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Scientologists win rights case against Russia (KCOY Santa Maria)
1 October 2009, 11:06 am

Russia's ban on the Church of Scientology is illegal, the European Court of Human Rights said Thursday in a binding ruling.

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Someone needs to send an information packet to some international government officials ...

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But its banned in other countries so how is Russia's worth the mention?


Also, I bet Russia really wont care lol



video of a Russian protest here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qc3xj-pG-1s


I don't think the people want them there!   Each country should be able to govern itself as it seems fit. 

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/European_Convention_on_Human_Rights
The Convention established the European Court of Human Rights. Any person who feels his or her rights have been violated under the Convention by a state party can take a case to the Court. The decisions of the Court are not automatically legally binding, but the Court does have the power to award damages.

But its banned in other countries so how is Russia's worth the mention?

I assume it depends on whether scientology has any standing to make a complaint to the ECHR.  The other countries may not be members, or as shown above, the decisions are not automatically binding.  I would imagine, too, that membership in the ECHR is voluntary, and if a country wanted to, they could give up their membership whenever they were ready.

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Also, I bet Russia really wont care lol

Russia and the cos has a history:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Church_of_Scientology_Moscow_versus_Russia

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I don't think the people want them there!   Each country should be able to govern itself as it seems fit.

I agree with you there, but it also occurs to me that sometimes country problems become world problems.  When you consider REAL human rights abuses, and not just "we don't want your organization here," how should that be dealt with?

By the way, France is also a member, and they were seeking to ban scientology, unless the flip-flopping law has made that impossible this time around.  http://forum.reachingforthetippingpoint.net/index.php/topic,820.0.html  (I still haven't seen any answers I would consider definitive on that issue, just a bunch of speculation.)

Thinking about the European Court of Human Rights, however, I am reminded of a quote:
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this too:http://en.wikinews.org/wiki/Norwegian_government_considers_prosecuting_Scientology


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The Norwegian Ministry of Health and Care Services is considering prosecuting and banning some Scientology practices, in particular the use of the Scientology personality test to sell courses. State Secretary Rigmor Aasrud said that the activities in question might be prosecuted as fraud or as violations of existing healthcare regulations.