Scientology TV launches news season, including European content 🗺

Los Angeles (CA) – Tonight, Monday, October 8, 2018 at 8 pm the Scientology Network begins its second season with more than 60 new episodes showing every aspect of the world’s youngest major religion and its global humanitarian mission.

Since launching on March 12 with more than 70 hours of programming, the Scientology Network has been viewed in 237 countries and territories worldwide in 17 languages spotlighting the lives of Scientologists; showing the Church as a global organization; and presenting its social betterment programs that have touched the lives of millions.

The network has been praised for shattering the paradigm of religious broadcasting, ushering in a new era that shows a religion in action, making the world better. The Scientology Network doesn’t preach but, instead, through its dynamic selection of programs, simply shows the religion, its members and its work, so that viewers can see for themselves and this new Fall season includes also European content.

The network also uniquely features the good works of those across all major faiths, while providing a platform for independent filmmakers www.scientology.tv/series/documentary-showcase/  to air poignant, uplifting films on important social issues that underscore the goodness of the human spirit and show how determined individuals can make a difference.

The new season will launch with a three-hour special featuring programs across the channel’s spectrum of content, including:

Inside Scientology as it goes behind the scenes at Scientology Media Productions, where all television programming is produced and broadcast.

Meet a Scientologist spotlighting an acclaimed Emmy Award-winning television and film composer.

Destination: Scientology goes inside the Church of Scientology in the heart of New York City.

Voices for Humanity shows the efforts of a courageous champion for drug education who takes on New Jersey’s addiction crisis.

Is It Possible to Be Happy?, the landmark article in L. Ron Hubbard’s own voice.

For more information on the network debut, click here: https://www.scientology.tv/news/new-scientology-network-season-debuts.html

You can see the Scientology Network on DirecTV channel 320 or through live streaming via www.scientology.tv or:

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Church of Scientology partners for the launch event of the European Faith and Freedom Summit

BRUSSELS—On June 28 at the Solvay Library, situated just behind the European Parliament in the Parc Leopold, a large group of faith and government representatives met in what has been termed the launch of the Faith and Freedom Summit.

The European Office of the Church of Scientology for Public Affairs and Human Rights has been partnering with NGOs and the Alliance of Conservative and Reformists in Europe (3rd EU political party) to organize this non-partisan launch event of the Faith and Freedom Summit.

Official photo of the Vatican with Bishop Schirrmacher and Pope Francis © L’Osservatore Romano

So much hope was placed upon this conference to address and resolve the divisions caused by intolerance that Archbishop Dr. Thomas Schirrmacher from the World Evangelical Alliance attended just after meeting with Pope Francis in Rome to receive the personal blessings of the Pontiff and his wishes for the Summit’s success.

The 80 participants—religious leaders and scholars, human rights advocates, members of the European Parliament, and other leaders from throughout Europe—included representatives from the United States and from as far away as Indonesia.

Richard Milsom, Chief Executive of the Alliance of Conservatives and Reformists in Europe, introduced the conference and the importance to act now with reference to Freedom of Religion or Belief (FoRB), especially in light of the upcoming 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in December.

His speech was followed by a video address from Dr. Ahmed Shaheed, U.N. Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief, who spoke on the importance of European external and internal policies in regard to the freedom of religion or belief. He asked every Member of the European Parliament to sign the pledge of the Faith and Freedom Summit campaign that reads:

“I pledge that I will uphold and defend the freedom of conscience and religion of all individuals by rejecting and speaking out against bigotry, discrimination, harassment and violence; and so build a more equitable society for all.”

Panel discussions focused on the need for implementation of bold policies committed to freedom of religion or belief. These panels discussed what could and should be done to strengthen application of these policies to ensure these benefits carry through to every individual in the European Union.

During his keynote speech, Jan Figel, EU Special Envoy for the promotion of freedom of religion or belief outside the European Union, declared:

“For the sake of our external credibility we need to show coherence in external and internal policy”

Figel also exposed the different types of religiofobias that can be found, despite of all efforts so far, Europe, and how looking into the internal issues will help to protect FoRB in the rest of world.

 

According to Article 9 of the European Convention on Human Rights: “Freedom to manifest one’s religion or beliefs shall be subject only to such limitations as are prescribed by law and are necessary in a democratic society in the interests of public safety, for the protection of public order, health or morals, or for the protection of the rights and freedoms of others”, and in this regards, the statements of the different keynote speakers could not be more relevant.

