Menschenrechte – Hört auf zu schweigen
Autoritäre Staaten schmieden ein Bündnis gegen die Menschenrechte
– und den Demokraten fehlt der Mut zur Kritik
EIN GASTBEITRAG VON AARON RHODES in der ZEIT ONLINE
10. November 2013
Westliche Staaten treten nur noch selten für Menschen- und Bürgerrechte ein, denn sie fürchten wirtschaftliche und politische Konsequenzen. Sie scheuen nicht nur die Konfrontation mit Großmächten wie zum Beispiel China, die tatsächlich handfeste ökonomische Nachteile hätte, sondern sie fassen auch Länder wie Turkmenistan nur sanft an – in der Hoffnung, auf turkmenisches Gas zugreifen zu können.
Protecting the Rights of Parents & Children
belonging to Religious Minorities
Recently various interest-groups have increasingly pushed to curtail the parents’ rights to raise their children according to their own conscience and religious traditions. This constitutes a clear violation of the parents’ autonomy and free choice in matters of education. In response to this threat a motion for a resolution was released at the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe on the 10th of October. It was drafted by Valeriu Ghiletchi, member of the Assembly and the Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights. The motion has been signed by 21 other members.
Excerpts from the “Motion for a Resolution (Doc. 13333)” on the protection of the rights of parents and children belonging to religious minorities (emphasis added):
Seminar “Freedom of opinion, religion and belief — Persecution of, and discrimination against, minority-groups” (Organized by: EIFRF et al.)
Recent Speeches on Religious Freedom in Europe
Brussels, 16th of October 2013
Press release: A cause for concern in Europe — by EIFRF. On 16 October 2013, European Interreligious Forum for Religious Freedom (EIFRF ) organized an event in partnership with United Sikh International, Federation Pro Europa Christiana, European Muslim Initiative for Social Cohesion (EMISCO ), Coordination des Associations et des Citoyens pour la Liberté de Conscience (CAPLC Europe ), Forum for Religious Freedom (FOREF ) and Soteria International.
The room was packed. The main reason for the meeting was to provide information on repressive policies used against religious minorities in Europe as well as the danger of letting these practices contaminate the rest of Europe. Speakers also addressed the need to raise awareness on human rights standards with regards to religious freedom and highlighted good practices that exist in Europe. (Read more…)
Seminar: Recent Speeches on Religious Freedom in Europe, Brussels, 16th of October 2013
Spain before religious minorities: learning from our mistakes — by Juan Ferreiro Galguera – full professor of Ecclesiastical Law at University of Coruna Former D/Director General for Promotion and Protection of Religious Freedom at the Spain Ministry of Justice.
In this speech I am going to talk about three things. First, I will refer to the constitutional Continue reading
OSCE-Human Dimension Implementation Meeting in Warsaw, 26th of September 2013
Reply to the FECRIS Statement
By Peter Zoehrer, SG of FOREF Europe
The following statement was given by Peter Zoehrer (FOREF Europe) as a reply to the statement of FECRIS vice-president Daniele Muller in the OSCE/ODIHR plenary.
Madame Moderator, distinguished ladies and Gentlemen,
This morning we heard the Statement of FECRIS which is the France based European Anti-Cult umbrella organization. For that moment some of my colleagues and I thought we are in the wrong Conference!
OSCE Meeting on freedom
of religion and belief
Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe
HUMAN DIMENSION IMPLEMENATION MEETING 2013
FREEDOM OF RELIGION OR BELIEF
September 2013, Warsaw, Poland
REPORT ON HUNGARIAN LAW ON CHURCHES AND
ITS IMPLICATIONS ON FREEDOM OF RELIGION
By Jura Nanuk, Forum Religious Freedom Europe (FOREF-Europe)
Coordinator for Central & Eastern Europe
Current Hungarian legislation seriously violates numerous standards and recommendations of European and UN human right bodies regarding freedom of religion.
Jura Nanuk making the statement on state sanctioned religious discrimination in Hungary
In summer 2011, Hungarian Parliament adopted the Law on Freedom of Conscience and Religion and the Legal Status of Churches, Denominations and Religious Communities (in further text: Law) which stripped hundreds of religious communities from their status of recognized churches. Only fourteen communities – 12 Christian and two Jewish – were granted the right to keep their status.
All other religious communities in Hungary were forced to undergo an absurd and highly arbitrary re-registration procedure which, amongst a whole range of barriers, included a final obstacle of being voted on by the Parliament, as to whether each group is a religious organization or not.
Human Rights 20 Years After Vienna
By Aaron Rhodes and Jacob Mchangama
Hamburg and Copenhagen – The World Conference on Human Rights took place just over 20 years ago, on 14-23 June 1993. The resulting “Vienna Declaration and Program of Action” has given form and content to the subsequent development of international human rights. In February, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay hailed the Declaration as “the most significant overarching human rights document produced in the last quarter century. It crystalized the underlying principles that human rights are universal, indivisible, interdependent and interrelated.”
Ms. Pillay made reference to the context of the Conference, and the fall of the Berlin Wall. She said that by equating social and economic rights with civil and political rights, “The Conference succeeded in breaching a second wall that had divided States over the previous decades.”