Nuevas autoridades del CALIR (2012-2014)

En su Asamblea Ordinaria celebrada el pasado 18 de abril, el Consejo Argentino para la Libertad Religiosa (CALIR) eligió a las nuevas autoridades de la institución para el período 2012-2014, de acuerdo al detalle que abajo se consigna. El CALIR tiene su origen en el Consejo Asesor de la Secretaría de Culto, convocado por Norberto Padilla durante su gestión al frente de dicha cartera (1999/2001). Ya desde el ámbito privado, la asociación viene trabajando desde el año 2002 en la promoción de la libertad religiosa en todas sus dimensiones, procurando mejorar la legislación, educar para la convivencia y la paz, y contribuir desde la valoración positiva del hecho religioso al ejercicio de las responsabilidades sociales y al aprecio de la cultura nacional en su pluralidad, sin discriminaciones. La Comisión Directiva para el período 2012-2014 quedó conformada del modo que sigue: Presidente: Octavio Lo Prete; Vicepresidente 1º: Waldo L.Villalpando; Vicepresidente 2º: Mario Burman; Secretario: Ricardo Docampo; Tesorero: David A. Frol; Vocales: Susana E. El Kadri de HallarDarío M. Bruno; Luis D. Mendiola; Juan G. Navarro Floria; Norberto Padilla; Horacio R. Bermúdez y Raúl J. Scialabba; Revisores de Cuentas: Gustavo A. Grancharoff e Hilario H. Wynarczyk. Más información: Twitter: @InfoCalir. Buenos aires, abril de 2012.

Europe’s Banning of the Full-Face Veil – Ongoing News and Opinions

4 May 2012. Ghent seminar on empirical face veil research (May 9). (Saïla Ouald Chaib, Strasbourg Observers)

10 February 2012. Banning the burqa and the European identity crisis. (Mauits Berger, Jurist)

31 January 2012. EU: Dutch government implements ban on face-covering clothing. (eGov Monitor)

28 October 2011. Breaking the law by just stepping out. (Angelique Chrisafis -Guardian News & Media Ltd, Gulf News)

22 September 2011.  France court fines two women for wearing niqab, or full-face veil, in first action since ban took effect….

News and Opinions concerning Council of Europe States

4 April 2012. US press on with Russian NGO financing despite warning. (

4 April 2012. Clinton pledges continued pressure on Turkey to return churches. (

4 April 2012. Russia: Regional targeting of religious “sects.” (Felix Corley, Forum 18 News Service)

3 April 2012. Dialogue seminar with the EU Commission on Religious Freedom. (Hans-Martien ten Napel, Law, Religion & Politics)

3 April 2012. Broad religious representation at World Congress of Families VI in Madrid, May 25-27. (Don Feder, Christian Newswire)

3 April 2012. Cameron calls for a ‘Christian fightback’ at attempts to ban wearing crosses and town hall prayers. (James Chapman, Mail Online)

2 April 2012. The EU takes on extremism. Can it win? (Michael Goldfarb, GlobalPost)

2 April 2012. France: Sectarian deviations of Muslim groups: MIVILUDES & FECRIS keep silent. (Stéphanie Le Bars, Human Rights WIithout Frontiers)

2 April 2012. Cyprus Foreign Minister meets with UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief. (Famagusta Gazette)

1 April 2012. Jewish leader blasts Austria’s UN record on Israel. (Benjamin Weinthal, The Jerusalem Post

1 April 2012. J’accuse … France of institutionalized discrimination. (Mallika Kaur,

31 March 2012. Film banned for blasphemy to be released after two decades. (Jasper Copping, The Telegraph)

30 March 2012. Slide from secularism: Turkey’s education bill. (The Daily Activist)

30 March 2012. Turkish lawmakers adopt disputed education bill. (Suzan Fraser, Associated Press)

30 March 2012. Russia’s pursuit of “extremism” targets religious believers, civic dissenters, and artists. (Human Rights First)

30 March 2012. European Court accepts disabled Turkish-Armenian journalist’s lawsuit against Turkey. (

30 March 2012. Terror in Europe fuels immigration tensions. (Gregory Katz, Associated Press via Deseret News)

29 March 2012. Committee of Ministers adopts guidelines on selecting European Cout judges. (Antoine Buyse, ECHR Blog)

29 March 2012. The Toulouse massacre, why did it happen? (Mudar Zahran, Gatestone Institute)

29 March 2012. EP calls new charter draft ‘a unique opportunity,’ raps press freedom. (Selçuk Gültaşli, Today’s Zaman)

28 March 2012. Russia: “They [Jehovah’s Witnesses] broke the law and have to answer before the courts.” (Feliz Corley, Forum 18 news Service)

28 March 2012. Switzerland faulted for racism and xenophobia. (Richard Johnson, IDN-InDepthNews)

28 March 2012. UK mulls ways to legally remove ‘terrorists’ from their land. (Al Arabiya News)

27 March 2012. Gay ‘marriage’ push aims to ‘recreate society’ and marginalise Christianity: Archbishop of Glasgow. (Hilary White,

27 March 2012. Europe in denial yet again. (Peter Martino, Gatestone Institute)

27 March 2012. In Toulouse, Muslims fear a culture of diversity is at risk. (Scott Sayare, The New York Times)

26 March 2012. Anglican Covenant defeated in majority of Church of England dioceses. (Matthew Davies, ENI News)

26 March 2012. Europe’s Islamic future has arrived. (Soeren Kern, Gatestone Institute)

26 March 2012. Dutch Supreme Court President’s views on the European Court. (Antoine Buyse, ECHR Blog)

26 March 2012. Should Italian lawyer be forced to work on Jewish holidays? (Human Rights Europe)

26 March 2012. The Sharia4Belgium case: Conviction for incitement of hate, discrimination, and violence. (Willy Fautré, Human Rights Without Frontiers)

26 March 2012. Mumbai family fighting to clear Barecelona bomber’s name. (Praveen Swami and Vinaya Deshpande, The Hindu)

26 March 2012. Russian Church deplores UK ban on wearing crosses at work. (Interfax-Religion)

26 March 2012. Free expression, privacy injunctions and gay marriage — The Human Rights Roundup. (Wessen Jazrawi, UK Human Rights Blog)

26 March 2012. Russia: Psychiatric examination, lawyer gagged, car tampering. (Felix Corley, Forum 18 News Service)

25 March 2012. Bull’s-eye placed on European Christians. (Bob Unruh, WND Faith)

24 March 2012. EU court decision may force churches to grant same-sex marriages. (Spero News)

24 March 2012. Islamic Sharia court opens in Belgium. (Scott Allswang, Faith Defenders)

23 March 2012. Cameron supports same-sex marriage and opposes our right to wear the cross. Is this ‘the most aggressively atheistic government in our history’? (William Oddie, Catholic

23 March 2012. “I will make London a beacon of Islam.” (Soeren Kern, Gatestone Institute)

22 March 2012. Press release regarding the Annual Report of the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF). (Consulate General of Turkey)

22 March 2012. New joint NGO statement on draft Brighton Declaration. (Antoine Buyse, ECHR Blog)

22 March 2012. “I will make London a beacon of Islam,” says Former Mayor of London and Labour’s candidate. (Andrew Gilligan, The Telegraph)

22 March 2012. L’UE donne son coup de pouce à une initiative musulmane pour interdire toute critique de l’Islam. (Talpa brusseliensis christiana)

21 March 2012. The Venice Commission on Hungarian law on religion and legal status of churches. (Hungarian Spectrum)

21 March 2012. One year after Lautsi …. (European Centre for Law and Justice)

21 March 2012. AP interview: Hungary’s church law criticized. (Pablo Gorondi, HuffPost World)

21 March 2012.  Hubbard ban: Scientology books officially extremist in Russia (again). (RT)

21 March 2012. Turkish jail-term suits to Euro court on halt until panel decision. (Hürriyet Daily News)

21 March 2012. Toulouse school shootings traumatise French Jews. (David Chazan, BBC News, Paris)

21 March 2012. Gay marriage is not a human right, according to European ruling. (Donna Bowater, The Telegraph)

21 March 2012. After killings at Toulouse school, French candidates suspend their campaigns. (Gavin Hewitt, CNN News Europe)

21 March 2012. Report on Europe finds ‘numerous’ anti-Christian actions, crimes. (Kevin J. Jones, Catholic News AgencyReport 2012.