In the beginning of afternoon, it was the turn of Salvatore Martinez, Rep of the Italian presidency at OSCE for Freedom of Religion, to say in a moving keynote speech:

“The denial of freedom of religion put at risks the most basic rights of everyone, and when this denial concerns a whole religious community, it endangers peace and security between states themselves. Freedom of religion must also be respected in its collective dimension.”

 

The impressive list of speakers and panellists made it maybe the most important event on Freedom of Religion that happened in Brussels since decades. The list included:

Amjad Bashir MEP, Member of the Foreign Affairs Committee, European Parliament; Sam Brownback, U.S. Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom; Congressman Bob McEwen, Former Member, American Delegation to the European Parliament; Bashy Quraishy, Secretary General of EMISCO (European Muslim Initiative for Social Cohesion); Ivan Espinosa de los Monteros, Director of International Affairs for VOX (Spanish political party); Dr. Eli Nacht, Official Representative of International Committee of Human Rights in Israel; Patricia Duval, Human Rights Attorney; Willy Fautre, Director of Human Rights Without Frontiers International; Dr Aaron Rhodes, President of the Forum for Religious Freedom-Europe; Professor Marco Ventura, Professor of Law & Religion at University of Siena; Hans Noot, Director of the Gerard Noodt Foundation; Ivan Arjona, President of the European Office of the Church of Scientology for Public Affairs and Human Rights; Greg Mitchell, Co-Chair, International Religious Freedom Roundtable; Vincent Berger, Former Jurisconsult of European Court of Human Rights; Archibishop Thomas Schirrmacher, President of the International Society for Human Rights; Dr. Juan Ferreiro Galguera, Professor of Law and Religion, University of A Coruña; Rosita Soryte, Lithuanian diplomat, President of the International Observatory of Religious Liberty of Refugees; Kristina Arriaga de Bucholz, USCIRF Commissioner and Vice-Chairwoman of the Commission; Dr. Alessandro (Alex) Amicarelli, Chairman of the European Federation for Freedom of Belief (FOB); Martin Weightman, Director of the All Faiths Network in the UK; Adina Portaru, Legal Counsel for ADF International in Belgium

In a final keynote speech, Eric Roux, Vice President of the European Office of the Church of Scientology for Public Affairs and Human Rights, delivered the following message:

“Freedom of religion or belief has no religion. It has no political side. What people believe is their most ultimate freedom. Their link to God, or to the ultimate sense of life, and the expression of these inner beliefs are the most profound richness of a human being. That is why freedom of religion or belief must be fought for all, always, with no consideration of whatever faith one chooses.”

The faith and Freedom Summit will continue as a global campaign. The pledge of the Summit will be soon open for signatures for all, and especially for candidates to the 2019 European Parliament elections. Follow-up at www.faithandfreedomsummit.eu.

The event organized by ACRE was co-sponsored by the Church of Scientology, the Foundation for the Improvement of Life, Culture and Society, the Coordiantion of Associations and People for Freedom of Conscience, and the UK based All Faiths Network.

The European Office of the Church of Scientology for Public Affairs and Human Rights is registered with number 872253227782-36 since 18/07/2017 in “Section V – Organisations representing churches and religious communities” of the European Transparency Register. Scientology is a recognized religion in many of the European systems already and by the European Court of Human Rights, and participates in the Civil Society Platform of the Fundamental Rights Agency of the European Union.

 

 

28 June – EU Faith and Freedom Summit 🗓 🗺

Attend the upcomming Summit on “FAITH AND FREEDOM SUMMIT: Practicing what we preach in Europe”.

 

 

Among the speakers you will find:

