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    Italy Establishes Observatory on Religious Freedom PDF Print E-mail
    Friday, 06 July 2012 11:13

     

    Archbishop William Lori (l) & Massimo Introvigne (Photo Fabio Bernabei)Following the lead of the United States, Canada and other countries, Italy too has set up an Observatory on Religious Freedom to monitor and combat violations of religious freedom around the world, beginning with the areas at risk where religious minorities are being persecuted. The Observatory was established by the Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs and the City of Rome and is run by a Coordinator, the sociologist Massimo Introvigne and four members: two diplomats expert on Human Rights, Diego Brasioli and Roberto Vellano, and two representative from NGOs: Attilio Tamburrini and Roberto Fontolan.

    The initiative was presented on 28 June in Rome at the Foreign Press Association with a speech by Archbishop of Baltimore William Lori entitled “Religious Liberty: God’s Gift to all Nations is our Responsibility to Defend.”

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    President of French anti-religious organization MIVILUDES convicted by Criminal Court of Paris PDF Print E-mail
    Thursday, 28 June 2012 14:50

    Georges Fenech

    Georges Fenech, the president of French anti-religious organization MIVILUDES (an acronym for Mission interministérielle de vigilance et de lutte contre les dérives sectaires – Interministerial Mission for Monitoring and Combatting Cultic Deviances), was convicted for public defamation by the Paris criminal court on June 1, 2012 .


    The defamation case started because of a defamatory accusations against lay Catholics association called French Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family and Property (TFP) whiuch were published in the 2009 annual report of MIVILUDES.

    The 17th Chamber of the Criminal Court of Paris, specializing in cases concerning the press, stressed the lack of accuracy in the report as well as the lack of restraint in its expressions. The court also emphasized that a state agency such as MIVILUDES should not use vague approximations in its work.

    Both George Fenech and MIVILUDES have earned an international reputation for repressing religious minorities and violating the European Convention on Human Rights. By being convicted of public defamation, George Fenech has tarnished his name – and the reputation of MIVILUDES.

    Central-European Religious Freedom Institute congratulates the Paris Criminal Court for convicting Fenech – and in so doing, taking a step forward in advancing the rights of religious minorities in France.

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    Posted courtesy Forum for Religious Freedom Europe http://foref-europe.org/

    Source: CERF Institute http://cerf-institute.org/

     
    Human rights in North Korea: An International Coalition To Stop Crimes Against Humanity PDF Print E-mail

    Willy Fautré, the director of Human Rights Without Frontiers International is author of the study, “Human rights in North Korea: An International Coalition To Stop Crimes Against Humanity.” In it he describes the work he has done with North Korean refugees. North Korea ranks on every survey as one of the world's most egregious violators of human rights and religious freedom. Please see the ICRF Country Report on the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

    This paper (entire text follows) was presented at a conference entitled "Commemorating Human Rights Day 2011" at the Houses of Parliament in London on December 9, 2011.

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    The Problem with European 'Human Rights' PDF Print E-mail

    "Judges at the court in Strasbourg have assumed an activist role for too long" (AP)By Jacob Mchangama and Aaron Rhodes

    Last week ministers from the Council of Europe met in Brighton to consider British proposals on reforming the European Court of Human rights. The meeting concluded with agreements for timid tweaks to the tribunal, but didn't touch the serious problems it faces. This is not surprising, given that the court's judges and leading human-rights organizations are all resistant to meaningful change. But it is disappointing, because the same problems that hobble the European court in Strasbourg are endemic throughout the rest of the international human-rights machinery.

    The U.K. failed to achieve fundamental reform in part because it did such a poor job of articulating the urgency of the task. Conservative leaders and pundits chafe under the court's rulings that they consider intrusive, for instance its judgments constraining how Britain may deal with terrorists. The British proposals focused on making the court more deferential to the rulings of national courts, and thus fed the impression (however unfair) that they were driven solely by concerns over sovereignty rather than principle. Proponents of the court counter that shortening its reach or weakening its independence would harm its ability to address serious human-rights violations in Russia and other non- or partly free members of the Council of Europe.

    The president of the court, British Judge Sir Nicholas Bratza, said reform was unnecessary and has criticized the U.K.'s modest proposals as an attempt to "dictate" the tribunal's case law. As evidence that some reform is clearly necessary, Westminster points to a backlog of more than 150,000 dockets. But according to Mr. Bratza, the solution is more financial resources, not changing the way the court operates. Major nongovernmental human-rights organizations have piled on against the reform proposals, arguing that the case overload only confirms the need for the court's work.

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    Cyclist To Pedal Across America To Raise Awareness of Japan’s Deprogramming Scandal PDF Print E-mail



    Atlanta resident Seijin Tranberg: "dream big."



    Seijin Tranberg, a second-generation Unificationist, will pedal for social justice this winter in what he calls a “Tour De Cause” bicycle challenge aimed at bringing attention to the issue of faith-breaking in Japan. The tour will begin from his hometown in Atlanta, Georgia on December 15, 2011 and will end in Los Angeles in January 2012.

    A 22-year-old college junior in political science and international relations, Tranberg is the student body president at Georgia Gwinnett College. “The student body is about 8,000 students, and I help out with funding for all the student organizations on campus,” he said. “I like to consistently challenge myself to become a better person as a way to inspire others to do the same. I love dreaming big, and doing everything in my power to make them a reality. When I grow up, I'd like to think that I'm going to help save the world.”

    Tranberg also keeps in touch with representatives of CARP (the Collegiate Association for the Research of Principles) around the United States. “Georgia Gwinnett doesn't have a CARP chapter on campus, but I try to live up to CARP’s ideals. My sister and I are the only Unificationists on campus, so we’re the only ones aware of the mission and vision of what CARP is. But we advocate for CARP’s ideals of internal and external excellence, creating a generation of peace, and using yourself and your time in college for the greater good. I feel that my bike trip is something that exemplifies the CARP vision.”

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