21 March 2012. Russia: “I’ve never encountered the practice of destroying religious literature before.” (Felix Corley, Forum 18 News Service)

20 March 2012. On Norway, the media, and a Hindu family’s tragedy. (The Wall Street Journal)

20 March 2012. Strasbourg court should protect Christians – Russian Church. (RIA Novosti)

19 March 2012. Militant secularism in Western Europe. (The Nutbox)

19 March 2012. Muslims and Sikhs attack Cameron’s gay marriage plan. (Tim Ross, The Telegraph)

19 March 2012. Release of Report 2012. (Observatory on Intolerance and Discrimination against Christians in Europe)

19 March 2012. Vatican official condemns UN report promoting same-sex marriage. (Talpa brusseliensis christiana)

19 March 2012. Rights’ balance: Nearly 15 years on the (UK) Human Rights Act is still dividing judges, the public and Parliament – and don’t even mention the media. (Monica Carss-Frisk, The Lawyer)

19 March 2012. Russian church parishoner in London resigns after being banned from wearing cross. (Interfax-Religion)

18 March 2012. European Court of Human Rights rules prohibiting gay marriage & adoption is not discrimination. (Deacon Nick, Protect the Pope)

18 March 2012. The battle for Britain’s soul begins here. (Cole Moreton, The Telegraph)

18 March 2012. Are we a Christian country or not? It’s time to decide. (Ed Jacobs, Left Foot Forward)

18 March 2012. EU leaders pay tribute to Coptic pope. (FOCUS Information Agency)

18 March 2012. Thousands of Egyptian Christians mourn the death of Pope Shenouda III. (The Telegraph)

18 March 2012. The Americanization of Turkey. (Dimitar Bechev, Open Democracy)

17 March 2012. Radical left calls for burning of churches in Germany. (Intolerance and Discrimnation against Christians in Europe [from])

16 March 2012. Church of England’s Archbishop of Canterbury to step down. (Avrial Ormsby, Reuters via Worldwide Religion News)

16 March 2012. Turkey admits its slow legal system often leaves people (including religious minorities) unfairfly imprisoned. (Selcan Hacaoglu, Associated Press via The Houston Chronicle)

16 March 2012. MEPs scrutinse EU hopefuls ‘case by case’. (EurActiv)

15 March 2012. Announcing new Blog on Law, Religion & Politics by Hans-Martien ten Napel, Leiden University.

15 March 2012. U.K. employers can now ban cross wearing by Christian employees. (Catholic News Online)

15 March 2012. Gay marriage consultation greeted with suspicion on both sides. (Sam Jones and James Schofield, The Guardian)

15 March 2012. If we censored Dante, Shakespeare and Jesus would be next in line. (Peter Mullen, The Telegraph)

15 March 2012. Should gay marriage be legalised? (Adam Wagner, UK Human Rights Blog)

15 March 2012. ‘I can handle death threats, but gay marriage threatens freedom of speech.’ (David Burrowes, The Telegraph

15 May 2012. Britain starts talks on legalizing gay marriage. (Trevor Grundy, Religion News Service via The Washington Post)

15 March 2012. David Cameron (British PM) and Boris Johnson (Lord Mayor of London) back Christians’ right to wear cross. (The Christian Institute)

15 March 2012. NATO and EU long-term commitment to Afghanistan [Op-Ed and invitation to March 27 event]. (Willy Fautré, Human Rights Without Frontiers)

15 March 2012. Azerbaijan: Raids continue, liguidate case adjourned. (Felix Corley, Forum 18 News Service)

14 March 2012. Religious tension root of Nigerian conflict. (Michelle Bauman, CNA)

14 March 2012. Outrage at move towards bannking Christian crosses from workplace. (Martin McLaughlin, The Scotsman)

14 March 2012. Belgium’s Muslims in shock after deadly mosque arson. (Laruent Thomet, AFP)

14 March 2012. Gay Christians. (The Irish Times)

14 March 2012. EU slams clampdown on sexual minorities in Moldova. (Interfax-Religion)

13 March 2012. Hungarian archbishop to Texas professor: You’re wrong about our new constitution. (HLI Staff, Human Life International)

13 March 2012. Turkmenistan: “Illegal liquidation.” (Felix Corley, Forum 18 News Service)

12 March 2012. Cross purposes? Nadia Eweida and the meaning of religious symbols. (Andrew Brown, The Guardian)

12 March 2012. It’s a huge mistake to forbid a tiny act of Christian worship. (Boris Johnson, The Telegraph)

12 March 2012. Britain crucifix workplace ban argument fo European court a blow to Christian symbol, say critics. (Ricahrd J. Brennan, The Star)

12 March 2012. By calling the cross ‘religious decoration’, the Archbishop of Canterbury is helping secularists. Whose side is he on? (Peter Mullen, The Telegraph)

12 March 2012. Criminal prosectuion of Jehovah’s Witnesses reaches another level in Russia. (Jehovah’s Witnesses Official Media Web Site)

12 March 2012. Pour l’évêque de Bayonne le supermarché ouvert le dimanche est le nouveau temple où l’on sacrifie au Dieu de la consommation. (Talpa brussliensis christiana)

12 March 2012. Russian Orthodox Church: Ban homosexuality ‘propoganda’ among minors. (Fred Weir, The Christian Science Monitor)

12 March 2012. British psychotherapist blames churches for not saying that homosexual behaviour is a sin. (Talpa brussliensis christiana)

11 March 2012. Christians have no right to wear cross at work, says Government. (David Barrett, The Telegraph)

10 March 2012. Hot and bothered: The rise of evangelism is shaking up England’s established church. (The Economist)

10 March 2012. Abu Qatada barrister could become Britain’s next European human rights judge. (Martin Beckford, The Telegraph)

9 March 2012. Cuba: CSW reports increase in violation of religious freedom ahead of Pope’s visit. (ICN)

9 March 2012. Controversy over education of religious generation. (Ramazan Gözen, Sunday’s Zaman)

9 March 2012. Turkmenistan: Religious freedom survey, March 2012. (Felix Corley and John Kinahan, Forum 18 News Service)

9 March 2012. Turkish military court recognizes conscientious objection for the first time. (Hürriyet Daily News)

8 March 2012. In secular Britain, a clash over public prayer. (Anthony Faiola, The Washington Post)

8 March 2012. Reforming or redefining the European Court of Human Rights? (Noreen O’Meara, UK Human Rights Blog) [second in a seires of posts analysing the UK’s draft “Brighton Declaration” on ECtHR reform.

7 March 2012. ‘We have too many foreigners’: Sarkozy outrages minorities in France. (Peter Allen, MailOnline)

6 March 2012. In France, halal meat drama enters election campaign. (Edward Cody, The Washington Post)

6 March 2012. Jordan promises fair trial for Abu Qatada as Theresa May returns. (Tom Whitehead, The Telegraph)

6 March 2012. Ranjit Singh v. France: The UN Committee asks the questions the Strasbourg Court didn’t ask in turban case. (Saïla Ouald Chaib, Strasbourg Observers)

6 March 2012. In a liberal democracy, pluralism makes religious liberty more not less necessary. (Dave Landrum, The Guardian)

6 March 2012. Why Atatürk’s secularism is liberal. (Eldar Mamedov, Hürriyet Daily News)

6 March 2012. ADL shocked at French prime minister’s call for end to Jewish and Muslim ritual slaughter. (Anti-Defmataion League)

6 March 2012. ‘State religions’ risk alienating minorities,’ warns UN rights expert. (UN News Centre)

5 March 2012. A renewed framework for the activities of the EU Fundamental Rights Agency. (Alessandro Calcagno, europeinfos)

5 March 2012. Corporate Social Responsibility and the tradition of Catholic Social Though. (Prof. Dr. André Habisch, europeinfos)

5 March 2012. One “extremism” criminal trial ends, others continue. (Felix Corley, Forum 18 News Service)

3 March 2012. Vatican urges UN to help protect religious freedom. (Kevin J. Jones, EWTN News)

3 March 2012. Cults watchdog faces danger of being shut down. (Jamie Doward, The Guardian)

3 March 2012. Christians must choose between religion and obeying law, says equalities chief Trevor Phillips. (John Bingham and Tim Ross, The Telegraph)

3 March 2012. 2030: The year Britain will cease to be a Christian nation with the march of secularism. (Daniel Martin, Mail Online)

2 March 2012. Cash-strapped Italy loks to tax church-owned properties. (Alessandro Speciale, The Washington Post)

2 March 2012. UN rights experts urge Pakistan to end sectarian violence, protect minorities. (UN News Centre)

2 March 2012. European Court of Human Rights consolidates its jurisprudence on conscientious objection. (War Resisters’ International)

1 March 2012. Supreme Court justices convene with European counterparts. (Matthew Kwiecinski, The GE Hatchet)

2 March 2012. Germany Interior Ministry study sparks debate about Muslim integration. (Deutsche Welle)

1 March 2012. European Court of Human Rights upholds Swedish criminal prosecution for distributing anti-gay leaflets at a high school. (Leonard Link, Blog)

1 March 2012. A radical Left-wing argument for ripping up the European Convention on Human Rights. (Brendan O’Neill, The Telegraph)

1 March 2012. UN Human Rights Council deplores ‘brutal’ actions by Syria against civilians. (UN News Centre)

1 March 2012. Russia: Kaliningrad Muslim “extremist”? (Felix Corley, Forum 18 News Service)

29 February 2012. EU addresses Russia’s human rights record [includes discussion of oppression of minority churches]. (NTD Television)

29 February 2012. Draft Declaration on British ECHR reform plans leaked. (Antoine Buyse, ECHR Blog)

29 February 2012. Roman Catholic midwives loes abortion ‘conscientious objection’ case in Scotland. (BBC News)

28 February 2012. Britain plans reform of the European Court of Human Rights. (Owen Bowcott, The Guardian)

28 February 2012. Hungary expands list of recognized churches. (Pablo Gorondi, Associated Press)

27 February 2012. Report alleging discrimination against Christians in UK ‘confused’. (Ekklesia)

27 February 2012. Belarus: Raids, threats, warnings for religious meetings. (Olga Glace, Forum 18 News Service)

24 February 2012. Where are the limits to political correctness. (Kudashkina Ekaterina, The Voice of Russia)

22 February 2012. Kazakhstan: Small religious communities “banned under the law.” (Mushfig Bayram, Forum 18 News Service)