  • Dr. Ahmed Shaheed – Special Rapporteur on human rights to UN Human Rights Council
  • Jan Figel – EU Special Envoy for Freedom of Religion or Belief outside the EU
  • Salvatore Martinez – Personal Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office 2018 on Combatting Racism, Xenophobia and Discrimination, Intolerance and Discrimination against Christians and Members of other Religions
  • Bashy Quraishy – Secretary General of EMISCO
  • Dr. Ahmed Shaheed – Special Rapporteur on human rights to UN Human Rights Council
  • Dr. Eli Nacht – Official Representative of International Committee of Human Rights in Israel
  • Patricia Duval – Human Rights Attorney
  • Willy Fautre – Director of Human Rights Without Frontiers International
  • Sam Brownback – U.S. Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom
  • Aaron Rhodes – President of the Forum for Religious Freedom-Europe
  • Marco Ventura – Professor of Law & Religion at University of Siena
  • Hans Noot – Director of the Gerard Noodt Foundation
  • Greg Mitchell – Co-Chair, International Religious Freedom Roundtable
  • Vincent Berger – Former Jurisconsult of European Court of Human Rights
  • Thomas Schirrmacher – President of the International Society for Human Rights
  • Rev. Eric Roux – Vice-President of the European Office of the Church of Scientology for Public Affairs and Human Rights
  • Ivan Arjona-Pelado – President and Director General of the European Office of the Church of Scientology for Public Affairs and Human Rights
  • Dr. Juan Ferreiro-Galguera – Professor of Law and Religion, University of A Coruña
  • Rosita Soryte – Lithuanian diplomat, President of the International Observatory of Religious Liberty of Refugees

 

It is with great pleasure that I would like to invite you to participate in the inaugural “Faith and Freedom” Summit that will take place in Brussels on June 28th, 2018.

With the 2019 European elections in sight, we believe that the time has come to address Freedom of Religion or Belief as an important topic to be tackled in the EU.
Hosted by ACRE, The Faith and Freedom Summit, is a cross-party initiative, and will involve politicians from all sides, as well as several civil society stakeholders.

We, as others, are committed to freedom of religion or belief, and we believe that the EU has more to do with it than only tackling it in its external relations, as it is the case nowadays. If we want to have a legitimate influence outside of the EU border, we must be beyond reproach within our borders. And this is simply not the case in the present time.

We strongly believe that EU citizens must enjoy a real freedom of religion or belief, at every level, and that this fundamental right is not given the importance it deserves in the EU institutions, and in the EU instruments to protect the various freedoms of EU citizens.

http://www.acreurope.eu/event/faith_and_freedom_summit

Co-Organizing and sponsoring the summit:

European Coordination for Freedom of ConscienceFundacion Para La MejoraAll Faiths NetworkEuropean Office of the Church of Scientology

Scientology protected by Budapest District Court in front of Hungarian National Security

BLASTINGNEWS.COM Court declares raid and seizure at the Church unlawful, and grants no appeal.

In a significant decision, today the Church won a major victory when the Central District Court of Buda declared that the raid on the Church by the National Bureau of Investigation (NNI) was unlawful.

 As a result, the National Bureau of Investigation (NNI) has to return hundreds of boxes of unlawfully seized documents and IT tools.

Court found raid violated rights

#The Court found that the raid and seizure conducted on October 18, 2017, violated the constitutional rights of the Church by being coercive and restrictive.

The #Church Of Scientology and its legal representatives filed legal objections which were first rejected by the Capital City Prosecutor’s Office but overturned by the Court today which annulled the decision of the NNI and the Public Prosecutor’s Office.

The court emphasised that the investigating authority fundamentally violated the principle of necessity and proportionality as laid down the law. Therefore this court decision may also be of value to other authorities who made the same violations in regards to the Church of Scientology, says lawyer Istvan Szikinger.

“We are very pleased with the court’s decision and we are confident that the entire procedure will be resolved rapidly in our favour, with our constitutionally protected rights fully restored”, said Attila Miklovicz, spokesperson of the Church.

Peaceful demonstrations

Scientologists and friends from all over Europe and including the United States have done many peaceful demonstrations in Budapest, reminding the Hungarians the different atrocities that specific people using the power of governments have done throughout the Hungarian history.

The European Office of the Church of Scientology for Public Affairs and Human Rights, directed by the Ivan Arjona-Pelado, has also been denouncing the situation at the OSCE in Warsaw and to the Human Rights Council of the United Nations, explaining and providing data and facts of the different discrimination acts of which Scientologists have been subject by very specific people within the Hungarian government including from the one who should have been protecting the privacy of Scientologists and all citizens.

The Scientology religion in Hungary was first recognised as such since the beginning of its existence and is one of the very few religions that has managed to survive and keep growing despite the repressive changes that the authorities have done with their law enacted on 2011. Its growth in Europe and worldwide is non-stop and keeps adding new churches and charitable activities all over the world.

The Law on the Right to Freedom of Conscience and Religion was adopted on 12 July, recognising only 14 out of the more than 300 groups that were previously properly registered in Hungary.

