October 2, 2014
by Addison Morris
The European Court for Human Rights (ECHR) on Thursday ruled to officially recognize the Church of Scientology as a legal entity, over strong opposition by Russian authorities. The church has applied for recognition six times between the years of 1995 and 2003. The applications were either ...[read more]
October 16, 2013
by Samuel Franklin
France's highest appeals court on Wednesday upheld the 2009 fraud conviction of the Church of Scientology. The Cour de Cassation, the country's court of final appeal for civil and criminal matters, rejected the organization's request that the conviction be overturned on the grounds it violated ...[read more]
May 14, 2013
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
The Federal Court of Justice in Karlsruhe on Tuesday ordered Google to remove defamatory autocomplete results if notified. The plaintiffs, an unidentified company selling nutritional supplements and its founder, claimed when their names were entered on Google's German-language website, ...[read more]
June 30, 2012
by Cynthia Miley
On June 30, 2011, a Shchyolkovo town court ruled that the main texts of Scientology, including What Is Scientology?, are "calls to extremist activity" and effectively banned them by placing them on Russia's Federal List of Extremist Materials. The judge ruled that materials by L. Ron Hubbard were " ...[read more]
February 5, 2012
by Matthew Pomy
A French court of appeals on Thursday upheld the 2009 fraud conviction against the Church of Scientology, fining the defendants a total of ?600,000. The decision upheld the original conviction of the Spiritual Association of the Church of Scientology (ASES), an affiliated bookstore, and seve... ...[read more]
July 1, 2011
by Julia Zebley
A Shchyolkovo town court ruled Thursday that the main texts of Scientology, including What Is Scientology?, are "calls to extremist activity" and placed them on the Federal List of Extremist Materials, effectively banning them in Russia. The judge ruled, based on expert testimony, that materials ...[read more]
October 1, 2010
by Dwyer Arce
On October 1, 2009, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled that Russia interfered with the freedom of religion by refusing to register two Scientology groups as "religious organizations." Russian authorities had rejected attempts by Scientology branches in Surgut and Nizhnekamsk to ...[read more]
October 2, 2009
by Andrew Morgan
The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled Thursday that Russia intefered with the freedom of religion by refusing to register two Scientology groups as religious organizations. Russian authorities had rejected attempts by Scientologist branches in Surgut and Nizhnekamsk to register... ...[read more]
October 1, 2009
by Ingrid Burke
Kimlya and others v. Russia, European Court of Human Rights, October 1, 2009. Reported in JURIST's Paper Chase here. Latest commentary available here. JURIST has more on the human rights issues in Russia... ...[read more]
November 22, 2008
by Andrew Gilmore
The German government announced Friday that it has ended its investigation into the practices of the Church of Scientology. The German Interior Ministry began a probe into Scientology in 2007, calling it an organization that is not compatible with the constitution, seeking to ban the or... ...[read more]

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