22 February 2012. ECHR: no freedom of opinion but jail for critics of homosexuality? (Talpa brusseliensis christiana)

21 February 2012. Ukraine: Overview of church-state relations in Ukraine in 2012. (Oleksandr Zaiets, Institute for Religious Freedom)

21 February 2012. Belarus: Why is state Financial Investigation Committee investigating a priest? (Olga Glace, Forum 18 News Service)

20 February 2012. Keeping it controversial: Religion, deportation and open justice – The Human Rights Roundup. (Wessen Jasrawi, UK Human Rights Blog)

20 February 2012. Ringelheim on Rights, Religion & the Public Sphere in the European Court of Human Rights. (Andrew R. Hamilton, CLR Forum) [paper on SSRN]

20 February 2012. Kasab vs Qatada: terrorists have human rights. (Dipankar de Sarkar, Hindustan Times)

20 February 2012. Pastor freed, other religious prisoners of conscience remain jailed. (Turkmenistan: Forum 18 News Service)

20 February 2012. Turkey urgently needs to improve human rights record. (Lale Kemal, Today’s Zaman)

19 February 2012. UK Court of Appeal upholds hotel gay discrimination ruling by Chrisitan couple. (Marina Wheeler, UK Human Rights Blog)

18 February 2012. The problem in public life isn’t Islam, but religion itself. (Doug Saunders, The Globe and Mail)

17 February 2012. EU Parliament places Hungary under scrutiny. (Georgi Gotev,

17 February 2012. The Community has infiltrated the ECtHR as well. (Abdülhamit Bilici, Today’s Zaman)

17 February 2012. The Queen’s bold defence of the Church is vital to preclude a national lurch into a moral abyss. (Abhijit Pandya, Mail Online)

16 February 2012. Italy plans to tax the Church on commercial property. (Rachel Donadio, The New York Times)

16 February 2012. Tomsk prosecutors will continue case against Krishna book. (The Moscow Times via Worlwdie Religion News)

16 February 2012. The 2012 report of MILVUDES translated in English. (Prof. Regis Dericquebourg, The French Connection)

16 February 2012. Michael Fry: Benign secularism suits the British state well. (

16 February 2012. Italy to end tax break on Church enterprises, Monti says. (Chiara Vasarri, Bloomberg Businessweek)

16 February 2012. Kalanges, “Religious Liberty in Western and Islamic Law.” (Yosefa A. Heber, CLR Forum)

16 February 2012. Britain’s delegation to Rome:  We stand side by side with the Pope in fighting for faith. (Baroness Warsi, The Telegraph)

16 February 2012. Turkmenistan: “Show trial” for conscientious objector. (Felix Corley, Forum 18 News Service)

15 February 2012. Can Britain tolerate Christians? (Anne Jolis, The Wall Street Journal)

15 February 2012. Strasbourg in the primordial soup. (Rosalind English, UK Human Rights Blog)

15 February 2012. French Mormons find a less hospitable ‘Mormon moment’. (Elizabeth Bryant, Religion News Service)

15 February 2012. Uzbek officials refuse to release prisoners of conscience — indefinite prison time awaits. (J.R. Brown, Jehovah’s Witnesses Official Media Web Site)

15 February 2012. Jehovah’s Witnesses report 197 cases of violation of their rights in SFO and NCFO after prohibition of the community in Rostov region. (Caucasian Knot)

15 February 2012. Rule of law is not a bendy tool fo political use. (Allan Massie, The Scotsman)

15 February 2012. Abu Qatada’s freedom might be the price we pay for ours. (Christina Patterson, The Independent via Huffpost World)

15 February 2012. We must defend our religious heritage and the values it underpins. (3 comments, The Telegraph)

15 February 2012. Turkey: “Denigrating religious values” – A way to silence critics of religion? (Mine Yildirim, Åbo Akademi University, Forum 18 News Service)

15 February 2012. Death on Wheels – euthanasia ‘home delivered’ in the Netherlands. (Alex Schadenberg, National Right to Life News Today)

15 February 2012. Venice Commission delegation to visit Hungary next week. (MTI,

14 February 2012. Austrian villagers quash plans for Buddhist temple. (Deutsche Welle)

14 February 2012. UK government minister slams ‘militant secularism’. (Jill Lawless, Associated Press)

14 February 2012. Religion becomes a compulsory subgect in all Russian schools. (Nina Achmatovak

14 February 2012. ‘Intolerant militant secularism’ has Europe in its grip: British Muslim Baroness. (Hilary White, LifeSiteNews)

14 February 2012. Kazakhstan: Frist known use of harsh new punishments. (Felix Corley, Forum 18 News Service)

14 February 2012. Abu Qatada does not deserve the liberty he despises. (Dan Hodges, The Telegraph)

13 February 2012. Outgoing European rights commissioner issues dire warning. (Ferry Biedermann, The Nation)

13 February 2012. Abu Qatada released under strict bail conditions. (The Telegraph)

13 February 2012. Evangelical churches rise in France attracting youth. (A.D. McKenzie, ENI News)

13 February 2012. The freedom of the Church impaired at the European Court of Human Rights. (Grégor Puppinck, Turtle Bay and Beyond)

13 February 2012. US Supreme Court and ECtHR judges will meet in Washington, DC. (Antoine Buyse, ECHR Blog)

13 February 2012. Al Qatada to be released from Long Lartin jail. (BBC News)

13 February 2012. Uzbekistan: “We treat everybody equally.” (Mushfig Bayram, Forum 18 News Service)

13 February 2012. Qatada’s release ‘imminent’ as Downing Street says it is ‘considering all options’ to remove him at earliest opportunity. (Ian Drury and Tim Shipman, Daily Mail)

12 February 2012. Abu Qatada, public prayer and cameras in court – The Human Rights Roundup. (Sam Murrant, UK Human Rights Blog)

11 February 2012. High Court council prayers ruling ‘an attack on centuries-old Christian traditions’. (John Bigham, The Telegraph.

10 February 2012. Disabled Turkish Armenian journalist petitions to European Court. (

10 February 2012. Street preacher who told passing gay couple they’d “burn in hell” cleared of using threatening words. (Mirror News)

10 February 2012. Councils ‘should have right to say prayers’, says Eric Pickles. (The Telegraph)

10 February 2012. Uzbekistan: Renounce your beliefs or you won’t be released. (Mushfig Bayram, Forum 18 News Service)

9 February 2012. Europe — facing the extreme. (Bedrudin Brljavac, Transconflict)

9 February 2012. Hugarian churches left in no-man’s land. (Kester Eddy, The Financial Times)

9 February 2012. Slovenia: Ombudsman under fire from Muslims. (The Slovenia Times)

9 February 2012. Extremist preachers now radicalising young Muslims in private homes, says senior Government security adviser. (Christopher Hope, The Telegraph)

8 February 2012. Putin: Compulsory religion classes must engage students. (RIA Novosti via Woldwide Religious News

8 February 2012. Turkmenistan: Is publishing religious poety a crime? (Felix Corley, Forum 18 News Service)

8 February 2012. On both sides of the Atlantic, faceless bureaucrats are assailing religious freedom. (Iain Murray, Mail Online)

8 February 2012. Kick out hate preacher now, say MPs. (Graeme Wilson, The Sun News)

8 February 2012. Case in Britain echos dilemma at Guantanamo. (Dina Temple-Raston, New Hampshire News)

8 Feburary 2012. Leading article: No time for MI5 to stand in the way. (The Independent)

7 February 2012. “Games pastors” to help visitors at London Olympics. (Jo Siedlecka, ENI News)

7 February 2012. We must stand up to Euro judges. (James Slack, Mail Online)

7 February 2012. Qatada ruling not acceptable, says Theresa May. (Wesley Johnson, The Independent)

7 February 2012. Don’t punish Christians for expressing faith, says bishop. (The Christian Institute)

7 February 2012. Blears: Abu Qatada release of ‘extreme concern.’ (BBC Radio)

7 February 2012. Bishops call for Church of England to stand for Christian freedoms. (Christian Concern)

6 February 2012. British courts grant bail to radical cleric. (CNN)

6 February 2012. Tajikistan: Mosque raided, worshippers detained without trial, imams removed and fined, sermons banned. (Mushfig Bayram, Forum 18 News Service)

6 February 2012. European Court of Human Rights and individual Rights. (Letters, Wall Street Journal)

5 February 2012. Let people wear cross with pride, urge bishops. (Edward Malnick, The Telegraph)

4 February 2012. Archbishop of York interview in Jamaica. (Yorkpress)

3 February 2012. Irish Bishop investigated for ‘hate crime’ for upsetting humanist in his homily. (Hilary White, LifeSiteNews)

3 February 2012. European Human Rights Court rules clergy have a right to unionize. (Mark L. Moveisan, CLR Forum)

3 February 2012. French court says Scientology is a scam, not a religion. (Clea Caulcutt, Business Insider)

2 Feburary 2012. Advocating the killing of homosexuals, stoning and armed struggle on religious grounds is not a sectarian deviation according to Miviludes. (Willy Fautré, HRWF via CAP)