Europe was present at the Youth for Human Rights International representatives from 42 nations were a noteworthy pressence at the 2017 International Human Rights Summit at the United Nations

The fourteenth Annual International Human Rights Summit, prepared by Youth for Human Rights International (YHRI), an arm of United for Human Rights, was held at United Nations central station in New York City in August 2017. Approximately 360 individuals from 64 nations, including ambassadors, U.N. diplomats, human rights activists, teachers and agents of nongovernmental associations, participated at the three-day occasion, which was trailed by an open house in the Church of Scientology Community Center in Harlem.

Solidarity IN DIVERSITY The summit included youth activists, chose for their achievements in raising human rights mindfulness.

Youth for Human Rights agents informed envoys and representatives on the fundamental role the Church plays in supporting the YHRI battle.

Diplomats from Cambodia and Panama welcomed YHRI for high-level meetings with their authorities in the ministries of education and those of foreign policy and different offices to examine the potential for receiving human rights programs in the two countries. Furthermore, negotiators from Italy, Ireland, Brazil and Liechtenstein investigated approaches to hold comparable meetings between their states and YHRI.

When a significant part of the world is wracked by a broad refugee crisis, fanatic viciousness and the risky ascent of religious persecution, United for Human Rights proceeds to overwhelmingly reaffirm and protect the fundamental values of human rights in its mission to help bring international rules of social equality.

Standing up Francis-Xavier Kojo Sosu, illustrative of Youth for Human Rights Africa, addresses delegates, lamenting Africa’s human rights infringement.

United for Human Rights, bolstered by the Church of Scientology, works together with government offices and nongovernmental associations to spread mindfulness and execution of the standards revered in the 1948 United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The declaration, which has been translated into more than 500 dialects and tongues, holds that not only are individuals similarly qualified for their human rights wherever they are with no discrimination, yet that their rights—to education, work and equity, for instance—are interrelated, indivisible and interdependent.

At the human rights summit in New York City, YHRI delegates from various foundations worked with each other and exchanged their succesful programs and practices in educating others about human rights in their local areas. Other than direct coaching and on-the-ground information sharing, the representatives met with top-level state authorities from countries extending from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Cuba to France, Ireland and Italy. The authorities imparted their own knowledge and experiences of learning to the adolescents and gave them with a platform that spans internationally.

The founding president of YHRI, Mary Shuttleworth, was the master of ceremonies at the summit, which included roundtables on the overall scourge of human trafficking, and leadership and group activism. Marisol Nichols, performing artist and founder of Foundation for a Slavery Free World, a nonprofit against trafficking, showed a film to the delegates about her covert work to uncover human trafficking.

Previous Costa Rican President Oscar Arias Sánchez, who won the 1987 Nobel Peace Prize for his work in helping put an end to Central American common wars, was the summit’s keynote speaker. Shuttleworth gave Sánchez YHRI’s Human Rights Hero Award.

 

In the Streets of Budapest: Speaking Out for Religious Freedom

BUDAPEST, HUNGARY—Scientologists from 27 nations demonstrated their commitment to religious freedom, joining Hungarian members of their religion in a march through the city to protest illegal government intrusion into the peaceful practice of their faith.

The marchers—1,500 strong, including many friends from other religions—gathered at Deák Ferenc Square in the center of Budapest where a prominent member of the Hungarian Church, Timea Vojtilla, expressed the Scientologists’ determination to overcome all barriers to freedom and to establish genuine religious freedom for everyone.

 

Timea Vojtilla

After citing the nation’s proud legacy of freedom, extending back to the Edict of Torda in 1568—an enlightened statement of religious tolerance—she declared, “We are here to show and demand that our country, Hungary, can return to be the home of religious freedom again.” Based upon a 2011 law that withdrew recognition from all but 14 of 362 religious organizations, the national government has been discriminating against an array of faiths, including non-Catholic Christians, Jews, Muslims, members of Eastern religions, and Scientologists.

Vojtilla then introduced author Istvan Nemere, who spoke passionately about experiences during Hungary’s Communist era, when freedom was savagely suppressed. His message emphasized how vital the cause of religious freedom is to the future of the nation and its people.

Following the speeches, marchers made their way through the streets of Budapest, across the Danube River via the famous Chain Bridge, and on to Alexander Palace, home of the nation’s president.

Actress and humanitarian Ruddy Rodriguez, who flew in from South America to support the demonstrators, spoke about the ever-growing importance in today’s world of working for increased religious tolerance and peace.

