Title: European Parliament on
sects in 1995
Author: email@example.com (Michael 'Mike' Gormez)
Date: Mon, 10 Nov 1997 21:20:18 GMT
http://www.europarl.eu.int/dg1/a4/en/a4-97/a4-0112.htm Haven't seen this here yet. Clic on the country-code at the top for i.e. German/Danish/Dutch translations. Mike ====== 20 March 1997 A4-0112/97 ANNUAL REPORT on respect for human rights in the European Union (1995) Committee on Civil Liberties and Internal Affairs Rapporteur: Mrs Claudia Roth (...) The European Parliament, (...) - having regard to its resolution of 29 February 1996 on cults in Europe 9, [see below] (...) The right to live and die in dignity (...) 23. Considers that the violation of certain basic rights perpetrated by some sects should be combatted by means of careful provision of information and application of the laws in force; 24. Voices its deep concern at the unlawful or criminal activities perpetrated by certain sects and at the violation by some of them of their members' psychological integrity, such violations being all the more serious as they sometimes concern minors; 25. Calls on the Member States, with due regard for the principles of the rule of law, to take whatever action is needed to combat violations of fundamental rights perpetrated by certain sects and, if the legal basis and grounds therefor exist, to provide for them to be prohibited; 26. Reaffirms that freedom of religion includes the removal of all forms of discrimination between religions, rites and cults and reiterates its request that the governments of the Member States should not systematically grant the status of religious organization and should provide for the possibility of depriving sects which engage in clandestine or criminal activities of this status, which confers on them tax advantages and a degree of legal protection; (...) Fundamental rights and freedoms (...) 36. Reaffirms that freedom of thought, conscience and religion and the freedom of association constitute fundamental rights of citizens of the Union; (...) 40. Calls on the Member States to ban all discrimination on grounds of religion, rites and cults, notably in the relationship between state and citizen; firmly states that the right to religious freedom entails the right freely to practise and express this religion; (...) 9 OJ C 78, 18.03.1996, p. 31.