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  • 22 September – France - Since 2015
  • 2017: OBSERVATOIRE DE LA LAÏCITÉ, avis sur le suivi par les administrations et les collectivités locales des problématiques qui ont trait à la laïcité et au respect des valeurs de la République, de l'ordre public et des exigences minimales de la vie en société, 19 septembre 2017. FALLORNI Olivier, (...)
  • 22 September – Europe - Reports
  • European Union minorities and discrimination survey, Second European Union Minorities and Discrimination Survey (EU-MIDIS II) Muslims – Selected findings, September 2017. European Union minorities and discrimination survey, Second European Union Minorities and Discrimination Survey (EU-MIDIS (...)
  • 21 September – News - Eurel international conference 2018
  • The next Eurel international conference will take place in Oslo (Norway), during the week of 24-28 September 2018, on the topic of non-religion . News
  • 15 September – Spain - Reform of the law of religious freedom in Spain: an ongoing and never-ending debate
  • June 2017 The update of the 1980 organic law of religious freedom has been an ongoing discussion in Spain over the last decade. Attempts to reform the law have taken place at different moments in time, not one of them, though, leading to any actual modifications. The modification of such a law (...)
  • 31 August – Czech Republic - Religious freedom in the workplace
  • In the Czech Republic, religious freedom in the workplace is guaranteed. The Charter of Fundamental Rights and Freedoms (Charter) includes religious freedom in the catalogue of fundamental human rights and freedoms. Section 1 of Article 3 of the Charter declares that: “Everyone is guaranteed (...)
  • 28 August – France - Statistics and main surveys 2017
  • The view of the French on medically-assisted procreation and surrogate pregnancy after the declarations of Marlène Schiappa IFOP et, September 2017 Emmanuel Macron : the candidate of the Protestant France ? IFOP focus # 166, September 2017 The French and welcoming migrants IFOP (...)
  • 22 August – Croatia - Religions and prison
  • The religious rights of imprisoned people have been regulated by the Agreement between the Holy See and the Republic of Croatia on Legal Issues, signed in December 1996. According to this agreement, the Republic of Croatia guarantees to the Catholic Church the right of religious assistance to (...)

Human Rights Without Frontiers International

  • 25 September – TAJIKISTAN: Tajikistan’s government places further restrictions on what people can wear
  • Inefficient and counter-productive to combat violent extremism and the influence of Salafists, according to Human Rights Without Frontiers By Edward Lemon Eurasia Daily Monitor (22.09.2017) – – In early September, six million mobile phone users in Tajikistan received text (...)
  • 25 September – KAZAKHSTAN: Kazakhstan plans to set up own school of Islamic studies
  • Interfax (19.09.2017) – – The rapid growth of religious attitudes among the people and illiteracy about religious dogmas have produced an atmosphere more conducive to the influence of radical ideology in Kazakhstan, Minister for Religious Affairs and Civil Society Nurlan (...)
  • 25 September – EU: EU-funded lobbying is expensive and undemocratic
  • By Bill Wirtz EU Observer (21.09.2017) – – While the European Union, with its surrounding institutions, steadily accumulates more political power, the call for transparency has rightfully increased as well. The EU heavily watches all forms of corporate lobbying, yet has (...)
  • 25 September – IRAN: Tehran’s Sunnis still waiting for their own mosque
  • By Zahra Alipour Al-Monitor (21.09.2017) – – “Mr. Rouhani! No need to give them positions in your administration — just allow them to have a mosque to perform the Eid al-Adha prayer.” Reformist parliamentarian Mahmoud Sadeghi addressed these words to Iranian President Hassan (...)
  • 25 September – NEPAL: Christians in Nepal sentenced to prison for praying for ill woman are released
  • Morning Star News (22.09.2017) – – Four Christians in Nepal sentenced to five years in prison on false charges of “witchcraft” and “violence” were released today after a high court annulled their convictions, church leaders said. Lali Pun, Bimkali Budha, Suk Lal Pariyar and (...)
  • 25 September – RUSSIA: Foreign Jehovah’s Witness kept in custody in Orel
  • Orel appeal hearing in case of Danish Jehovah’s Witness continued to 28 September. Russia Religion News (21.09.2017) – – On 20 September 2017, after a four-hour session of the Orel provincial court, an appeal hearing in the case of the Dane Dennis Christensen, a Jehovah’s (...)
  • 25 September – CHINA: China launches anti-cult digital platforms
  • Edited by Zhou Xin Xinhua (22.09.2017) – – China’s State Council Friday launched digital platforms and an online pledge to encourage the public to take a stand against cults. It opened a website named China Anti-Cult Network (, along with official Weibo and (...)

Forum 18 News Service

  • 22 September – Kazakhstan: Criminal cases, and no alternative service
  • Four Jehovah's Witness young men could face up to one year's imprisonment for refusing compulsory military service on grounds of conscience if criminal investigations against them reach court. Military Conscription Offices rejected their certificates as religious ministers despite the (...)
  • 21 September – Georgia: Constitutional changes to impose impermissible freedom restrictions?
  • Constitutional changes already adopted in second reading would allow restrictions on freedom of religion and belief based on vague criteria, including "state [national] security or public safety", an impermissible restriction. Human rights defenders object to the proposed changes. (...)
  • 12 September – Tajikistan: Id al-Adha restrictions, haj returnee celebrations banned
  • Teachers were banned from attending mosque on Muslim festival Id al-Adha. They and children were forced to attend school, even though the state declared it a holiday. Officials banned haj pilgrimage returnees from holding celebratory meals. Traditions Law amendments and increased punishments (...)
  • 11 September – Uzbekistan: Religious freedom survey, September 2017
  • Freedom of religion and belief, with interlinked freedoms of expression, association, and assembly, remains severely restricted in Uzbekistan. Forum 18's survey analysis documents violations including: raids, fines, imprisonment and torture; education and worship meetings banned without (...)
  • 6 September – Kazakhstan: Worship banned
  • Courts banned worship by Almaty's Source of Life Protestant Church from April to July, Almaty's Jehovah's Witness Centre from August to November, and - if its appeal fails - Oskemen's New Life Protestant Church for three months. Jehovah's Witnesses described their ban as (...)