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Shincheonji Church Of Jesus Invites All People Of All Religions Worldwide To Attend A Prayer Service To End COVID-19

CaribPR Wire, WASHINGTON, D,C., Weds. Sept. 16, 2020: The Shincheonji Church of Jesus, the Temple of the Tabernacle of the Testimony with Chairman Lee, Man-hee, will hold an online prayer service for all people of all religions worldwide, to pray for an end to COVID-19.

The online prayer service is set for this afternoon, September 16th, for all domestic and international congregation members of the 12 tribes to come together virtually in their respective homes to pray to God for the end of COVID-19. They also ask all people of all religions to join the service.

“During this time of pandemic when the entire world is in a state of danger, Chairman Lee, Man-hee suggested the prayer service to have a time to pray for the virus to end all over the world and to repent of our sins that we individually may have committed without realizing it,” the church said in a statement. “The prayer service will show that the people of religion are taking the initiative and setting an example especially during the time of crisis.  It will also show the importance of surpassing religion to overcome the time of danger together.”

A representative of Shincheonji Church of Jesus stated, “During this time when the whole world is suffering from COVID-19, we, the people of faith of different denomination and religion, will break the walls that separate us and come together as one to pray so that we can overcome this time of crisis,” and “If we pray with one heart in our respective places, then it will move the heavens.”

The Shincheonji Church of Jesus has been holding services online from February 18th, 2020.

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Youth Groups Around The World Demand UN Take Action Against Religious Oppression In South Korea

CaribPR, Washington D.C., Mon. Aug. 17, 2020: 155 youth groups, with one million members from 62 countries around the world, sent a joint letter to the United Nations (UN) Secretary-General António Guterres and UN affiliates, including the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.

The joint letter demands the UN act immediately to help stop the religious persecution of Shincheonji Church, a minority Christian denomination headquartered in South Korea and Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light (HWPL), a UN Economic and Social Council affiliated organization.

Director and Founder of FREE WATCH AFGHANISTAN, Mobeenullah Aimaq, proposed the joint letter campaign. In a written statement he said he agreed with the UN’s concern for the increased persecution of minorities and vulnerable groups. Additionally, he opposes human rights violations that continue to occur under the pretext of fighting coronavirus. He strongly urged the Korean Government to cease their prosecution of Shincheonji Church and HWPL in South Korea. “Prosecuting Shincheonji Church and HWPL should immediately stop so that the international reputation of the government, known as a proponent of peace in the globe, will be saved,” he added.

In the letter, the youth groups reported several acts of oppression by the Korean government and the media against Shincheonji Church and HWPL. According to the report, there have been over 5,500 instances of human rights abuses of members of the Shincheonji Church during this period of the ongoing pandemic. Among the cases include the death of two female members’ in suspicious circumstances. Many of these victims are young people who are now facing increased discrimination in workplaces and schools, violence at home, and even forced deprogramming.

The letter highlights that the members of Shincheonji Church are also victims who were unfortunately infected with the virus despite following the government’s guidelines related to the pandemic.

Furthermore, the unprecedented investigation against 89-year-old Chairman Man Hee Lee of Shincheonji Church and HWPL was also highlighted. The charters of these two groups have been revoked by the government and they have been subject to rigorous tax investigations. Those in leadership positions within the organizations also have been taken into custody for questioning.

In the Korea Times column titled “Can unpopular sect expect justice?”, Michael Breen, CEO of Insight Communications, referred the current investigation into Shincheonji Church as a “witch-hunt” by saying that Shincheonji is a safe target for politicians and other public officials since it the religion is unpopular.

In the joint letter, they urged that cases of human rights, and religious repression, such as the ones occurring in South Korea, must be put to an end in order to build a “more effective and inclusive solutions for the emergency of today and the recovery for tomorrow.”

