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  • ISKCON European Communications Conference - Day 2

    Day Two of the European Communications Conference began with a very relevant and hard-hitting talk by Willy Fautre of Human Rights Without Frontiers. Next was an enlivening discussion where ISKCON leaders from across Europe and the US shared their experiences of using advocacy, engaging with politicians and examples of when this has been successful.

  • The History of the Persecution of Myanmar’s Rohingya

    Some 420,000 Rohingya Muslims, a religious and ethnic minority community in Myanmar, have fled to neighboring Bangladesh since August this year. The United Nations has called the Rohingya the world’s most persecuted minority group.

  • Belarus ISKCON Devotees Detained for Offering Religious Literature

    Three Hare Krishna devotees, Aleksandr Grankin, Aleksei Vlasyuk and Pavel Ivanov, were detained in the streets of Vitebsk on 17 June for sharing their religious views and offering religious literature to passers-by, they complained to Forum 18. The three were detained by Sergei Fadeenkov, the Chief Specialist of Vitebsk Regional Executive Committee Department of Religious Affairs and Nationalities.

  • "It's a Girl" - Documentary Trailer

    The United Nations estimates as many as 200 million girls are missing in the world today because of this so-called "gendercide".

  • US Senate Confirms Religious Freedom Ambassador
    A New York minister will soon fill the Obama administration's long-vacant position to oversee international religious freedom after the Senate voted to confirm the Rev. Suzan Johnson Cook for the post.
  • UN Human Rights Council Adopts Resolution on Freedom of Belief That Drops "Defamation of Religion" Concept
    The UN Human Rights Council unanimously adopted a Resolution on Freedom of Religion or Belief which omits any reference to the concept of "defamation of religion" and instead focuses on the individual's right to freedom of belief. It is a huge achievement, since Muslim countries set aside their 12-year campaign to crate the "defamation" concept and joined in approving the resolution.
  • To Be Equally and Politically Incorrect
    If we look back into Vedic history we will probably find many incidents that contravene modern-day standards of human rights and discrimination. If say, a liberal human rights monitor group were to go back 5,000 years to observe human conduct as portrayed in the Mahabharata, they would likely report negatively to the UN Human Rights commission.
  • Martin Luther King, Gandhi, Prabhupada and Spiritual Equality
    Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is best known for being an iconic figure in the advancement of civil rights. What is lesser known about him is that his campaign for equality took him to India, where he gained inspiration from Mahatma Gandhi’s nonviolent methods of social change.
  • Serbian Krishna Devotee Wins In The European Court of Human Rights
    On December 14th the European Court of Human Rights ruled against the Republic of Serbia and in favor of Zivota Milanovic, a Krishna devotee, who was attacked five times between 2001 and 2007 because of his religion. The assailants beat him with baseball bats, stabbed him, cut his sikha off and engraved a cross onto his head with a knife.
  • Global Restrictions on Religion
    A new study finds that 64 nations - about one-third of the countries in the world - have high or very high restrictions on religion. But because some of the most restrictive countries are very populous, nearly 70 percent of the world's 6.8 billion people live in countries with high restrictions on religion, the brunt of which often falls on religious minorities.
  • Hare Krishnas Are Bullied Across The Globe
    ISKCON has found an unlikely ally in the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom. The American watchdog has severely criticised curtailment of freedom of religious groups like Hare Krishna in Europe and Eurasia.
  • Defense For Religious Hospitals Against Government-ordered Abortions
    In the USA the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty provides free defense for religious hospitals against government-ordered abortions.
  • Russia: Outdoor Religious Activity Harassed, Banned and Violently Attacked
    Outdoor public religious activity by Russian Jehovah's Witnesses, Hare Krishna devotees and Protestants has resulted in harassment by the police, repeated bans, and in one case a refusal to defend a Protestant meeting against violent attack involving stun grenade.
  • US Pharmacists Win Right to Refuse to Sell 'Morning After' Pill

    Attorneys for the State of Washington told a federal judge that the State would seek to create new rules for pharmacists with conscientious objections. The new regulations would give the plaintiffs in the lawsuit--the owners of Ralph's Thriftway pharmacy and two pharmacists—what they've wanted all along: the right to refuse to stock or dispense Plan B (the so-called "morning after pill") based on their conscientious objection.

  • Future Moscow Teachers Learn Religious Xenophobia
    Students of the Moscow City Pedagogical University are being taught that charismatic churches, Jehovah's Witnesses, "The International Society of Krishna Consciousness" and other religious associations are "sects," a correspondent reports.
  • Hindus Laud French Actress Fanny Ardant For Defending Roma Rights
    Hindus have applauded French actress Fanny Ardant (Ridicule) for defending Roma rights. Addressing the Parliamentary Assembly of Council of Europe in Strasbourg (France) on June 22, Lumiere Award winner Ardant, 61, declared: "We say Dosta! (which means enough) To injustice, humiliation, ignorance and violation of human rights.” She further said that society had proved to be barbarian to Roma people.
  • Controversy Surrounds UN “Freedom of Expression” Resolution
    ISKCON’s Global Minister of Communications Anuttama Dasa, representing the Hare Krishna Movement, recently signed a statement against a UN resolution that seems, at first glance, like it should warrant ISKCON’s support.
  • Kazakh Hare Krishnas Ask OSCE To Help Defend Rights
    WARSAW - Kazakhstan's Hare Krishna community has called on the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) to help it defend its rights.
  • Kazakhstan Backs Off On Religion Limits
    Kazakhstan, a key U.S. economic partner in Central Asia, has dramatically reversed legislation curtailing religious freedoms after the measure and the jailings and expulsions of two religious activists caused an international outcry. With little explanation, the country's constitutional council announced Wednesday that amendments to a religion law were "inconsistent" with Kazakhstan's constitution.
  • ISKCON Communication Team Attends Human Rights Conference

    Last week, three members of ISKCON Communications attended the Fifth Session of the Interparliamentary Conference on Human Rights and Religious Freedom. The conference was organized by the Institute on Religion and Public Policy, located in Washington, D.C. The ISKCON delegation met lawmakers from countries around the world.

  • Kazakhstan Falling Short On OSCE Goals
    ALMATY (Reuters) -- Kazakhstan has made only small progress toward democracy to justify its chairmanship of Europe's main security and human rights body in 2010 and should speed up its efforts, a leading rights group has said. The West agreed to allow Kazakhstan to become the first ex-Soviet nation to take over the rotating chairmanship of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) after Kazakhstan promised to introduce a package of liberal reforms.