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Scientology and Religious Freedom

FREEDOM OF RELIGION DEFINED IN LANDMARK NEW WEBSITE FROM THE CHURCH OF SCIENTOLOGY

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIAMONDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2016

The Church of Scientology has launched a comprehensive repository of information on religious freedom for students of religion, public officials and anyone seeking to further their understanding of this cherished right.

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ANONYMOUS HATE GROUP MEMBER SENTENCED FOR ATTACK ON SCIENTOLOGY WEBSITES

LOS ANGELESMONDAY, MAY 24, 2010

On Monday, May 24, 2010, Los Angeles Federal District Judge Gary Allen Feess sentenced Brian Thomas Mettenbrink of Grand Island, Nebraska, to 12 months in federal prison and a $20,000 restitution fine for engaging in a cyberattack in January 2008 on Church of Scientology websites (CR No. 09-1149-GAF).  Mettenbrink is a member of the hate group “Anonymous,” many members of which have been investigated or convicted of federal and state crimes over the past three years.

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FINAL JUDGMENT OF EUROPEAN COURT OF HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDS RELIGIOUS FREEDOM

STRASBOURG, FRANCEMONDAY, MARCH 8, 2010

The judgment of the European Court of Human Rights in the case of religious associations of the Church of Scientology in Surgut and Nizhnekamsk is final. On October 1, 2009, the European Court of Human Rights delivered the judgment in the cases NN 76836/01 and 32782/03 in favor of the Churches of Scientology of Surgut and Nizhnekamsk.

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THE CHURCH OF SCIENTOLOGY RECOGNIZED AS PUBLIC BENEFIT CHARITY IN SPAIN

MADRID, SPAINMONDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 2009

The Spanish Tax Agency has recognized the Church of Scientology of Spain as a social non-profit organization, granting a certificate of recognition in Madrid on November 30, 2009.

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CHURCH OF SCIENTOLOGY OF MOSCOW: DECISION IN EUROPEAN COURT OF HUMAN RIGHTS NOW LAW

MOSCOW, RUSSIAFRIDAY, OCTOBER 5, 2007

The landmark European Court of Human Rights decision affirming the religious rights of Scientologists throughout Europe has now become law. The court denied the Russian government’s application for review of its April 5 decision in favor of the Church of Scientology of Moscow. That decision overturned the Moscow City government’s refusal to register the Church of Scientology of Moscow as a religious organization.

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LANDMARK CHURCH OF SCIENTOLOGY OF MOSCOW DECISION IN EUROPEAN COURT OF HUMAN RIGHTS NOW FINAL

STRASBOURG, FRANCEFRIDAY, JULY 13, 2007

Confirmation of Scientology’s Religious Bona Fides by the Highest Court in Europe. The unanimous decision by the European Court of Human Rights in favor of the Church of Scientology of Moscow issued on April 5, has now become final. That decision overturned the Moscow City government’s refusal to register the Church of Scientology of Moscow as a religious organization.

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CHURCH OF SCIENTOLOGY DECISION PROTECTING RELIGIOUS FREEDOM IN EUROPEAN COURT OF HUMAN RIGHTS

STRASBOURG, FRANCETHURSDAY, APRIL 5, 2007

The European Court of Human Rights ruled unanimously in favor of two Scientology religious groups in Russia, finding that they have the right to be registered as religious organizations under Russian law. This decision determines that members of the Church of Scientology of Surgut and the Church of Scientology of Nizhnekamsk have the right to religious freedom and freedom of association pursuant to Articles 9 and 11 of the European Human Rights Convention Kimlya and Others v. Russia (application nos.

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