2 February 2012. U.S. Supreme Court and ECtHR: Conflicts between religious autonomy and other fundamental rights. (Lourdes Peroni, Strasbourg Observer)

2 February 2012. Advocating the killing of homosexuals, stoning and armed struggle on religious grounds is not a sectarian deviation according to Miviludes. (Willy Fautré, Human Rights Without Frontiers

2 February 2012. Russia: Watchdog’s ban on distributing Jehovah’s Witnesses magazines affirmed. (RAPSI – Russian Legal Information Agency)

2 February 2012. French court upholds Scientology fraud conviction. (Pierre-Antoine Souchard, Associated Press via ABC News)

1 February 2012. The dynamics of conflict in Nigeria. (europeinfos)

1 February 2012. Armenia: After Strasbourg punishment, will government resolve alternative service issue “for ever”? (Felix Corley, Forum 18 News Service)

1 February 2012. Julian Assange: Loathed, admired, here to stay. (Ashley Fantz, CNN)

1 February 2012. Ruling in favour of religious freedom in parallel US case. (Christian Concern [UK])

31 January 2012. The decline of human rights. (Bret Stephens, The Wall Street Journal) [subscriber content; for responses see 6 February 2012. European Court of Human Rights and individual Rights. (Letters, Wall Street Journal)

31 January 2012. Romania should have let clery form a union. (Adam Klasfeld, Couthouse News Service)

31 January 2012. France: 34 imams or Muslim preachers deported since 2001. (Willy Fautré, Human Rights Without Frontiers)

31 January 2012. Archbishop Sentamu has no right to block gay civil marriages. (Peter G Tatchell, Huffington Post UK)

31 January 2012. The Attorney General nuances the PM’s dig at European Court. (Alisdair Henderson, The UK Blog)

31 January 2012. ‘Visions of Ecstacy’ gets UK rating after 23-year ban, (BBC News)

30 January 2012. ECLJ welcomes Council of Europe resolution against euthanasia. (Talpa brusseliensis christiana)

30 January 2012. New president of the European Parliament pledges full support to ILGA Europe’s agenda. (Talpa brusseliensis christiana)

30 January 2012. London School of Economics brings back blasphemy. (National Secular Society)

30 January 2012. Analysis: Judging the European Court of Human Rights. (Maeve McClenaghan, The Bureau of Investigative Journalism)

30 January 2012. No Pope, No Vatican – London for a Secular Europe. (Peter Tatchall, Human Rights, Democracy, Global Justice, LGBTI Freedom

29 January 2012. Cameron his Strasbourg – The human rights roundup. (Wessen Jazrawi, UK Human Rights Blog)

28 January 2012.  David Cameron: European Court of Human Rights has neither authority nor legitimacy. (Alisdair Palmer, The Telegraph)

28 January 2012. Alevis look to European Court of Human Rights for cemevi recognition. (Noah Blaser, Sunday’s Zaman)

28 January 2012. France turban issue. (Sikhi Wiki)

27 January 2012. Misguided liberals are playing us all into the hands of Islamist tyrants. (Terry Sanderson, National Secular Society)

27 January 2012. Dutch move step closer to banning burqa. (Mike Corder, Associated Press via Wolrdwide Religion News)

27 January 2012. European court of human rights: which countries get the most judgments? (Simon Rogers, The Guardian Datablog)

27 January 2012. The Court’s Annual Report. (Antoine Buyse, ECHR Blog)

27 January 2012. Holocaust denial trumps freedom of expression. (Natan Lerner,

27 January 2012. Archbishop of Louisville, Kentucky: religious liberty at foundation of USA. (Vatican Radio)

27 January 2012. Euthanasia ‘must always be prohibited,’ European body says. (Patrick Goodenough, CNS News)

26 January 2012. Relaciones laborales y libertad religiosa. (Rafael Navarro-Valls, Alfa y Omega)

26 January 2012. Once in a generation? (David Cameron discusses Court in address before COE Parliamentary Assembly). (Antoine Buyse, ECHR Blog)

26 January 2012. Organization cites 508 cases of intolerance or discrimination against Christians in Europe. (Intolerance and Discrimination against Christians in Europe)

25 January 2012. David Cameron to Council of Europe: back my reforms or UK steps back. (Wintour and Watt Blog, The Guardian)

25 January 2012. Interview with Zekai Tanyar, Chair of the Association of Protestant Churches in Turkey. (Hristiyan Gazette)

25 January 2012. Religious freedom under threat from courts, professor warns. (David Shariatmadari, The Guardian)

25 January 2012. Turkemenistan: Four-year prison sentence after “secret trial.” (Felix Corley, Forum 18 News Service)

24 January 2012. EU ministers open way for freezing EU funds for Hungary. (Jan Strupczewski, Rex Merrifield, and Catherine Evans, Reuters)

24 January 2012. Uzbekistan: “I don’t care about the law or your rights.” (Mushfig Bayram, Forum 18 News Service)

23 January 2012. Kazakhstan denies persecution of Orthodox Christians. (Interfax-Religion)

23 January 2012. Russia repeats Western mistakes in Arab Spring. (Human Rights Watch)

23 January 2012. Cameron to tell Europe’s judges to stop interfering in British law. (James Chapman, MailOnline)

23 January 2012. Greek village’s Muslim culture clashes with Athens. (Joanna Kakissis, NPRi)

22 January 2012. Is the European Court of Human Rights obsessively interventionist? (Andres Tickell, UK Human Rights Blog)

21 January 2012. British justice should not be over-ruled by the European Court of Human Rights. (Ian Martin, The Telegraph)

21 January 2012. Britain challenges the power of human rights court. (Patrick Hennessy, The Telegraph)

20 January 2012. The Great Partnership: multiculturalism, faith and citizenship. (Robin Llewellyn, OpenDemocracy)

20 January 2012. Freedom House: Ukraine suffers steepest decline in democracy of any major nation in last two years. (Kyiv Post)

20 January 2012Russia: Prisoner of conscience freed but not exonerated. (Felix Corley, Forum 18 News Service)

19 January 2012. European human rights court bans Al Qaeda preacher’s deportation to Jordan. (Amiel Ungar, Israel National News)

19 January 2012. Catholic midwives [in Scotland] challenge ruling on abortions. (Auslan Cramb, The Telegraph)

18 January 2012. With new found time, ex-British PM enjoys being able to focus on single issues of concern. (Suthichai Yoon, The Nation)

18 January 2012. Hate preacher to ‘go free in months’: Radical cleric cannot be deported say European Human Rights judges. (James Slack, Mail Online)

18 January 2012. EU commision starts legal action against Hungary. (Talpa brusseliensis christiana)

18 January 2012. Kyrsyzstan: “We have not been able to pray and worship together.” (Mushfig Bayram, Forum 18 News Service)

17 January 2012. The new ‘Church Law’. (Secular Hungary)

17 January 2012. Britain cannot deport Abu Qatada to Jordan, European judges rule. (The Guardian)

17 January 2012. European Court again obligates Turkey to protect rights of conscientious objectors. (Jehovah’s Witnesses Official Media Website)

17 January 2012. Nagorno-Karabakh: Conscientious objector jailed for 30 months. (Felix Corley, Forum 18 News Service)

17 January 2012. Five steps to civil rights in a secular Ireland. (Michael Nugent, Atheism, Reason, Skepticism, Happiness)

16 January 2012. Ministerial and religious exemptsion in the USA. (Martin E. Marty, Ekklesia)

16 January 2012. Kyrgyzstan: “Against the Constitution and discriminatory. (Musfig Bayram, Forum 18 News Service)

16 January 2012. The (Un)protection of Individual Religious Identity in the Strasbourg Case Law. (Javier Martínez-Torrón, Oxford Journal of Law and Religion)

15 January 2012. Hungary: Twilight of the gods. (Robert Hodgson, The Budpaest Times)

15 January 2012. ECHR releases new judgments against Armenia. (

13 January 2012. Russia: Muslim’s appeal to be freed from jail due, but criminal prosecutions continue. (Felix Corley, Forum 18 News Service)

13 January 2012. Azerbaijan’s debt to Armenian refuees is over $100 billion. (Armenian News)

13 January 2012. Scotland: Teachers afraid to broach humen rights in class. (Julia Horton, TES)

13 January 2012. Freedom of speech puts Facebook cartoon under scrutiny. (Siobhan Blaney, Troy Media)

13 January 2012. European Court releases judgments on Armenian Jehovah’s Witnesses members. (Armenian News)

13 January 2012. UNHRC’s decision in France turban case widely applauded world-over. (Prabh Singh,

13 January 2012. Sikhs win turban case against France at the United Nations. (Daljeet Singh,

12 January 2012. UK loses 3 out of 4 European human rights cases? More like 1 in 50, actually. (Adam Wagner, UK Human Rights Blog)

12 January 2012. Free speech concerns as UN pushes ‘sexual orientation’ as equal to ‘race,’ ‘relgion.’ (Piero Tozzi, LifeSiteNews)

11 January 2012. Religion and Peacemaking bulletin. (United States Institute of Peace)

10 January 2012. Parliament platform for secularism promotes EU intervention in national education. (Talpa brusseliensis chirstiana)