Following the speeches, marchers made their way through the streets of Budapest, across the Danube River via the famous Chain Bridge, and on to Alexander Palace, home of the nation’s president.

Processing march over the Danube river

As the procession moved through the streets, actors depicted for onlookers some of history’s most egregious violations of religious tolerance and freedom, such as the Inquisition. Marchers from many countries unfurled their national flags to demonstrate solidarity with the messages of liberty and tolerance, while drums thundered and chants for religious freedom filled the air.

At Alexander Palace, as the historical re-enactors flanked the colorful stage, the president of the Church of Scientology of Hungary, Attila Miklovicz, read a declaration from the Church’s members demanding freedom to practice their religion without governmental hindrance or persecution. It was a strong message that resonated with the attendees of many faiths.

At the close of the event, Timea Vojtilla read each line of the Creed of the Church of Scientology. As she did so, the crowd repeated the words. This was in itself a moving affirmation of freedom and human rights, and a fitting culmination to the march that demonstrated their commitment to stand up for their religion and for freedom itself regardless of any attempt at oppression.

Amsterdarm, recconquering Holland with a new Ideal Church

A Concise History of Amsterdam

Stick to Town center’s canals and bridges Then and Amsterdam drift east to stylish, the growing and studious Knowledge Mile and you’ll reach the fast lane of the creative capitals of Europe of one. The Knowledge Mile signifies a sign of learning and expansion an renewal and the advance guard of Amsterdam’s advancement.

Really, the launching of Amsterdam Church of Scientology Was an extravagant party of understanding, in sense and a contemporary. So it had been, guests and a few 1,300 Scientologists assembled in Amsterdam, October 28, on Saturday, to celebrate the unveiling of a landmark that is striking on the central apex — the Wibautstraat of the area.

In commemorating the occasion the Ecclesiastical chief of the Scientology faith, announced: “Prior to that ribbon drops, let us take a minute to consider your place in biblical history–and of course mythology. For you are sailing windward and seaward, and you skirting headlands. To the contrary, you are out bound on a path to eternity itself.”

The grand opening festivities struck on every notice on the town’s Cultural spectrum, in the timeless defeat of this “Ode to the Amsterdam Canals” into the Suriname drums and digital rendition highlighting the town’s location in fresh century audio folklore. It was a day heralding venture and diversity, led by dignitaries representing the belief.

Reflecting interfaith customs and the improvement of this Since opening its doors in Amsterdam in 21, city was active. One example is that the Chapter of Citizens Commission on Human Rights, which is a force in safeguarding Dutch children’s rights. Their presentation to the UN Committee for the Rights of the Child in the overdrugging of the children of the country, resulted to inquire into the root causes of ADHD’s signs.

Scientologists farther combatted drug abuse from town throughout the supply of over 25,000 Truth About Medicines substances, while L. Ron Hubbard’s universal ethical precepts in How to Happiness have Been spread to the tune of 150,000. The Church is an active voice in interfaith activities, where it champions talk to improve comprehension and bridge differences.

The new facility that is striking serves to expands That the Church’s footprint at town and offers a starting point to expand their outreach out of their location, only minutes by car, bike or subway in the centre of town. Therefore, the 5-story centre is a dazzling new milestone for cooperation and hope to the over 70,000 commuters daily departure by on Wibautstraat.

In support of the message of venture of this center were neighborhood Dignitaries on hand to welcome the Church to its new house, such as Mr. Maarten Lubbers, Chairman, Collectively 1 Amsterdam; Mr. Michael Van Gils, Senior Police Officer, Dutch Regional Police (Ret.) ; Ms. Sheela Vyas, Chair of the Women’s Council of Amsterdam; and Ari Van Buuren, Chairman of the United Religion’s Initiative Netherlands.

Chairman, Maarten Lubbersspoke of the Church As a brand new member to boost the institutes of education, businesses and associations of “the cleverest road” from the Netherlands: “Everybody requires a sanctuary that provides calmness and solitude, with yourself and with your loved ones and friends. But in life, people have tragedies experience reduction and desire and will need to reflect. Along with your house is similar to an extension of this road, the doors are open and the folks are welcome. And I feel that here everybody is going to be satisfied with empathy and be greeted with open arms–since this is a centre that’s genuinely committed to uplifting and inspirational our Dutch society.”