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Forced Religious Conversion Becomes an International Human Rights Problem

CaribPR Wire, WASHINGTON, D.C., Dec. 20, 2019: On 19 November, the Italian Center
for Studies on New Religions
(CESNUR) and the Belgien Human
Rights Without Frontiers (HRWF)
hosted a seminar on human rights
entitled “Intolerance and
Discrimination Against New
Religious Movements: An
International Problem” in Seoul,
South Korea..
The seminar was devoted to the
protection of the rights of religious
minorities with a special focus on forced conversion cases in Korea. Forced conversion, also
known as “deprogramming”, is a violation of human rights. Proponents of forced conversion
kidnap and detain members of religious groups labeled as “cults” in an effort to compel them to
abandon their faith.
More than 80 participants including legal experts, journalists, and civil society representatives
reviewed the current situation of forced conversion and discussed solutions to defend the
freedom of faith and human rights that have become the norm of the international community.
Massimo Introvigne, Managing Director of CESNUR as well as an Italian sociologist, stressed
how, “Korean deprogrammers are specialized pastors from mainstream churches, most of them
Presbyterian. The protests that commemorate the victims from forced conversion were
mentioned in the 2019 U.S. State Department Report on Religious Freedom. The report cited
examples of how forced conversions violated religious freedom in 2018. However, there were
new cases of deprogramming even after their death,” he criticized.
Regarding the
multi-dimensional strategy
to solve such phenomenon,
Willy Fautré, Founder and
Director of HRWF stated
several suggestions;
pointing at the
responsibility of the
leadership of the
Presbyterian Church which
tolerates, endorses, and maybe encourages such a practice; developing advocacy at the United
Nations and in organizations defending freedom of religion or belief; prosecuting those who
encourage people to perpetrate an act of abduction and confinement.
In an open letter, signed by 15 international NGOs including CAP-LC and HRWF, to the South
Korean President Moon Jae In on July 24 th , it said, “South Korea may well be the last democratic
country in the world where deprogramming is still tolerated” and asked the President to
“investigate in-depth accusations of forcible deprogramming, put a stop to this obnoxious
practice, and hold those responsible fully accountable.”
As an elected member of the United Nations Human Rights Council, South Korea vowed “to
participate in international efforts to respond to human rights crises around the world.” Seminar
participants urged the Korean government to respond to the issue of forced conversion which is
still threatening the human rights of its people.

Center for Studies on New Religions (CESNUR) from Italy and Human Rights Without Frontiers (HRWF) from Belgium hosted the seminar

CaribPR Wire, WASHINGTON, D.C., Dec. 20, 2019: On 19 November, the Italian Center for Studies on New Religions (CESNUR) and the Belgien Human Rights Without Frontiers (HRWF) hosted a seminar on human rights entitled “Intolerance and Discrimination Against New Religious Movements: An International Problem” in Seoul, South Korea.

The seminar was devoted to the protection of the rights of religious minorities with a special focus on forced conversion cases in Korea. Forced conversion, also known as “deprogramming”, is a violation of human rights. Proponents of forced conversion kidnap and detain members of religious groups labeled as “cults” in an effort to compel them to abandon their faith.

More than 80 participants including legal experts, journalists, and civil society representatives reviewed the current situation of forced conversion and discussed solutions to defend the freedom of faith and human rights that have become the norm of the international community.

Massimo Introvigne, Managing Director of CESNUR as well as an Italian sociologist, stressed how, “Korean deprogrammers are specialized pastors from mainstream churches, most of them Presbyterian. The protests that commemorate the victims from forced conversion were mentioned in the 2019 U.S. State Department Report on Religious Freedom. The report cited examples of how forced conversions violated religious freedom in 2018. However, there were new cases of deprogramming even after their death,” he criticized.

Regarding the multi-dimensional strategy to solve such phenomenon, Willy Fautré, Founder and Director of HRWF stated several suggestions; pointing at the responsibility of the leadership of the Presbyterian Church which tolerates, endorses, and maybe encourages such a practice; developing advocacy at the United Nations and in organizations defending freedom of religion or belief; prosecuting those who encourage people to perpetrate an act of abduction and confinement.

In an open letter, signed by 15 international NGOs including CAP-LC and HRWF, to the South Korean President Moon Jae In on July 24 th , it said, “South Korea may well be the last democratic country in the world where deprogramming is still tolerated” and asked the President to “investigate in-depth accusations of forcible deprogramming, put a stop to this obnoxious practice, and hold those responsible fully accountable.”

As an elected member of the United Nations Human Rights Council, South Korea vowed “to participate in international efforts to respond to human rights crises around the world.” Seminar participants urged the Korean government to respond to the issue of forced conversion which is still threatening the human rights of its people.

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