Report on discrimination against spiritual and therapeutical minorities
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Report on discrimination against spiritual and therapeutical minorities

Report on discrimination against spiritual and therapeutical minorities in France October 2000 INTRODUCTION The situation of minority religions and alternative medicine practitioners in France currently gives cause for grave concern. Although France has ratified the international texts on human rights, the reality in that country is quite different: freedom of thought is often denied. Since 1985, when the French government’s...

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Testimony on discrimination #1
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Testimony on discrimination #1

Testimony #1 Joh, who has taken refuge in England, talks on behalf of 14 families who saw their lives destroyed in June 1993 when the police raided their center: Most of the families I’m speaking for today are now missionaries in other parts of the world, in South Africa or elsewhere, and could not be here. In 1981 ADFI [Association de Defense de la Famille et de l’Individu, a French « anti-cult » group] lodged a complaint...

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Testimony on discrimination #2
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Testimony on discrimination #2

Testimony#3 Paris, March 3, 2000 Milcah is the mother of a large family. Her 7 children were taken away from her for several weeks. As a Christian missionary for La Famille, we have been led to travel a lot and we have sometimes experienced difficulties in countries which were more or less welcoming. But I have to say, as a French citizen, that it is on French soil that I have had my most traumatizing experience. It was in June 1993...

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Testimony on discrimination #3
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Testimony on discrimination #3

Testimony#6 Lyon, April 28, 2000 Claude is a Protestant. The freedoms of his Evangelical Association are being more and more restricted due to the growing climate of fear of « cults » that is spreading in France today and affecting many religious groups. I represent the CLEF Association [Lyons Evangelization and Training Circle], which is affiliated with the French Evangelical Alliance. This Alliance is part of the Protestant...

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Testimony on discrimination #4
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Testimony on discrimination #4

Paris 3, 2000 Testimony#9 Framboise’s chiidren were taken away when she divorced and she Iost a 12-year engineering position. Trouble began when I decided to divorce the father of my two youngest chiidren. Because I joined Rel as we were separating, he had not known of my new religion. We had taken one mutual lawyer to make the divorce go more amicably. But when he discovered I had joined Raël, he began using the anti-cuit group...

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Testimony on discrimination #5
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Testimony on discrimination #5

Paris 3, 2000 Testimony#13 Maité and the members of her group were raided without a search warrant and were subjected to mental and physical abuse, including the children. She was jailed for months on unproven charges. I founded Horus, an agrarian community in Ardèche. Our specialty is a particular form of organic farming. We grow giant vegetables without fertilizers. It is an ancient method, which has been used and proven over 6,000...

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