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LAOS - EUROPEAN UNION
Eleven Christians arrested for praying are ignored by Laos-EU talks
In Savannakhet province, 11 Laotian Christians arrested for meeting at an "unauthorised" location remain in custody. CSW calls on EU leaders to raise the issue of religious freedom with the Asian country. Violations of religious freedom overshadow talks.
Human Rights Watch: No Progress on Rights in Laos
In a report submitted to United Nations activists denounce systemic human rights problems. The forced disappearance of civil society leader Sombath Somphone is particularly worrisome. Lao authorities are defying international concerns. People fear their government because they know officials act with near total impunity.
16/12/2004 Turkey EUROPEAN UNION
Brussels to decide Turkish bid to join EU
Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan says Europe should prove it is not a Christian club. France is in favour of Turkey's entry because it is in its interest but demands Turkey acknowledge Armenian genocide. European bishops state that the EU is forgetting Turkish violations of religious freedom.
17/12/2004 TURKEY - EUROPEAN UNION
EU's Cyprus demand dismays Turkey
Orthodox Patriarch hopes for "a positive decision".
Two Christians arrested in Savannakhet province
Government is trying to stem growing evangelisation according to human rights group.
Plot against the ecumenical Patriarch foiled
The Istanbul public attorney’s office is investigating a group of ex army officers who seem to have plotted to eliminate Bartholomew I as well as Mesrob of the Armenians. The Turkish Supreme Court ruling contesting the ecumenical title of the Patriarchate is discussed in Brussels and finds an unlikely ally in the Church of Moscow.
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