The Russian community of Jehovah’s Witnesses has been under sustained pressure for some time. Following the conviction of Dennis Christensen in February, co-chair Peter van Dalen, along with Jude Kirton-Darling, Brando Benifei and Romeo Franz wrote to HRVP Federica Mogherini to find out how the EEAS is addressing the restrictions on FoRB in Russia (letter […]
On 5/6 March Dennis de Jong and Ellen Verhoog attended on behalf of the intergroup and upon invitation of the EEAS a number of side events on the occasion of the 40th session of the Human rights Council. The main objective of the visit was to present the intergroup’s latest annual report to the UN-community […]
On September 4, the Intergroup will launch its fourth annual report on freedom of religion or belief and EU external action.
On January 8, Intergroup co-chairs, Dennis de Jong and Peter van Dalen sent a letter to President Juncker outlining their ideas for the mandate of the EU Special Envoy on Freedom of Religion or Belief. You can read both their letter, and the response from the Commission, below.
It is with deep sorrow that the intergroup received the news about the unexpected passing away of Asma Jahangir, on 11 February. Dennis de Jong, co-chair of the intergroup, states about her: ‘It was an honour for me to work closely together with Asma, especially when she was the UN’s Special Rapporteur on Freedom of […]