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"Calling sect sect ..." ROC vs. PACE

July 14 2005

"From my point of view, the Committee for Monitoring Russia applies double standards when the demands of our country is much more liberal in the religious field, than it is in Western Europe", - commented the deputy head of the Department for External Church Relations Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin the recent report of the PACE Committee on freedom of conscience in Russia.

The priest strongly disagree with the positive assessment by the authors of the report of the Law on Religious Freedom, adopted in early 1990. "The law which created a vacuum of law, in fact, lifted all restrictions so that the Japanese terrorist cult Aum Shinrikyo in Russia began to prepare the fighters, and supporters of radical psevdoislamskogo felt in the country as owners "- quoted by Interfax" the words of Father Vsevolod Chaplin. On the contrary, he believes that the new Act on Freedom of Conscience in 1997 "began to return the situation to the European standards and was a response to widespread concern in society."

The representative of the Russian Orthodox Church was also opposed to in Russia was limited freedom of speech of members of the legislature, which the authors of the report denied the right to use the terms "sect", "cult," "spiritual security". "I think any free person has the right to call a sect sect and a threat to security per se, even if these terms are not fixed in law. No one can deny the human right to use a particular theological or political term only because it is not in law ", - said Father Vsevolod.

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