10 January 2012. Russia: One acquittal, but the same day trial of two more [Jehovah’s Witnesses] begins. (Felix Corley, Forum 18 News Service)

9 January 2012. “Andalusia Spring”: reclaiming “occupied” Spain for Islam. (Talpa brusseliensis christiana)

9 January 2012. New book on Court after Protocol 14. (Antoine Buyse, ECHR Blog)

9 January 2012. Benoît XVI : la famille, fondée sur le mariage d’un homme avec une femme, premier lieux d’éducation des enfants. (Talpa brusseliensis christiana)

9 January 2012. Christianophobie meurtrière au Nigéria, un bilan 2011 tragique… (Talpa brusseliensis christiana)

9 January 2012. Pope meets with ambassadors, calls on international community to protect religious freedom. (Rome Reports) (annual “State of the World” address)

8 January 2012. Lithuanian Parliament considering Constitutional amendment tying family to marriage. (Talpa brusseliensis christiana)

8 January 2012. Slovenian Constitutional Court OKs referendum on controversial family code. (Talpa brusseliensis christiana)

8 January 2012. Turquie : le génocide arménien en question. (Talpa brusseliensis christiana)

7 January 2012. 82 churches ask to be recognized in Hungary. (Associated Press via

6 January 2012. Turkmenistan’s intolerance of religious freedom met with international criticism. (Jehovah’s Witnesses Official Media Web Site)

5 January 2012. Russia: Has “madness” of banning religious publications stopped? (Felix Corley, Forum 28 News Service)

4 January 2012. US diplomat: Hungary could lose its EU membership. (EurActiv)

4 January 2012. Hungary’s leaders accused of power grab. (Pablo Gorondi, Brisbane Times)

4 January 2012. New Hungarian constitution revokes nation’s recognition of Islam & other religions. (Ahlul Bayt News Agency)

4 January 2012. Charges against journalists dim the democratic glow in Turkey. (Dan Bilefsky and Sebnem Arsu, The New York Times)

4 January 2012. Catholic majority in Northern Ireland to present dilemma for Britain and Republic. (Gerry Moriarti, Irish Times)

2 January 2012. Opposition hold anti-government rally in Hungary. (

2 January 2012. Faith in a globalized age. (Tony Blair, New Europe Online Post)

2 January 2012. Taking faith seriously. (Tony Blair, New Europe Online Post)

2 January 2012. Thousands protest over new Hungarian constitution. (Pablo Gorondi, Huff Post World)

2 January 2012. [Hungary’s] ‘unconstitutional constitution.’ (Kim Lane Scheppele, The New York Times)

1 January 2012. Denmark takes chair of Council of Ministers. (Simon Taylor,

January 2012. The future of Christians in the Middle East. (Fr Piotr Mazurkiewicz, europeinfos)

31 December 2011. Pastor responds to Hungarian religious law. (Sami K. Martin, The Christian Post)

31 December 2011. Breaking news: Thousands of Hungarians demonstrate against “end of democracy.” (Stefan J. Bos, BosNewsLife)

30 December 2011. News alert: Hungary approves restrictive church law amid evangelical protests. (Stefan J. Bos, BosNewsLife)

30 December 2011. Top 10 under-covered Vatican stories (plus a bonus feature). (John L. Allen, Jr., National Catholic Reporter)

30 December 2011. Turkish court accepts online blasphemy case, ECtHR ruling precedent. (Deniz Aydin, Today’s Zaman)

29 December 2011. 2012 will test Cameron’s mettle over Human Rights rulings from Strasbourg. (Jack Doyle, MailOnline)

29 December 2011. Hindus in Russia celebrate Gita verdict; brace for possible appeal. (Pravasitoday)

29 December 2011. Disputed voting turns church, a Kremlin ally, into its critic. (Sophia Kishkovsky, The New York Times)

29 December 2011. 61 Jehovah’s Witnesses charged with conscientious objection in Armenia. (Jehovah’s Witnesses Official Media Web Site)

29 December 2011. Russian court bans Falun Dafa book as “extremist.” (NTD News, Krasnodar, Russia)

29 December 2011. Greek abbot jailed over land swap scandal.

28 December 2011. Europe on the paths of faith. (Archbishop Jozef Michalik, Sunday Catholic Weekly [Poland])

28 December 2011. Russian court rejects proposed ban of Hindu text. (Sofia Javed, Associated Press via Deseret News)

27 December 2011. Battling anew over the place of religion in the public schools. (Erik Eckholm, The New York Times)

26 December 2011. “A black day for Austria.” (Soeren Kern, Hudson New York)

22 December 2011. Kyrgyz officials end criminal case against two of Jehovah’s Witnesses, releasing them from prison. (Jehovah’s Witnesses Official Media Web Site)

22 December 2011. Azerbaijan: “Without registration you can’t pray.” (Felix Corley, Forum 18 News Service)

22 December 2011. Officials in Siberia target married ouple with unjust criminal charges. (Jehovah’s Witnesses Official Media Web Site)

22 December 2011. Russia is an ally of China in the fight against Falun Gong. (Willy Fautré, Human Rights Without Frontiers)

21 December 2011. Human rights issues related to the April 2009 events in Moldova – Observations of the Commissioner for Human Rights. (Commissioner 

21 December 2011. Kygyzstan: “I received it from heaven.” (Mushfig Bayram, Forum 18 News Service)

21 December 2011. Double lives for gay teachers in Ireland. (Carmel Crimmins, Reuters)

19 December 2011. Hungarian court stirkes down controversial religious law. (Bettina Krause, Adventist News Network)

19 December 2011. Kazakhstan: Promoting the “progressiveness” of the harsh new Religion Law. (Felix Corley, Forum 18 News Service)

19 December2011. Hungary’s constitutional revolution. (Kim Lane Scheppele, The New York Times Opinion)

18 December 2011. What does Turkey as a country-state mean? (Şahin Alpay, Today’s Zaman)

16 December 2011. David Cameron says the UK is a Christian county “and we should not be afraid to say so”. (BBC News)

16 December 2011. EU denies asking Turkey to remove Quranic verse from Friday sermons. (Selçuk Gültaşli, Today’s Zaman)

16 December 2011. Lord Irvine’s take on the ECHR. (Antoine Buyse, ECHR Blog)

16 December 2011. Woman risks jail for defying veil ban in France. (Ben McPartland, France 24)

15 December 2011. Statement of the Religious Liberty Commission of the World Evangelical Alliance: Kazakhstan’s new restrictions not aimed at curbing extremism. (International Institute for Religious Freedom)

15 December 2011. We must respect human rights of parents who want secular schools. (Michael Nugent, Atheism, Reason, Skepticism, Happniess)

15 December 2011. Azerbaijan: Latest repressive rules signed by president. (Felix Corley, Forum 18 News Service)

15 December 2011. Court rules that Bondi’s testimony should be confirmed under oath. (The Malta Independent)

14 December 2011. Migration changes ecclesial landscapes. (World Council of Churches)

14 December 2011. U.K. judge grants judicial review into ban on Christian discrimination advert. (Christian Today)

14 December 2011. Church leaders meet with Hungarian ambassador on looming deregistration of churches. (Bettina Krauses, Adventist News Network)

14 December 2011. Azerbaijan: Massive fines and warnings for meeting for worship. (Felix Corley, Forum 18 News Service)

14 December 2011. Small churches in Hungary fear losing legal status. (Pablo Gorondi, Associated Press via

14 December 2011. ICJ ruling exposes NATO duplicity, Greece unintentionally hints at real root cause of “name dispute.” (PR Newswire)

14 December 2011. Dutch set to block animal slaughter ban. (Irish Times)

14 December 2011. Kazakh students win fight against hijab ban. (Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty)

13 December 2011. Government won’t support Christian registrar’s case in Europe. (The Christian Institute

13 December 2011. Rallying to save the UK’s Human Rights Act. (Stuart Weir, Our Kingdom, Open

13 December 2011. Kazakhstan: Three fines, a 48-hour jail term, and a deportation. (Felix Corley, Forum 18 News Service)

13 December 2011. ATAA, FTAA call Congress to reject anti-Turkish bill. (

12 December 2011. Equalities head slams human rights acts rulings that protect criminals and terror suspects. (Jack Doyle, Mail Online)

12 December 2011. Azerbaijan ready to considerably increase suits to European court on facts of Armenia’s vandalism and property occupation. (

11 December 2011. Russian Orthodox Church add influential voice to calls for election reform. (Sophia Kishkovsky, The New York Times)

10 December 2011. Ministers won’t back cross-ban Christians: Ex-archbishop condemns “illiberal” assault on faith. (Jonathan Prete, Mail Online)

9 December 2011. Conscientious objection gets step nearer in the north. (Simon Bahceli, Cyprus Mail)

8 December 2011. Could “Arab spring” turn into “Christian winter”? (WCC press release)

8 December 2011. Jehovah’s Witnesses document over 1,000 incidents of religious intolerance since pivotal court ruling. (Grigory Martynov, Jehovah’s Witnesses Official Web Site)

8 December 2011. The Grand Mufti of Ukraine, Sheikh Ahmad Tamimi: Ukraine can unite East and West. (Maria Semenchenko, The Day and Mykola Semena, Simferopol,

