70th Commitment from Civil Society – Speech of Rosita Šorytė in Geneva for 70th Anniversary of Human Rights Declaration

Rosita Šorytė, associate editor of Bitter Winter, spoke on behalf of ORLIR, the International Observatory of Religious Liberty of Refugees, and offered a survey of the main challenges to human rights in the world today. Speaking of religion-based refugees, she stated that, “The fathers of 1948 Declaration believed that the persecution of religion was a thing of the past. Unfortunately, this was just a noble illusion. No persecution is purely religious, and very often questions of religion mask questions of power and politics. However, as we speak, religion is a component of massive persecutions generating thousands of refugees: Muslims, such as the Rohingya from Myanmar, the Ahmadis from Pakistan, and the Uyghurs from Xinjiang; Christians, from the Middle East but also from China where members of The Church of Almighty God and of some house churches are arrested by the thousands; Yazidis from Iraq, Jehovah’s Witnesses from Russia, and many others. States are right when they are concerned with false refugees who are in fact simple economic immigrant, but they are wrong when they refuse to protect genuine refugees escaping religious persecution or war.”

“Our experience teaches us, concluded Introvigne, that the sentence ‘there is nothing to do’ is always wrong. There is a lot to do. Since fake news are today the main enemy of human rights, scholars, responsible media and NGOs can cooperate not in screaming about fake news—something now at risk of becoming repetitious and boring—but in lightning the candle of reliable information to dispel the darkness of propaganda.” This is what Bitter Winter tries to do every day.

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source : https://bitterwinter.org/70th-anniversary-of-human-rights-declaration/

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CAP Liberté de Conscience, a French NGO created in 2000 dedicated to the respect of the Right of Freedom of Religion and Belief. CAP LC is expert since now 20 years, in religious minorities’ discriminations in France and Europe. CAP Liberté de Conscience organizes events, conferences, meetings to unite minority religions to counter discrimination mainly in France but also in Europe and worldwide.

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