Eilappell an Bundeskanzlerin Angela Merkel
Fr. Zhao, Mitglied der Kirche des Allmächtigen Gottes, würde verhaftet werden und “verschwinden” wenn sie zurück nach China deportiert wird
Sehr geehrte Frau Bundeskanzlerin Merkel,
Wir sind NGOs, die sich auf dem Gebiet der Religionsfreiheit engagieren und schreiben Ihnen, wegen der prekären Lage der chinesischen Flüchtlingsfrau Zhao, die zur Zeit in der Aufsichts- und Dienstleistungsdirektion Landeseinrichtung für Asylbegehrende und Ausreisepflichtige in Ingelheim festgehalten wird, nachdem sie sich am 9. Juli gewaltsam ihrer Rückführung nach China widersetzt hat.
Wir bitten Sie dringend zu berücksichtigen, dass Frau Zhao, wenn sie nach China zurückgebracht wird, mit Sicherheit verhaftet wird und Gefahr läuft, gefoltert zu werden oder in der Haft zu verschwinden.
Frau Zhao ist Mitglied der Kirche des Allmächtigen Gottes (KAG), die auch als Eastern Lightning bekannt ist. Es handelt sich dabei um eine neue christlich-religiöse Bewegung in China, die 1991 gegründet wurde und deren Kernaussage darin besteht, dass Jesus als Inkarnation des Allmächtigen Gottes zur Erde zurückgekehrt ist, und zwar in Gestalt einer chinesischen Frau, welche die Kirche aktuell von den USA aus leitet und führt. Continue reading
Posted in CESNUR, China, Christians, EU Special Envoy on FoRB, Europe, FoRB Violations, FOREF Europe, Germany, HRWF, Peking, Persecution of Religious Groups, Religious Discrimination, Religious Freedom, Religious Intolerance, religious persecution, Torture
Denial of Religious Freedom in China Threatens Idea of Freedom Itself
As a human rights activist, I consider the denial of religious freedom, including the persecution of members of the Church of Almighty God, and the denial of other fundamental human rights in China as paramount problems in the world today. These problems have vast implications not only for individual freedom, but for the idea of freedom itself.
First, these problems affect so many millions of our brothers and sisters. China has a population of over 1.4 billion people. That’s more than the total population of North America, South America, Australia, New Zealand, and Western Europe combined.
The mind-boggling numbers translate into huge numbers of victims. According to Human Rights Without Frontiers, which keeps track of prisoners of conscience around the world, China has incarcerated the highest number of believers of all denominations in the world. Experts say the number of people being detained for their religious beliefs and observances is the highest since the Cultural Revolution.
This includes large numbers of Evangelical Protestants and Pentecostal Protestants belonging to underground house churches. Well over half of China’s Protestants belong to such independent house churches. The pressure on these organizations has intensified dramatically. They are being pushed hard to register and knuckle under to government authority, and those that do not are often labeled as “evil cults.” They are facing intensified scrutiny by security forces and seizure of their property, as well as physical attacks and arrests of pastors.
Posted in Aaron Rhodes, China, Christians, European Union, FoRB Violations, FOREF Europe, HRWF, Limitations of Religious Freedom, Peking, Religious Discrimination, Religious Freedom, Religious Intolerance, religious persecution
Tagged Aaron Rhodes, Christians, freedom of religion, Humanrights, Religious discrimination
AUSTRIA: Government shuts seven mosques, prepares to expel 40 Turkey-funded imams
Vienna/Austria, 11.06.2018 (HRWF/FOREF Europe) – On Friday, June 8, the government of Austria ordered the closing of seven mosques and the termination of the residence permits of 40 Turkish imams. “Parallel societies, political Islam or radical tendencies have no place in our country,” Chancellor Sebastian Kurz of the conservative people’s party (ÖVP) explained at a news conference announcing the move last Friday. Human Rights Without Frontiers and the Forum for Religious Freedom – Europe, both of which have been sharply critical of political Islam as a totalitarian political movement, said that subjecting Islamic communities to special regulations contradicts human rights and Rule of Law principles, and is an obstacle to the development of moderate and peaceful Islamic communities in Europe that uphold a separation of church and state.
