OSCE: Reply to the FECRIS Statement

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OSCE-Human Dimension Implementation Meeting in Warsaw, 26th of September 2013

Reply to the FECRIS Statement

By Peter Zoehrer, SG of FOREF Europe

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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!

This is supposed to be a conference on Freedom of Religion and Belief – not a Conference of hate speech against religious minority groups. FECRIS was founded in 1994 in Paris and is at present uniting 25 Anti-Cult Organizations around Europe. FECRIS calls itself an NGO, yet over 92 % of its budget is financed by the French government. To get detailed background information on this controversial organization I recommend to every human rights- and religious freedom advocate to study this book published by a German academic publishing house: “A Case Study on FECRIS”.

This organization has openly declared its goal to export the highly controversial and discriminating French Anti-Cult law to the member States of the European Union.
Just some hours ago during a side event I was shocked to learn that FECRIS-affiliated groups in Romania and Italy were also linked to the horrifying police raids on the Yoga group Misa in Romania as well as the brutal interventions of the Anti-Sect squads (“Sect-Busters”) in Italy. The shameless impunity by the French government in the face of these Europe-wide activities of FECRIS is totally incomprehensible.

Therefore we recommend the OSCE to launch a special investigation on this organization’s
structure, financing and its activities.

Thank you for your attention!
Peter Zoehrer
SG of FOREF Europe

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