8 December 2011. Uzbekistan: Authorities try to stop children attending meetings for worship. (Mushfig Bayram, Forum 18 News Service)

7 December 2011. Hungary threatens religious liberty. (Doug Bandow, Huffington Post)

7 December 2011. Kazakhstan: “The first phase of this work [including harsh new Religion Law restricting freedom of religion or belief] has been fully completed.” (Felix Corley, Forum 18 News Service)

6 December 2011. Yes to reforming the European Court of Human Rights. No to overriding it. (Sigrid Rausing, Liberty Central, The Guradian)

6 December 2011. Catholic priest (aged 81) vows to fight sacking for living with his girlfriend. (Dutch

5 December 2011. Uzbekistan: Illegal prosecutions and punishments. (Mushfig Bayram, Forum 18 News Service)

5 December 2011. OSCE condemns desecration of Jewish cemetery in Kosovo. (AFP via European Jewish Press)

2 December 2011. Faith meets international bureaucracy. (Andrei Zolotov, Jr., Spirit of the Times/RIA Novosti)

2 December 2011. Russia: “This isn’t about freedom of conscience or censorship.” (Felix Corley, Forum 18 News Service)

1 December 2011. Ecumenical Patriarch highlights freedom of religion and minority rights. (World Council of Churches)

1 December 2011. Turkish government shelves reform of policy on conscientious objectors. (Menekse Tokyay for SES Türkiye via Turkish Weekly)

30 November 2011. Atheists say EU privileging religious leaders over non-believers. (Leigh Phillips, EU Observer)

30 November 2011. Turkey: The new Constitution drafting process and freedom of religion or belief. (Mine Yildirim, Forum 18 News Service)

29 November 2011. Krishna holy book faces ban in Tomsk. (Alexander Bratersky, The Moscow Times)

29 November 2011. Frank Furedi on the EU. (Question Everything essays)

29 November 2011. Kazakhstan: “The state doesn’t interfere in religious communities’ internal affairs”? (Felix Corley and Mushfig Bayram, Forum 18 News Service)

27 November 2011. Two new religious symbols cases to come before the European Court of Human Rights:  one from Germany and one from Romania. (European Humanist Federation)

27 November 2011. Human rights not applicable to all. (Pamela Hansen, The Malta Independent Online)

26 November 2011. Religious freedom for China’s future. (Bernardo Cervellera,

24 November 2011. Uzbekistan: Conscientious objectors face indefinite prison sentence for refusing to renounce faith. (Jehovah’s Witnesses press release)

24 November 2011. Kazakhstan: New draft regulations outline official religious censorship. (Felix Corley, Forum 18 News Service)

24 November 2011. French court acquits 2 Opus Dei followers of forcing disciple to work. (Associate Press via The Washington Post)

24 November 2011. Kazakhstan: “Inform on a daily basis between 2 pm and 4 pm”. (Felix Corley, Forum 18 News Service)

24 November 2011. ECHR ruling: Firewworks displays close to home in Malta not a breach of rights. (The Malta Independent Online) [Case of Zammit Maempel v. Malta]

23 November 2011. European Court protects rights of conscientious objectors in Turkey. (Jehovah’s Witnesses press release)

23 November 2011. European judge slams UK ‘xenophobia.’ (Owen Bowcott, The Guardian)

23 November 2011. Kazakhstan: Not banned, merely “recommends refraining from inviting.” (Felix Corley, Forum 18 News Service)

22 November 2011. Church of England says ‘no’ to bill of rights. (Christian Today)

22 November 2011. Landmark ruling on conscientious objection. (Işıl Cinmen, bianet)

22 November 2011. Brussels: The new capital of Eurabia. (Soeren Kern, Hudson New York)

21 November 2011. EU Council warns UK on human rights. (Council of Europe, Press TV)

21 November 2011. Don’t push your luck, UK top judge tells Euro court in new ‘rights’ showdown. (Steve Doughty, Mail Online)

20 November 2011. Turks of Western Thrace still struggle right rights, recognition. (Aydin, Albayrak, Today’s Zaman)

19 November 2011. It’s not just our leaders who are in a crisis. Democracy itself is failing. (Peter Beaumont, The Guardian)

19 November 2011. Human rights — a very flawed concept. (Jeff Taylor, The Economic Voice

18 November 2011. The pope and the EC president — What’s the truth about their relationship? (National Secular Society)

17 November 2011. Kazakhstan: “Those who initiated and adopted such laws will answer before Allah.” (Felix Corley and Mushfig Bayram, Forum 18)

16 November 2011. Swiss Raelian sect in EU rights court over alien posters. (The Local: Switzerland’s News in English)

16 November 2011. Azerbaijan: Baku takes controversial stand against Iranian meddling. (Shahin Abbasov,

15 November 2011. UK courts following European human rights rulings too strictly, warn judges. (Owen Bowcot, The Guardian)

11 November 2011. Guest post on British ECHR reform plans. (Post of Ed Bates on Antoine Buyse’s ECHR Blog)

11 November 2011. Turkey’s Armenians reconsecrate 16th century church building. (Barbara G. Baker, Compass Direct News)

11 November 2011. EU Charter creating ‘confusion’ on human rights. (Valentina Pop,

11 November 2011. Tony Blair says religion in the public realm is vital. (Tony Blair Faith Foundation)

11 November 2011. Kazakhstan: Prison mosques, churches, and prayer rooms closed down. (Felix Corley, Forum 18 News Service)

10 November 2011. Parliamentary Assembly issues report: Combating all forms of discrimination based on religion.

9 November 2011. The chapel in the heart of the European Quarter: a sign of life and hope. (Ilsemarie Weiffen rscj, europeinfos)

9 November 2011. Human Rights Without Frontiers publishes “EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA): A Reality Check.” (Peter Zoehrer, Religious Freedom)

8 November 2011. Church-backed abortion bill sparks protest in Russian. (Alissa de Carbonnel, Reuters)

8 November 2011. Cairo’s Christians worry about Egypt’s next chapter. (David Ignatius, The Washington Post)

7 November 2011. A Brit takes over at the European Court of Human Rights – The Human Rights Roundup. (Melina Padron, UK Human Rights Blog)

7 November 2011. Russian terror law’s wide reach. (Sophia Kishkovsky, Khaleej Times)

7 November 2011. Uzbekistan: New haj pilgrimage, same old restrictions. (Mushfig Bayram, Forum 18 News Service)

6 November 2011. Women & Islam: The rise and rise of the convert [in the U.K.]. (Richard Reppiatt, The Independent via Worldwide Religious News)

6 November 2011.  Greece: Court oath breaches human rights. (

4 November 2011. S. H. and Others v. Austria: A victory for family and state sovereignty on moral matters before the European Court of Human Rights. (Grégor Puppinck, European Centre for Law and Justice)

3 November 2011. Russian terror law has unlikely targets. (Sophia Kishkovsky, The New York Times)

3 November 2011. Russia: Sentence against Jehovah’s Witness follower violates human rights obligations. (

3 November 2011. A call for reform: Azerbaijan’s repression of controversial lawyers. (Sarah Paulsworth, The Jurist)

3 November 2011. Russian court issues guilty verdict despite lack of evidence. (Jehovah’s Witnesses Official Media Web Site)

3 November 2011. Russian court finds Jehovah’s Witness leader guilty of extremism. (JohnThomas Didymus, Digital Journal)

3 November 2011. Economic climate a breeding ground for cults, says French politician in Australia. (Leesha McKinney, Sydney Morning Herald)

3 November 2011. UK government lifts ban on gay civil partnerships in churches. (Christian Today)

2 November 2011. Uzbekistan: Did authorities block Russian Patriarch’s visit? (Felix Corley, Forum 18 News Service)

1 November 2011. Russia : Legislative Analysis of Ministry of Justice Proposed Amendments to the 1997 Religion Law. (The Institute on Religion & Public Policy)

2 November 2011. Special Rapporteur calls on States to embrace inter-religious dialogue as means to fight intolerance. (International Service for Human Rghts)

1 November 2011. Azerbaijan: Up to five years’ imprisonment for uncensored religious literature? (Felix Corley, Forum 18 News Service)

31 October 2011. Cyprus condemns Turkish violations of human rights to the UN. (Famagusta Gazette)

28 October 2011. Russia: Fined for meeting for worship. (Felix Corley, Forum 18 News Service

28 October 2011. New complaint to the European Court about crosses and religious celebrations in Austrian public Kindergartens. (National Secular Society UK)

27 October 2011. Priorities of the United Kingdom Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe (include reform of the European Court of Human Rights) (Committe of Ministers, Ministers’ Deputies Information Documents)

27 October 2011. Uzbekistan: “8 or 9 out of every 10 confiscated religious books is Muslim.” (Mushfig Bayram, Forum 18 News Service)

25 October 2011. A grown-up speech on human rights reform. (Adam Wagner, UK Human Rights Blog)

24 October 2011. Russia: Orthodox diocese resists evangelical politician. ( (14.10.2011) / HRWF (24.10.2011 via CAP)

24 October 2011. EU commission accused [by European Humanist Federation] of ‘failing to comply’ with Lisbon treaty [in neglect of dialogue with non-confessional organizations]. (Martin Banks, The