Michael Van Gils, expert and retired authorities officer, Talked into the CCHR motion and its heritage of defending kid’s rights: “With CCHR, I found myself one of a crusade of countless. Here was they’d do it. And you did so all. You went to inform them, ‘our kids deserve.’ You reached over 2,000 physicians, teachers and political leaders together with your message along with the truth… Due to CCHR, kid physicians needed to warn against the prescription of ADHD medication–and that’s permanent shift.”

Ms. Vyas emphasized the Bright future for Amsterdam heralded by the festivities and How to Happiness: “This small book is a really practical instrument to enable individuals to take responsibility for their own lives and the lives of other people around them. It compels them to develop to loving and responsible citizens. And it creates a stone to construct societies upon. Within this time when ethical criteria are declining in Holland and everywhere, individuals need effective tools to teach themselves… Since true schooling isn’t getting certificates but using a ideology into self-empowerment.”

Capping the sense of fresh starts daily celebrated Chairman of the Initiative Netherlands of the United Religion, Buuren, talked of the connection between spirituality and Scientology. “There’s an early Dutch proverb that states: ‘Improve the planet and start with yourself’… We’re needing a counter motion of spirituality, from solitude and isolation. Along with training and your transformation contributes. It’s all about consciousness. You provide a significant contribution to freedom and spiritual consciousness. In the Western civilization, rational thinking and spirituality are very divided–and Scientology reconnects them together again.”

The Church supplies an introduction to Dianetics to people And Scientology, starting with the Public Information Center. Its screens, including over 500 movies, present the customs and beliefs of the Scientology faith and the life and heritage of Founder L. Ron Hubbard.

The Information Center also details the many programs that Scientology supports. They comprise a global human rights education initiative; a far-reaching drug education, rehabilitation and prevention application; a international network of learning and literacy centers, and also the Scientology Volunteer Minister program, that is now the world’s biggest independent relief force.

Scientology congregational is provided for by the Amsterdam Chapel Parties which have Weddings Sunday Services and Naming Ceremonies. It is going to also host events. The centre further includes multiple conference rooms and classrooms, along with an whole wing devoted to Scientology auditing (spiritual counseling).

The Church of Scientology Amsterdam’s opening comes through a London to Milan, period of growth for the faith with 60 Churches of Scientology from Los Angeles to Tampa, Johannesburg into Kaohsiung into Tokyo and Tel Aviv. Those openings have driven expansion for the faith to a speed exceeding the 50 years.

In 2017, openings of new Churches of Scientology have happened in Auckland, New Zealand; the San Fernando Valley, California; Miami, Florida; Copenhagen, Denmark; and also 2 in only the last two months at Birmingham, United Kingdom and Dublin, Ireland.

Church openings are proposed for cultural in the following 12 weeks Epicenters in North America, Latin America, Europe and Africa.

Hungary: Religious Suppression Under the Guise of Data Protection

STATEMENT OF THE CHURCH OF SCIENTOLOGY – Wednesday’s (Oct 18th) raids of the Church of Scientology in Hungary represent an outrageous and wholesale violation of the human rights of Scientologists throughout the country.

These are Communist-era scare tactics being used by the government to harass and discriminate against a peaceful religious group. While there has not been a single example of the Church violating the privacy rights of its parishioners, these government raids have now violated the privacy rights of all members of the Church of Scientology. The most protected information obtained through religious counseling, given on the belief that the Church, as in any other religion, would keep the information confidential, now has been breached by the Hungarian government. The Auditor’s Code of the Church, which predates the Data Protection Law, absolutely prohibits any minister of the Church from divulging any information obtained from a parishioner. The confession is sacrosanct: parishioners know this and the Church of Scientology guards the information given as sacrosanct.

We have repeatedly invited government officials to come inside our doors and see for themselves what goes on inside a Church of Scientology. Instead, they prefer to break down those unlocked doors, abusing and harassing peaceful Scientologists in the practice of their religion. These actions mirror the oppressive abuse of the Communist regime. Church parishioners and staff have been required to sign a document prohibiting them from talking about this outrageous government action for 20 years; this is nothing short of East German Stasi tactics!

The Church of Scientology building is one of the most magnificent buildings in Budapest and is in full compliance with all codes and regulations. The city was ordered to treat Scientology appropriately and instead of doing so has continued to discriminate against the Church the government and has now resorted to physical harassment.

Allegations of “other crimes” are invented. The Church’s books and finances are in order and there have been no incidents of any wrongdoing by Scientologists in Budapest. Indeed, Scientologists have been commended for helping to get people off drugs and for other community outreach programs.

