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