The measure coincides with the run-up to the Turkish presidential election on June 24. Turks living in Austria and in other countries already have begun casting absentee ballots. Last May, 10.000 expat Turks travelled to Sarajevo to attend an election campaign event in Bosnia-Herzegovina’s capital Sarajevo in support of the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, as Germany, Austria and the Netherlands had prohibited election campaigns of Turkish politicians in their countries. The event was hosted by the Union of European Turkish Democrats (UETD), an organization that is considered the foreign branch of Erdoğan’s party AKP. Around half of the supporters came from Germany and about 2.000 from Austria. In his Sarajevo talk, the Turkish president criticized the European countries that banned his campaigns as anti-democratic and asked his supporters to “demonstrate the strength of European Turks to the whole world”, the Austrian newspaper Die Presse reported.
Against this backdrop, the Austrian government’s plan to expel imams supported by Turkey and to crack down on mosques run by controversial organizations is widely understood as a reaction against the promotion of political Islam in Austria. Government officials, however, have denied any connection of their measure to the upcoming Turkish presidential election. The decision has been justified by claiming that two provisions of the amended “Islam Law” (Islamgesetz) of 2015 have been breached:
Anlässlich Putin Besuch – Appell an Politiker: “Österreich kann nicht einfach zur Tagesordnung übergehen”
POLIZEI UNTERBRICHT GOTTESDIENST DER ZEUGEN JEHOVAS IN ST: PETERSBURG
(Wien, 4. Juni 2018) Wenn der russische Präsident Vladimir Putin sich am Dienstag mit Bundespräsident Alexander Van der Bellen und Bundeskanzler Sebastian Kurz trifft, werden sie auch ihre Besorgnis über die Talfahrt der Menschenrechte in Russland ansprechen und Österreichs Einfluss für eine Besserung der Lage geltend machen?
Zwei internationale Menschenrechtsorganisationen mit Schwerpunkt Religionsfreiheit appellieren an Bundespräsident und Bundeskanzler diese Gelegenheit unbedingt für die gute Sache zu nützen. Das Forum für Religionsfreiheit -Europa(FOREF, Sitz in Wien) und Human Rights Without Frontiers(Sitz in Brüssel) verfolgen seit Jahren aufmerksam die Entwicklung der Menschenrechte und Religionsfreiheit in Russland.
Die Russische Föderation unter der Führung von Präsident Putin zeigt eine harte Hand, was Grundrechte und Freiheiten jeglicher Art anbelangt: Es gibt praktisch keine Meinungsfreiheit in den Medien – zugleich ist die Bevölkerung der vom Staat gelenkten Propaganda ausgesetzt; zahlreiche unabhängige Journalisten wurden ermordet. Auf der Rangliste der Pressefreieit (Reporter ohne Grenzen) befindet sich Russland auf Platz 148 zwischen Mexiko und Tadschikistan.
Posted in Austria, Council of Europe, FECRIS, FoRB Violations, FOREF Europe, HRWF, Human Rights, Islam, Jehovah's Witnesses, OSCE, Persecution of Religious Groups, Putin, Religious Discrimination, Religious Freedom, Religious Intolerance, religious persecution, Russia, Russian-Orthodox Church
Tagged Aaron Rhodes, Alexander Dvorkin, Council of Europe, FoRB, freedom of religion, HRWF, Human Rights, Persecution, Putin, Religious discrimination, Religious Freedom, Van der Bellen
Pakistan: Officials Take Part in a
New Assault on the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community
Baitul Mubarak Mosque in Sialkot – before & after the attack
(FOREF – Vienna, 26. May 2018) The Forum for Religious Freedom – Europe (FOREF) condemns in the strongest terms the 23 May 2018 attack on the Baitul Mubarak Mosque in Sialkot, Pakistan, which resulted in the near destruction of the facility. The mosque has historical and spiritual importance for the Ahmadiyya Community.