24 October 2011. Russia: Raids on meetings for worship increasing?  (Felix Corley, Forum 18 News Service)

23 October 2011. Can Britain “ignore Europe on human rights”? (Adam Wagner, UK Human Rights Blog)

21 October 2011. Religious liberty skirmishes at Third Committee meeting. (Stefano Gennarini, Turtle Bay and Beyond)

21 October 2011. Kazakhstan: Application to join Venice Commission on day laws violating human rights commitments signed. (Mushfig Bayram and Felix Corley, Forum 18 News Service)

20 October 2011. British courts ‘not bound by Europe’, says senior jugde. (Channel 4 News [UK])

19 October 2011. Why no-one can touch Europe’s Human Rights judges. (Jack Doyle, MailOnline)

19 October 2011. Kazakhstan: Laws enforced although not yet in force. (Mushfig Bayram, Forum 18 News Service)

19 October 2011. Azerbaijan refuses reregistration for Jehovah’s Witnesses. (

19 October 2011. Catholic grandmother to take fight over BBC licence fee to European Court of Human Rights. (

18 October 2011. Belarus: “It’s not a crime if believers worship in my house.” (Olga Glace, Forum 18 News Service)

18 October 2011. New rules on religious freedom put at risk Kazakhstan’s Catholic Church. (

18 October 2011. Religious discrimination banned in Egypt. (Katherine Weber, The Christian Post)

17 October 2011. Islamic extremist group kills another Christian in Nigeria. (Compass Direct News

14 October 2011. Palikot wants cross out of parliament. (Veronika Joy, Warsaw Business Journal)

14 October 2011. NSS publish European Court of Human Rights intervention. (Keith Porteus Wood, National Secular Society)

14 October 2011. Russia: New sentences, raids, criminal cases. (Felix Corley, Forum 18 News Service)

13 October 2011. Poland’s PM plans to form new government by Nov. 22; lashes out at rising left-wing leader’s demand to remove Christian cross from parliament. (Associated Press via The Washington Post

13 October 2011. Kazakhstan: President signs two laws restricting freedom of religion or belief. (Felix Corley, Forum 18 News Service)

12 October 2011. Graphic image fuels push to protect Turkish women. (Marc Champion & Ayla Albayrak, The Wall Street Journal)

12 October 2011.  UK: High court appeal for imprisoned Navy conscientious objector. More at A conscience test case at the Royal Courts of Justice. (Ekklesia

12 October 2011. ‘I’d rather go to jail than pay BBC a penny’: Devout Catholic gran refuses to pay TV licence fee over ‘deeply offensive’ show. (Chris Parsons, The Daily Mail)

11 October 2011. Wrong to penalise Christian registrar, consultation finds. (The Christian Institute)

10 October 2011. Egypt: Peaceful protest ends with more than 40 dead. (Christian Solidarity Worldwide)

10 October 2011. Ireland rejects UN recommendations on abortion. (Ruadhán Mac Cormaic, The Irish Times)

10 October 2011. Russia: Ministry of Justice proposed amendments to law toughening requirements on religious organizations. (Andrei Melnikov, Nezavismaia gazeta, via Willy Fautré, Human Rights Without Frontiers)

10 October 2011. Russia: “How can a believer light a match to destroy holy books?” (Felix Corley, Forum 18 News Service)

9 October 2011. “No problem with secularism in writing new [Turkey] constitution.” (Levent Kenez, Sunday’s Zaman)

7 October 2011. Bideford councils told to stop praying before meetings. (National Secular Society, UK)

7 October 2011. EU to defend freedom of religion and secular democracy in its external policies. (The European Parliament Platform for Secularism in Democracy)

7 October 2011. Russian government tries to prohibit free religious activity. ( via Russia Religion News, Stetson University)

7 October 2011.  Tajikistan: Creeping implementation of Parental Responsibility Law.  (Mushfig Bayram, Forum 18 News Service)

6 October 2011.  A Catholic turnabout on abortion or more sympathy for the bishops? (Daniel C. Maguire, Religious Dispatches)

6 October 2011. Turkey: What does Turkey’s Restitution Decree mean?  (Mine Yildirim and Dr. Otmar Oehring, Forum 18 News Service)

5 October 2011. Churches in Geneva support migrant communities. (Naveen Qayyum, World Council of Churches)

5 October 2011. Uzbekistan: “We are a free country.”  (Mushfig Bayram, Forum 18 News Service)

4 October 2011. Economy Watch Exposé: Europe’s far right — Fueled by Islamophobia? (David Smith, Economy Watch)

3 October 2011.  Crete rules sharing of beliefs criminal: Court affirms jails sentence for pastor who explained Christianity. (3 October 2011)

3 October 2011.  Azerbaijan criticized by Council of Europe official on rights.  (Radio Free Europe Radio Liberty)

2 October 2011. U.K. government to save Year of our Lord from BBC’s ‘Common Era.’ (Chris Hastings, The Daily Mail)

29 September 2011.  The make-up of modern Britain: 70% of us claim to be Christians … and only 1.5% are gay.  (Steve Doughty, DailyMailOnline)

29 September 2011.  Kazakhstan: Two repressive new laws sent to President for signature. (Felix Corley, Religion News Service)

28 September 2011.  Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) submits intervention to ECtHR on religious discrimination in the workplace.  (  [EHRC Consultation Response Summary] [EHRC Submission to ECtHR]

27 September 2011.  Police to British cafe:  Don’t show Bible DVD.  (Michael Foust, Baptist Press)

27 September 2011.  Kazakhstan: “A new wave of percution has begun once more.”  (Felix Corley, Forum 18 News Service)

26 September 2011.  A new law — foreign religious leaders will be able to obtain a permit for temporary residence in Ukraine. (Translation by Svitlana Sydorenko, Institute for Religious Freedom)

23 September 2011.  Kazakhstan: Parliamentary adoption of restrictive laws imminent?  (Felix Corley, Forum 18 News Service)

22 September 2011. Muslim women flout French ban of veil.  (Elaine Ganley, Associated Press via The Deseret News)

22 September 2011.  Two Opus Dei members tried in French court.  (Dorothee Moisan, AFP)

22 September 2011. Turkmenistan: Maximum sentence for latest conscientious objector. (Felix Corley, Forum 18 News Service)

22 September 2011.  Niqab women fined by French Court. (Angelique Chrisafis, The

22 September 2011. Jehovah’s Witnesses in Ukraine face illegal seizure of property. (

21 September 2011.  Kazakhstan: Two repressive laws heading through Parliament at “unprecedented” speed. (Felix Corley, Forum 18 News Service)

20 September 2011.  Kazakhstan: “To prepare the public for a discriminatory new law.”  (Mushfig Bayram, Forum 18 News Service)

19 September 2011.  Futher accommodation for religious conscience ‘unacceptable’ says Porteous Wood. (Solicitor’s Journal)

19 September 2011.  Now in England: Plans to redefine marriage.  (The Christian Institute

19 September 2011.  Religious groups call on Turkey government to draft secular constitution. (Yonca Poyraz Doğan, Today’s Zaman)

17 September 2011.  Gay marriage ‘to be made legal in Britain by 2015’.  (Daniel Martin and Tim Shipman, Mail Online)

16 September 2011.  Paris ban on Muslim street prayers comes into effect.  (BBC News Europe)

16 September 2011.  Kazakhstan:  “They are not real imams.” (Musfig Bayram, Forum 18 News Service

15 September 2011. NSS intervention at European Court aims to protect equality laws from religious onslaught.  (National Secular Society)

12 September 2011.  Russia: “Unfortunately the judge did not agree with the prosecutor.”  (Felix Corley, Forum 18 News Service)

12 September 2011.  Turkey moves to reconcile with non-Muslim minorities.  (Dorian Jones, Radio Free Europe)

11 September 2011.  General point in relation to the EHRC intervention in ECtHR human rights cases.  (Niel Addison, Religion Law Blog)

10 September 2011.  German court says Catholic hospital must rehire divorced doctor. (Niels Sorrells, Religion News Service, via The Washington Post)

9 September 2011.  Uzbekistan: Religious fines lead to travel bans.  (Mushfig Bayram, Forum 18 News Service)

9 September 2011.  Proven rules for a hope-filled future (Catholic-Muslim dialogue).  (EuropeInfos)

9 September 2011.  [ECtHR] judges are biased against Christians, says archbishop.  (Simon Caldwell,

8 September 2011.  OSCE meeting in Rome to discuss prevention of hate crimes against Christians.  Conference agenda here.

