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Volume 5, Number 45
Friday, November 18, 2005

BIGOTRY MONITOR

A Weekly Human Rights Newsletter on Antisemitism, Xenophobia, and
Religious Persecution in the Former Communist World and Western Europe

EDITOR: CHARLES FENYVESI
(News and Editorial Policy within the sole discretion of the editor)

Published by UCSJ: Union of Councils for Jews in the Former Soviet Union
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POLL SHOWS RISING RACISM, HIGH LEVEL OF ANTISEMITISM

ANTI-FASCIST STUDENT ACTIVIST KILLED
 
ANTI-ROMA VIOLENCE IN SIBERIA

SOCCER FANS ATTACK ROMA

EIGHT EX-PRESIDENTS WARN PUTIN

COURT NIXES JUSTICE MINISTRY'S BAN ON PRO-CHECHEN GROUP

SUPREME COURT OKAYS BAN ON NATIONAL BOLSHEVIKS

DUMA PREPARES BILL TO CURB MISSIONARIES

PROTESTANTS CHARGE DEFAMATION BY TV PROGRAMS

TOMBSTONES DEFACED

RUSSIAN-UZBEK PACT SIGNED, EU BLOCKS TRAVEL BY UZBEK LEADERS

CHIRAC FIRM BUT FAIR IN FACE OF RIOTS

* * * QUOTE OF THE WEEK, SPONSORS BEHIND KILLINGS * * *  


VIOLATIONS OF RELIGIOUS FREEDOM PERSIST
State Department Report Calls for More Improvement

The State Department's annual International Religious Freedom Report,
released last week by its Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor,
criticized a number of countries for poor performance. According to the
list, the worst offenders in the reporting period - between July 2004
and July 2005 - were Burma, China, Cuba, and North Korea. Among the less
serious offenders were Iran, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, and Uzbekistan. The
thrust of the annual report, mandated by Congress in 1996, is the
identification of attempts to "control religious thought expression" by
"totalitarian and authoritarian regimes." "The practice of religion is
often seen as a threat to the state's ideology or power," the report
pointed out. "Oftentimes, the state suppresses religious groups based on
the dominant ethnicity of groups." 
 
IN RUSSIA, LIFE WORSENED FOR SOME MINORITY FAITHS

UKRAINE FOLLOWS THE RUSSIAN MODEL

IMPROVEMENT IN GEORGIA

FURTHER DECLINE OF RELIGIOUS FREEDOM IN UZBEKISTAN

STATE DEPARTMENT LIST CRITICIZED

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