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Here is a round-up of comments and opinions on the Council of Europe Report. There has been a wave of comment raising serious concerns about its implications. See our earlier posts for more details of the report itself.

Co-founder of the Moscow Helsinki Group, Lyudmila Alexeyeva, writes to Mrs Anne Brasseur, President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe to alert her about the Salles reportScreen Shot 2014-03-24 at 15.27.32

http://www.eifrf-articles.org/Moscow-Helsinki-Group-alerts-PACE-President-about-Religious-Freedom-issue_a99.html

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Donald Westbrook, Claremont University on the Salles report

http://www.worldreligionnews.com/religion-news/freedom-religion-human-right-council-europes-upcoming-vote-establishing-sect-observatories

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Council of Europe reporting on Donald Westbrook’s article

http://www.humanrightseurope.org/2014/03/something-for-the-weekend/

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Complaint for bias and violation of Council of Europe standards against rapporteur Rudy Salles

http://foref-europe.org/2014/03/11/religious-freedom-complaint-against-french-mp-rudy-salles-rapporteur-at-the-parliamentary-assembly-of-the-council-of-europe/

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A new complaint for breaking Council of Europe rules against rapporteur Rudy Salles

http://www.eifrf-articles.org/Second-complaint-against-French-MP-Rudy-Salles-at-PACE_a100.html

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Raffaella Di Marzio, researcher in psychology of religion, member of the managing board of SIPR (Italian Society of Psychology of Religion) on Salles report. Letter to President Council of Europe

http://dimarzio.info/en/articles/psychology/369-rudy-salles-s-report.html

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for the protection of the rights of parents and children of religious minorities. Various on Salles report.

www.familycoe.info

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Critical legal and human rights summary on the Salles report

http://www.familycoe.info/overview

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Critical legal and human rights full analysis on the Salles report

http://www.familycoe.info/analysis

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European Coordination for Freedom of Conscience booklet on Salles report

http://www.freedomofconscience.eu/report-the-protection-of-minors-against-excesses-of-sects-by-french-rapporteur-rudy-salles/

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MIVILUDES is the French acronym for “Interministerial Mission for the fight against sectarian deviances” – an official body within the Office of the Prime Minister. MIVILUDES is the main source of justifications in Mr. Salles report. It should also be noted that Mr. Salles is a member of MIVILUDES.

This video shows the former President of MIVILUDES inventing and grossly inflating statistics with regards to “sects” on television and then interviewing different government ministries within France as part of an enquiry into “sects”. Unfortunately for him, the enquiry demonstrates there is no significant problem at all.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fL8znUP1ZTc&feature=youtu.be

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