Every new religion has had to fight against discrimination, ignorance and intolerance; Scientology is no exception. The false allegations accompanying today’s totalitarian actions fly in the face of decades of international judicial precedents disproving these very same charges and vindicating the Church. For example, the Church was recently exonerated in Belgium, where an 18-year oppressive investigation was dismissed and the officials who conducted the case were reprimanded.

Moreover, the Church of Scientology is recognized as a bona fide religion throughout the world: In the United States, the Internal Revenue Service recognizes all Churches of Scientology as religious organizations; in Australia, after years of discrimination the Australian High Court decision granting Scientology religious recognition is used by the Australian Charity Commission as the benchmark for the definition of religion; in Italy, the Italian Supreme Court found that the fundraising system used in Churches of Scientology is fairer than that of the Catholic Church; in Spain, after prevailing in one of the longest investigations in that country’s history, the Church was registered as a religious entity; and in the United Kingdom, the Supreme Court has fully recognized Scientology as a religion, overruling a nineteenth century decision to redefine religion in modern terms.

Those responsible for this illegal suppression of and discrimination against the peaceful practice of Scientology will be held legally responsible.

Parliamentarians from 14 countries call on Russia for protecting religious minorities

Council of Europe cross-party initiative: Parliamentarians from 14 European countries call upon Russian government to put an end to religious freedom violations against minorities

On Friday 13 October, 28 parliamentarians at the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, coming from 14 European countries and members of the four main political groups at the Assembly, signed a written declaration published on the Council of Europe’s website, calling respectfully upon the Russian government to intervene to “put an end to violations of the Right to Freedom of Religion or belief of members of religious minorities in Russia”.

 

The declaration reads that “Evangelicals, Lutherans, Baptists, Pentecostals, Methodists, Presbyterians, Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, Scientologists and others have been targeted, with some of their members sentenced to pre-trial imprisonment based on the 2002 Extremist law, while in reality being held for simply engaging in peaceful religious beliefs and activities.”

This declaration, of which signatories are members of national parliaments in Portugal, Spain, Italy, UK, and 10 other countries, appears in a context of strong religious discrimination in Russia, where religious minorities suffer unlawful treatments by some authorities. Recently, Jehovah’s Witnesses, a Christian denomination that rejects violence, has been banned as “extremist,” by a decision of the Supreme court. Protests from Russian human rights defenders have risen throughout the Russian Federation, as discriminatory treatments are increasingly unfair towards Russia’s own citizens.

Recently, Lyudmila Alexeyeva, a very well-known Russian human rights activist whom Putin personally visited on her 90th birthday this year, has published an open letter to the President in the top National magazine the Kommersant, followed by 100 Russian human rights activists, protesting against the unfair treatment of Scientologists in Russia, following the arrest of five of their religious leaders on the spurious charges of “extremism”, based on the law on extremism of 2002, which, according to the European Parliamentarians, “provides no clear definition for the term ‘extremism,’ thus rendering virtually any group or individual vulnerable to political and legal harassment.”

Iván Arjona-Pelado, Director General of the European Office of the Church of Scientology for Public Affairs & Human Rights, warmly welcomed the written declaration, stating to the media that “surely the different religious minorities in Russia feel thankful for the courage shown by the 28 parliamentarians of 14 member states, who are requesting the Russian government to intervene with the authorities that incorrectly applying a law whose spirit was to protect its citizens, but which instead is being used to perpetrate a witch hunt despite the rule of law in the 21st Century”.

Main Source EIFRF: http://www.eifrf-articles.org/Parliamentarians-from-14-countries-call-on…

Scientology representative demands action from OSCE – ODIHR in Warsaw about Russian religious repression

Ivan Arjona at OSCE HDIM 2017

Warsaw, Poland • 15th September 2017 – Oral presentation at the OSCE – ODIHR Meeting of 2017, Working session 9—discussions concerning tolerance and nondiscrimination. From the Church of Scientology Human Rights and Public Affairs Office, Mr. Ivan Arjona presented an oral statement on the urgent need to take action on the Russian Federation for its violation of international human rights covenants and its refusal to abide by decisions of the EU Court of Human Rights.

I call upon OSCE and participant states to facilitate dialogue between the Church of Scientology and the Russian Federation to end the religious freedom crisis and avoid further discrimination against children in the educational system. READ FULL ORAL STATEMENT HERE