use of blasphemy accusations in the country as well as rising number of online and offline attacks on journalists and civil society organisations, it emerged on Friday.

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Turkish court rules in favor of 101 Ahmadi religion detainees

Turkish court rules in favor of 101 Ahmadi religion detainees

In a side-event of the 54th session of the Human Rights Council in Germany, director of CAP Freedom of Conscience, Thierry Valle, has delivered an oral statement emphasizing the urgent need to grant asylum/humanitarian visas to the 101 members through EU consulates in Turkey as the only way available means to safeguard their right to freedom of religion and their right to life and freedom from inhumane or degrading treatment. 

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Side-event of the 54th session of the Human Rights Council UN Human Rights In Germany

Side-event of the 54th session of the Human Rights Council UN Human Rights In Germany

Since May of this year, over 100 Ahmadis from various countries where they were heavily persecuted, have been detained by the Turkish authorities in Edirne Immigration Detention Center. They want to apply for asylum in an EU country.

Those people from the Ahmadi Religion of Peace and Light do not want to stay in Turkey, another Muslim majority country, where people also consider them infidels and treat them as such.

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Addressing Anti-Religious Hate Crime in the OSCE Area

Addressing Anti-Religious Hate Crime in the OSCE Area

Anti-religious intolerance and hate crimes continues to be a concern across the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) region. Such manifestations of intolerance threaten both the security of individuals and societal cohesion, as discrimination and intolerant discourse often escalate into violence and wider scale conflict. At the same time, a comprehensive security regime is also needed to fully respect, protect and fulfil freedom of religion or belief, which is specifically acknowledged as one of the fundamental principles guiding mutual relations among OSCE participating States and an integral aspect of the OSCE’s concept of security. Furthermore, participating States of the OSCE have agreed on a broad range of commitments to address racism, xenophobia, anti-Semitism, discrimination and intolerance, including intolerance against Christians, Muslims, Jews and members of other religions. This side event will present the current situation in the OSCE area with regards to anti-religious hate crime, including reporting and addressing it. It will also highlight ODIHR’s recent and forthcoming tools, such as community security guides and factsheets. The discussion will also address gender-related aspects of anti-religious hate crime. The side event will be organized by the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) with the support of the FoRB Roundtable Brussels-EU

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Strengthening Freedom of Thought Conscience Religion and Belief in Yemen

Strengthening Freedom of Thought Conscience Religion and Belief in Yemen

Violence in Yemen in 2023 has seen an uptick , including an increase in targeted attacks  and violent speech towards religious minorities. On 25th May 2023, Houthi militia stormed a peaceful meeting of Bahais in Sana’a and arrested 17, including five women, and continue to detain 11 of them incommunicado. In 2 June 2023, the UN High  Commissioner on Human Rights reported how the Mufti Shamseddin Sharafeddin, appointed by leaders of the Houthi militant movement, accused the detained Bahais of being apostates and saying “they should be killed,” if they did not repent Similar hate speech and incitement has been recorded in Yemen towards Christian converts and others since the start of the conflict and was raised during the virtual 53rd Human Rights Council parallel event co-sponsored by the Slovak Republic Bureau of the Special Envoy for Freedom of Religion or Belief.

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Axiom Justice Has No Time Limit Government transitional justice should not set its own limits

Axiom Justice Has No Time Limit Government transitional justice should not set its own limits

Whether or not transitional justice is implemented is the basic condition for examining the establishment of a human rights nation. As Christine Mire, vice president of the French CAP-LC (Coordination for Freedom of Conscience of Individuals and Organizations), emphasized, Taiwan is one of the few countries that can turn the relics of past government abuses into museums, and despite Taiwan’s commitment to democracy, the failure to solve the Taijimen case has tarnished Taiwan’s reputation as a democracy. The government should face up to the fact that Taiwan’s international reputation should be preserved.

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Transformational justice stepping on thunder? European and American Human Rights Experts Warn: Be Careful of Ruining the Democracy of Taiwan

Transformational justice stepping on thunder? European and American Human Rights Experts Warn: Be Careful of Ruining the Democracy of Taiwan

Christine Mirre, vice-chairman of CAP-LC, the French Coordination for Individuals and Organizations Freedom of Conscience, said that what she felt during this visit was that the police and soldiers who originally rescued Taiwanese from Japanese occupation turned out to be protectors. oppressor. Taiwan must really turn the page, otherwise it will be a wound that has not yet healed. This is indeed unknown to Western countries. She believes that this is indeed a big wound for Taiwan.

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The Coordination of the Associations and the People for Freedom of
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