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Willy Fautré, former chargé de mission at the Cabinet of the Belgian Ministry of Education and at the Belgian Parliament. He is the director of Human Rights Without Frontiers (HRWF), an NGO based in Brussels that he founded in December 1988. His organization defends human rights in general with a special focus on ethnic and religious minorities, freedom of expression, women’s rights and LGBT people. HRWF is independent from any political movement and any religion. Fautré has carried out fact-finding missions on human rights in more than 25 countries, including in perilous regions such as in Iraq, in Sandinist Nicaragua or in Maoist held territories of Nepal. He is a lecturer in universities in the field of human rights. He has published many articles in university journals about relations between state and religions. He is a member of the Press Club in Brussels. He is a human rights advocate at the UN, the European Parliament and the OSCE.
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Centre of spiritual retreat for yoga practitioners in Buthiers

Spectacular simultaneous SWAT raids on Romanian yoga centers (II): Fact-checking of...

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Disproportionate use of police forces in search of… inexistent victims of MISA On 28 November 2023, just after 6 a.m., a SWAT team of around...
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Fleeing from Jordan to Greece because of their change of religion

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It has been almost one year since Basir Al Sqour, a 47-year-old former military officer in the Jordanian army with the rank of "major,"...
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INDIA – Bomb attempt against Jehovah’s Witnesses’ gathering, three dead...

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A former Jehovah’s Witness claims responsibility. After Germany (March 2023) and Italy (April 2023), Jehovah’s Witnesses are now killed in a bomb attack in...
After his release from the penal colony, Seidkuliev was kept in a deportation center and expelled from the country (Credit: Jehovah’s Witnesses Russia)

RUSSIA, A Jehovah’s Witness deprived of his citizenship and deported to...

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On September 17, 2023, employees of the Federal Migration Service, contrary to a court decision, deported Rustam Seidkuliev to Turkmenistan. Earlier, at the initiative...
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Argentina: PROTEX’s Dangerous Ideology. How to Fabricate “Victims of Prostitution”

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PROTEX, an Argentinian agency fighting human trafficking, has faced criticism for fabricating imaginary prostitutes and causing real harm. Learn more here.
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Over 2000 homes of Jehovah’s Witnesses searched in 6 years in...

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Discover the shocking reality faced by Jehovah's Witnesses in Russia. Over 2,000 homes searched, 400 jailed, and 730 believers charged. Read more.
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Five Russian Jehovah’s Witnesses sentenced to 30 years in prison in...

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Discover the ongoing persecution of Jehovah's Witnesses in Russia, where believers face imprisonment for practicing their faith in private.
Odesa Transfiguration Cathedral, international uproar about Putin’s missile strike (II)

Odesa Transfiguration Cathedral, international uproar about Putin’s missile strike (II)

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Bitter Winter (09.01.2023) - 23 July 2023 was a Black Sunday for the city of Odesa and for Ukraine. When Ukrainians and the rest of...
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The Orthodox Cathedral of Odesa destroyed by Putin’s missile strike: calls for funding its restoration (I)

Bitter Winter (31.08.2023) - On the night of 23 July 2023, the Russian Federation launched a massive missile attack on the center of Odesa which...
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2 minutes for believers of all faiths in prison in Russia

At the end of July, the Court of Cassation upheld the 2 years and 6 months in prison sentence against Aleksandr Nikolaev. The court had found him...

Hate speech and intolerance: the case of a philosophical yoga school (II)

Discover the alarming collaboration between PROTEX and Pablo Salum in Argentina's anti-cult movement, as they target religious communities. Read more.

Hate speech and intolerance: the case of a philosophical yoga school (I)

On 12 August 2022, in the evening, about sixty people in their sixties were attending a quiet philosophy class in a coffee shop located...

Russia, Cassation confirms a two years and six months sentence of a Jehovah’s Witness

On 27 July 2023, Aleksandr Nikolaev's prison sentence for participating in extremist activities was upheld in Russia. Learn more about his case here.

IRAQ, Cardinal Sako flees from Baghdad to Kurdistan

On Friday 21 July, Patriarch Sako of the Chaldean Catholic Church arrived in Erbil after the recent revocation of a crucial decree guaranteeing his...

Should taxpayers’ money in Belgium go to suspicious anti-cults outfits?

HRWF (12.07.2023) – On June 26, the Federal Observatory on Cults (CIAOSN / IACSSO), officially known as the “Center for Information and Advice on...

Belgium, Is CIAOSN ‘Cults Observatory’ at odds with principles of the European Court of Human Rights?

Learn about the controversy surrounding the concept of "cults" and the legality of identifying them. Discover the conflicting views between the Belgian Cult Observatory and the European Court of Human Rights regarding "harmful cultic organizations".

Russia, A Jehovah’s Witness to serve two years of forced labor

Read about the case of Dmitriy Dolzhikov, a Jehovah's Witness in Russia who was found guilty of extremism and sentenced to forced labor.

Argentina and its Yoga School: Happy 85th birthday, Mr Percowicz

Today, on 29 June, Juan Percowicz, the founder of the Yoga School of Buenos Aires (BAYS), is 85 years old. Last year, six weeks after his birthday, he...
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