Georgia (37th Session)

Georgia

(37th Session)

ADF International is a faith-based legal advocacy organization that protects
fundamental freedoms and promotes the inherent dignity of all people before national
and international institutions. As well as having ECOSOC consultative status with the
United Nations (registered name “Alliance Defending Freedom”), ADF International
has accreditation with the Organization of American States, the European
Commission and Parliament, and is a participant in the FRA Fundamental Rights
Platform.

This report highlights evidence of institutional discrimination and societal violence
against religious minorities in Georgia, and suggests recommendations relating, to inter
alia, to the protection of places of worship and the safeguarding of freedom of
movement for people of all religious groups and none.

Austria (37th Session)

Austria

(37th Session)

ADF International is a faith-based legal advocacy organization that protects fundamental freedoms and promotes the inherent dignity of all people before national and international institutions. As well as having ECOSOC consultative status with the United Nations (registered name “Alliance Defending Freedom”), ADF International has accreditation with the European Commission and Parliament, and the Organization of American States, and is a participant in the FRA Fundamental Rights Platform.

This report explains why Austria must afford protection to asylum seekers who converted to Christianity from persecution in their countries of origin.

Turkey (35th Session)

Turkey

(35th Session)

This UPR report is submitted by a coalition of human rights and faith-based organizations that participate in the International Religious Freedom Roundtable in Washington, D.C. The International Religious Freedom Roundtable is an informal gathering of civil society members, non-governmental organizations, scholars, religious and secular leaders, and government officials that meets regularly in Washington, D.C., to discuss the most pressing issues regarding international religious freedom—especially persecution, violence, and discrimination against individuals and groups based on their religion or belief—and to develop solutions and provide opportunities for collaboration and engagement. A number of signatories have ECOSOC consultative status with the United Nations, and have accreditation with the European Commission and Parliament, and the Organization of American States.

This report explains the current state of freedom of religion or belief in Turkey and makes recommendations accordingly.

Belarus (36th Session)

Belarus

(36th Session)

ADF International is a faith-based legal advocacy organization that protects fundamental freedoms and promotes the inherent dignity of all people before national and international institutions. As well as having ECOSOC consultative status with the United Nations (registered name “Alliance Defending Freedom”), ADF International has accreditation with the European Commission and Parliament, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe and the Organization of American States, and is a participant in the FRA Fundamental Rights Platform.

This report investigates the status of freedom of religion or belief and freedom of association in Belarus by examining laws, regulations and practices impairing the full enjoyment or exercise thereof without discrimination. It also calls upon the Belarusian government to cease any such restrictions and amend its laws to ensure that the right to manifest one’s religion, either alone or in community with others and in public or private is fully guaranteed in accordance with existing international human rights standards and instruments.

Bulgaria (36th Session)

Bulgaria

(36th Session)

ADF International is a faith-based legal advocacy organization that protects fundamental freedoms and promotes the inherent dignity of all people before national and international institutions. As well as having ECOSOC consultative status with the United Nations (registered name “Alliance Defending Freedom”), ADF International has accreditation with the European Commission and Parliament, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe and the Organization of American States, and is a participant in the FRA Fundamental Rights Platform.

This report focuses on Bulgaria’s failure to respect the rights of the child as well as parental rights, notably by introducing legislation that provides for undue interference with family life.

A ‘Precious Asset’?

A ‘Precious Asset’?

Analyzing Religious Freedom Protections in Europe

In its first judgement on Article 9 of the European Convention on Human Rights, the Strasbourg Court held that freedom of thought, conscience, and religion is ‘a precious asset for atheists, agnostics, sceptics and the unconcerned’. 

This book questions and elaborates on this statement, in the context of the current European legal setting. 

Part I offers a theoretical overview of why freedom of religion matters, and the European regulatory framework of this human right. 

Part II focuses on the challenges of interpreting and protecting religious freedom in the context of employment, education, media reporting, free speech, and freedom of association. Is ‘corporate neutrality’ a legitimate basis for suppressing individual manifestations of religion? Do public expressions of religious values constitute ‘hate speech’? To what extent and under what criteria can States limit the freedom of association of religious groups? Overall, is freedom of religion still indeed ‘a precious asset’ in Europe?

Adina Portaru is legal counsel for ADF International in Brussels, where she advocates for religious freedom. 

The ‘Conscience of Europe?’

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The ‘Conscience of Europe?’:

Navigating Shifting Tides at the European Court of Human Rights

The European Court of Human Rights has the monumental task of protecting the most fundamental freedoms of more than 800 million citizens across 47 States. That’s a significant challenge given that the Court is asked to reconcile substantial disagreements between these States on controversial issues—and views on marriage, family, sanctity of life, and religious freedom are far less cohesive now than when the European Convention on Human Rights was drafted.

The ‘Conscience of Europe?’ examines the Court’s sometimes unpredictable jurisprudence in these increasingly controversial areas. With a palpable concern for human rights and religious freedom, the contributors provide an objective critique of the Court’s role, while exploring the changes recent years have brought to the complex legal landscape of Europe.

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‘This manual provides useful keys for unlocking the important, but complex, jurisprudence of Europe’s highest human rights court.’

-JUDGE BORREGO BORREGO, Former Judge of the European Court of Human Rights

Dear Future Mum: France

“Dear future Mum: Don’t be afraid. Your child will be able to hug you, and to go to school.” This warm message contained in “Dear Future Mum”; the infomercial starring eighteen young people with Down Syndrome, was censored.

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