8 September 2011. Galliano gets $8,400 fine for anti-Semitic rants. (Nick Vinocur and Thierry Leveque, Reuters, via Chicago Tribune)

8 September 2011.  Video: Tory peers send “equality law” warning. (The Christian Institute)

8 September 2011. Upholding Justice: Catholicos Aram I sends letter to Erdogan.  (

7 September 2011.  “Missing” Brazilian found copying holy texts in Siberia.  (Alexandra Odynova, The Moscow Times)

6 September 2011.  Kazakhstan: New proposed restrictions on religion reach parliament.  (Felix Corley, Forum 18 News Service)

5 September 2011.  Turkmenistan: You’re not going on a summer holiday.  (Felix Corley, Forum 18 News Service)

2 September 2011.  Judge dismisses lawsuit against Vatican. (

2 September 2011. European Court expected to drop minority property cases. (Today’s Zaman)

2 September 2011.  Kazakhstan: New religion law “to bring order to our house.”  (Felix Corley and Mushfig Bayram, Forum 18 News Service)

1 September 2011.  Their properties have been given back, but what about seized foundations?  (Orhan Kemal Cengiz, Today’s Zaman)

1 September 2011.  Armenian Assembly statement on Turkish government’s announcement.  (

1 September 2011.  Kazakhstan: Protest preacher expelled for preaching in his own church.  (Mushfig Bayram, Forum 18 News Service)

31 August 2011.  Russia: “The fantasy of the special services.”  (Felix Corley, Forum 18 News Service)

30 August 2011.  Turkey overturns historic property seizures.  (Compass Direct News)

29 August 2011.  Russia’s harassment of Jehovah’s Witnesses continues with police raids in Taganrog.  (Jehovah’s Witnesses Press Release)

29 August 2011.  Erdoğan vows equality for all non-Muslims in Turkish law.  (Today’s Zaman)

28 August 2011.  Turkey to return confiscated property.  (Suzan Fraser, Associated Press via

26 August 2011.  Uzbekistan: More fines, physical abuse, and religious literature destruction.  (Mushfig Bayram, Forum 18 News Service)

25 August 2011.  ECHR articles in the newest HRLR.  (Antoine Buyse, ECHR Blog)

25 August 2011.  Azerbaijan: Victims to challenge ‘exorbitant’ fines to Strasbourg.  (Felix Corley, Forum 18 News Service)

25 August 2011.  Broadcasting and freedom of expression, UK. (International Law Office)

23 August 2011.  Summer Harvest of (ECHR/ECtHR) Academic Articles. (Antoine Buyse, ECHR Blog)

23 August 2011.  Turkey:  Changes in school religious education fail to solve fundamental problems.  (Mine Yildirim, Forum 18 News Service)

22 August 2011.  Equality and Human Rights Commission reverses position on religious cases intervention.  (Adam Wagner, U.K. Human Rights Blog)

21 August 2011. Shariah abolished for Greek Muslims.  (Lia Pavlou, The Greek Reporter)

20 August 2011. Reversing the decay of London undone.  (Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, The Wall Street Journal)

19 August 2011.  Outsourcing Justice: Russia and the ECHR — OpEd (James Kimer, Eurasia Revew)

19 August 2011.  Article on judicial tactics in the European Court of Human Rights.  (Antoine Buyse, ECHR Blog)

18 August 2011.  A new page of history is written. (Martin Bucer Seminar (Bonner Querschnitte), International Institute for Religious Freedom)

18 August 2011.  Equality watchdog drops plan to protect religious rights.  (Tim Ross, The Telegraph)

17 August 2011.  French businessman pays Belgium face veil fines.  (Ben Deighton and Elizabeth Piper, Reuters)

16 August 2011.  Are human rights to blame for the riots?  (Adam Wagner, UK Human Rights Blog)

16 August 2011.  EHRC launches consultation on submissions in religious discrimination case.  (Laura Chamberlain, Personnel Today)

16 August 2011.  Tajikistan:  Ban on children in worship “once Ramadan is over”?  (Felix Corley, Forum 18 News Service)

14 August 2011.  Hungary pressured to revoke controversial church law.  (Stefan J. Bos, Worldwide Religious News)

14 August 2011.  Amid rise of multiculturalism, Dutch confront their questions of identity.  (Steven Erlanger, New York Times)

13 August 2011.  A ‘Christian’ Europe without Christianity. (David Gibson, Religion News Service via the Huffington Post)

12 August 2011.  European court allows ADF to intervene in multiple UK religious discrimination cases; former Slovakian prime minister will join ADF in defending rights of conscience.  (Press Release, Alliance Defense Fund)

11 August 2011.  United Nations affirms the human right to blaspheme.  (Austin Dacey, Religion Dispatches)

8 August 2011.  Having a satellite dish ‘is a human right,’ says European court.  (Ian Drury, Mail Online)

6 August 2011.  Dangers of belief-based workplace opt-outs.  (Savi Hensman, Ekklesia)

5 August 2011.  Armenian government approves payment to Bayatyan applicant as ordered by the ECtHR.  (

5 August 2011.  National Secular Society given leave to intervene at ECHR in religious discrimination cases.  (NSS Press Release) 

5 August 2011.  MP support for Christians sparks anger in gay-rights groups.  (Dartmouth Chronicle)

4 August 2011.  Russia’s courts of last resort (European Court of Human Rights and The English High Court).  (Alan Riley, Opinion, New York Times)

4 August 2011.  Belarus:  “Inmates are afraid of exercising their religious freedom rights.”  (Olga Glace, Forum 18 News Service)

3 August 2011.  United Nations adopts the ECLJ’s recommendations, Shari’a law restrictions prohibited.  (Tiffany Barans, ACLJ/United Nations)

3 August 2011.  Legitimising intolerance?  (Farah Khalid Khan, The Nation – Pakistan)

3 August 2011.  Tajikistan bars minors from entering mosques.  (Associated Press)

2 August 2011.  Italy ‘burqa ban’ approved by parliamentary committee. (

2 August 2011. Uzbekistan: “Spiritually rich and for freedom of conscience and religion”?  (Mushfig Bayram, Forum 18 News Service)

1 August 2011. An in-depth discussion for JCU International Communication Institute’s Third Forum: Freedom of Expression, Democracy, and Religion. (John Cabot University Press Release)

28 July 2011.  Kazakhstan: “One nation – one religion”?  (Musfig Bayram, Forum 18 News Service)

27 July 2011. The Alevis’ new Westward strategy. (Sedat Ergin, Hürriyet Daily News)

27 July 2011.  Azerbaijan:  Warned for meeting without state permission, legal status applications still delayed. (Felix Corely, Forum 18 News Service)

26 July 2011. Commentary: Bayatyan – a European Court judgment with an impact far beyond Armenia. (Derek Brett, Conscience and Peace Tax International, Forum 18 News Service)

25 July 2011.  Norwegian Adventist leader says hate must not prevail following attacks.  (Adventist News Network)

25 July 2011. MP Mike Hancock withdraws from religious motion after ‘homophobic’ row.  (Rory O’Keefe, The Portsmouth News)

25 July 2011.  Vatican recalls ambassador to Ireland amid uproar.  (Victor Simpson, Associated Press)

25 July 2011.  Russia: Criminal cases against “unknown persons” lodged “to prevent lawyers ‘meddling'”?  (Felix Corley, Forum 18 News Service)

22 July 2011.  French alarm over threats to separation of church and state.  (National Secular Society, UK)

22 July 2011. Opposes resolution on Turkish genocide. (Nermin Kitaplioglu,

22 July 2011.  Labour MP: Compromises for anti-gay staff are “outrageous.” (Jessica Gray, PinkNews)

July 2011, Roundtable Discussion. Would an official Sunday “day of rest” alienate believers who observe a different day of worship?  (Liberty Magazine)

21 July 2011.  Tajikistan: “Religious activity is only banned up to the age of 18.” (Felix Corley, Forum 18 News Service)

20 July 2011. Banning burqa and niqab will lead to further discrimination says human-rights body. (Cillian Donnelly, New Europe)

20 July 2011.  Penalising women who wear the burqa does not liberate them.  (Thomas Hammarberg, Commissioner.cws.coe)

20 July 2011.  A leap of faith? (Alasdair Henderson, UK Human Rights Blog)

19 July 2011.  Russia: “Extremism” prosecutions continue, but Supreme Court advises caution.  (Felix Corley, Forum 19 News Service)

19 July 2011.  Equal under the law unless …. (Judge Luigi Totsi appeals to the European Court of Human Rights).  (Angelo van Schaik, Radio Netherlands Worldwide)

18 July 2011.  The Institute on Religion and Public Policy calls on the President of Hungary not to sign newly adopted religion law.  (THE INSTITUTE press release)

18 July 2011.  Some thoughts on the current crisis of the concept of “religious liberty.” (Grégor Puppinck, Turtle Bay and Beyond

18 July 2011.  Austrian court okays head-colander in driver’s license: Is Pastafarianism becoming a religion?  (Joseph Laycock, Religion Dispatches)

18 July 2011.  MPs:  Equality body’s defence of religious liberty ‘long overdue.’  (The Christian Institute)

15 July 2011.  Irish government plans frontal assault on confessional secrecy.  (

14 July 2011.  Belgium to enforce burqa ban from next week.  (RET News)

23 June 2011. The Netherlands to abandon multiculturalism. (Soeren Kern, Gatestone Institute)

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4 April 2012. Minorities have the right to freedom of religion and worship, former Nepal king says. (Kalpit Parajuli,

4 April 2012. Muslim societies debate religion and the civil state. (Imtiyaz Yusuf, The Nation [Thailand])

3 April 2012. Drive to release rights attorney in China. (Edward Ross, Compass Direct News via Crosswalk)

3 April 2012. My spirit is American (a religious manifesto) — OpEd. (Mondoweiss, Eurasia Review)

3 April 2012. Death of a pope: The worsening…