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Religious Freedom and Equality in the European Union: Unclear Paths Ahead

Madrid. Santiago Cañamares Arribas, Professor of Ecclesiastical Law at the Complutense University of Madrid, delivered a thought-provoking analysis of religious freedom and equality in the European Union at the recent travelling seminar organized by...

International Institute for Religious Freedom launches the Violent Incidents Database

The International Institute for Religious Freedom (IIRF) recently launched the Violent Incidents Database (VID), an initiative aimed at collecting, recording, and analyzing incidents related to violations of religious freedom across the globe. The VID...

European Parliamentarians Expose China’s Brutal Religious Persecution

While the Chinese Communist Party subjects European citizens and leaders to a hypocritical image-management campaign, European Parliamentarians are insisting on the truth about China’s barbaric persecution of a religious minority. By Marco Respinti* and Aaron Rhodes** Resolutions by...

Russia, TV Channel of an Orthodox Oligarch Under EU Sanctions

On 18 December 2023, the Council of the European Union imposed restrictive measures on Tsargrad TV Channel (Царьград ТВ) belonging to and financed by the so-called “Orthodox oligarch” Konstantin Malofeev, as part of the 12th...

Scientology Celebrated 10 Years Awarding Those Defending Religious Freedom

Church of Scientology’s Foundation for the Improvement of Life, Culture and Society in Spain held the 10th annual Religious Freedom Awards ceremony MADRID, SPAIN, January 5, 2024 /EINPresswire.com/ -- On December 15th, 2023, the Church...

In Russia, Jehovah’s Witnesses are the most persecuted religion, with 127 prisoners as of January 1, 2024

As of January 1, 2024, 127 Jehovah’s Witnesses were in prison in Russia for practising their faith in private homes, according to the last update of the database of religious prisoners of Human Rights...

A unanimous commitment to freedom of belief “Respect to be respected”

Freedom of belief - The Fundación para la Mejora de la Vida, la Cultura y la Sociedad (Foundation for the Improvement of Life, Culture and Society) gathered once again this year in Madrid to...

Historic Visit, European Sikh Organization Gains Support for Recognition within the European Union

In a groundbreaking event on December 6, history was made as a Sikh delegation, accompanied by members of the European Sikh Organization, was extended a warm welcome at the European Parliament. This significant development...

Rights of Religious Minorities in Europe, a Delicate Balance says MEP Maxette Pirbakas

MEP Maxette Pirbakas, at the European Parliemant, emphasizes the importance of religious tolerance and freedom in Europe, highlighting the need for dialogue and respect for minority rights.

Spaces of Respect, Bridge-Builder Promotes Religious Minorities Dialogue at European Parliament

Lahcen Hammouch emphasizes the importance of a respectful space for religious minorities to express their beliefs transparently within a democratic framework.

Jewish Leader Condemns Religious Hate Crimes, Calls for Respect of Minority Faiths in Europe

Rabbi Avi Tawil passionately addressed a meeting at the European Parliament, highlighting the history of anti-Semitic hate crimes against Jewish children in Europe. He called for unity among religions to create an inclusive European society. Tawil emphasized the importance of defending rights for spiritual minorities to realize Europe's unifying promise.

Religious Freedom Under Fire: Media Complicity in the Persecution of Minority Faiths

In a speech at the European Parliament, Willy Fautré accuses European media of fostering religious intolerance and calls for ethical journalism standards in covering minority faiths. Find out more about the impact of sensationalism and biased labeling on religious groups in Europe.

United Against Discrimination, Scientologist Calls Out Germany at European Parliament

Speaking passionately last week at the European Parliament, Ivan Arjona, Scientology's representative to European institutions, condemned worsening religious discrimination targeting his faith community specifically in Germany. He spoke at a conference bringing together Protestant,...

Freedom Of Religion, There Is Something Rotten in France’s Mind

In France, the Senate is working on a bill to "reinforce the fight against cultic deviances", but its content seems to pose serious problems for experts in freedom of religion or belief

Interfaith Harmony: Scientology attended the Hinduism Diwali at the European Parliament

The European representative of the Church of Scientology attended Diwali celebrations at the European Parliament, showcasing interfaith harmony.

INDIA – Bomb attempt against Jehovah’s Witnesses’ gathering, three dead and dozens injured

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 another democracy, India An explosive device blew up at a convention...

Tragic Bomb Blast at Jehovah’s Witnesses Meeting in India

In a deeply disturbing event that has shocked the global religious community, a bomb explosion occurred during a Jehovah's Witnesses gathering in Kalamassery, near the port city of Kochi, India. This tragic incident resulted...

Unyielding Persecution of Baha’i Women in Iran

Discover the increasing persecution faced by Bahá'í women in Iran, from arrests to violations of human rights. Learn about their resilience and unity in the face of adversity. #OurStoryIsOne

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

On September 17, 2023, employees of the Federal Migration Service, contrary to a court decision, deported Rustam Seidkuliev to Turkmenistan. Earlier, at the initiative of the FSB, his Russian citizenship was revoked due to...

Nazila Ghanea, Upholding Religious Freedom Must Be A Key Priority in Sweden

In a statement at the end of her 10-day visit to Sweden, UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief, Nazila Ghanea, called on the country to strengthen its engagement and dialogue with...

Baha’is Advocate at the OSCE for Interreligious Collaboration and Education

At the 2023 Warsaw Human Dimension Conference, the Baha'i International Community (BIC) emphasized the importance of freedom of conscience, religion, or belief, interreligious collaboration, and education in fostering a flourishing society. The conference, organized...

Media Accountability Triumph, Jehovah’s Witnesses in Spain achieve condemnation of “El Mundo”

On October 16, 2023, in a report by Massimo Introvigne for BitterWinter.org, an important legal case involving the Spanish Jehovah's Witnesses and the newspaper "El Mundo" is highlighted. The lawsuit centers on an article...

Germany: Bavaria and the return of religious cleansing in the EU

You may be surprised that a “democratic” country like Germany, with the past we know, would engage in a religious cleansing today. Who wouldn’t be? Nevertheless, as hard as it is to believe it,...

ODIHR will address, together with experts, Anti-Religious Hate Crimes in a side event

The OSCE's Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) will be organizing a side event called "Addressing Anti-Religious Hate Crime in the OSCE Area." This event is scheduled to take place on October...

Argentina: PROTEX’s Dangerous Ideology. How to Fabricate “Victims of Prostitution”

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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