According to information received by FOREF and media reports, the violence began with the destruction the house of Hakim Hassamuddin by the members of the Municipal Committee of Sialkot, who were escorted by local police. A mob of around 600 persons, reportedly from the local Sunni Muslim community, joined in for the attack on the nearby mosque, chanting anti-Ahmadiyya slogans. The attack took place over a period of about seven hours. Officials claim repairs on the building were illegal.
The Ahmaddiyya Community characterized the incident as “vandalism of buildings by the governmental administration for the mere satisfaction of extremist forces without any judicial order.”
“The government of Pakistan must conduct an impartial investigation and bring the perpetrators of these crimes, including local officials, to justice, and ensure that reparations are made for the damages done to these holy places,” according to Dr. Aaron Rhodes, President of FOREF.
“Our organization and other independent human rights institutions are ready to work with Pakistani authorities to put in place laws and policies that are consistent with Pakistan’s international legal human rights obligations to protect all religious minorities,” he added.
For more information:
Dr. Aaron Rhodes – President: firstname.lastname@example.org
Peter Zoehrer – Director General: email@example.com
Links to news media accounts of the incident are below.
Posted in Ahmadiyya, blasphemy laws, Court Decisions, FoRB Violations, FOREF Europe, Islam, Limitations of Religious Freedom, mosque, Muslims, pakistan, Persecution of Religious Groups, Religious Discrimination, Religious Freedom, Religious Intolerance, religious persecution, UN, UN Special Rapporteur
The Russian Federation and Religious Freedom in the Spotlight- Side Session at the United Nations Geneva
A panel of human rights and freedom of religion experts, as well as the leader of Hinduism in Russia have been invited by a French NGO – CAP LC (coordiap.com) at the United Nations Office in Geneva during the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) session on Russia to address the alarming and shocking situation of religious minorities in the Russian Federation. Especially during the last 3 years not only minorities, but also large mainstream religions have been banned from public activities, such as the Hinduism Community – despite more than 20 years of perfect integration. But also Jehovah Witnesses, the Church of Jesus-Christ of Later Day Saints and many others.
Listen to the exposition of the hidden factor behind the “bad religion concept” and the dehumanizing activities of so called “anti-sect offices”, that are generously state funded. This is not only the case in Russia but also in most of Europe.
List of Speakers:
- Mr. Thierry Valle – President CAP LC
- Mr. Peter Zoehrer – Director General of FOREF – Forum for Religious Freedom in Europe
- Ms. Patricia Duval – Human Rights Attorney
- Ms Olga Sibireva – Religion expert SOVA Center – Center for Information and Analysis
- Shri Prakash Ji – Leader of Induism in Russia, President of the Centre for Conservation of the Indian Culture
- M. Prasun Prakash – Director of Public Affairs – the Centre for Conservation of the Indian Culture
Link with pictures (Copyright CAP LC):
Co-organized: by CAP Liberté de conscience, SOVA, FOREF, Shri Prakash Dham
For more information: firstname.lastname@example.org
Images and sound: Michel Reymond, @GenevaUPTV
Posted in Alexander Dvorkin, Anti-Cult Movement, Christians, EU Special Envoy on FoRB, European Intergroup on FoRB & RT, FECRIS, FoRB Violations, FOREF Europe, German Müller, GSK, Hate Speech, Jehovah's Witnesses, Miviludes, OSCE, Putin, Religious Discrimination, Religious Freedom, Religious Intolerance, religious persecution, Russia, Sects, Tom Sackville, UN, UNHRC, United Nations
Tagged Alexander Dvorkin, Anti-Cult Movement, FECRIS, FoRB, FRANCE, freedom of religion, Human Rights, MIVILUDES, OSCE, Persecution, Religion, Religious discrimination, Religious Freedom, Russia, Sects, United Nations, UPR