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Nov. 30, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- According to a statement released today, the International Raelian Movement (
www.rael.org) has filed a detailed complaint against
Switzerland with the United Nations Human Rights Council.* The complaint claims Swiss involvement in persecuting the Raelian Movement while protecting the Vatican and members of the clergy involved with pedophilia.
Eric Remacle, spokesperson for the European Raelian Movement, explained why the IRM has filed the complaint.
"This file has been sent to the United Nations after we exhausted all national and European options over the last ten years," he said. "The matter started when we were denied the right to put up a poster in designated public areas in
Switzerland. The Swiss police and the Swiss judges didn't see any problem denying Raelians their freedom to express their beliefs in public areas that are made for that. The biggest surprise came from the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) and the deciding vote against us, which was handed down by the chief judge. The vote was based on ridiculously unfounded rumors."
But Remacle said the ECHR decision became much more understandable afterward.
"We realized that this chief judge is actually a well-known servant of the Vatican," he said. "We are indeed entitled to ask the United Nations how we can possibly expect to have a decision in our favor when most of the Swiss and European judges are clearly Catholic."
Remacle said the Raelians were the first to structure an association, called Nopedo (
www.nopedo.org), to denounce the pedophilic activities of the leaders of the Catholic Church.
"Despite the thousands of crimes committed by them and the billions of dollars in judgments that have been handed down to Catholic dioceses around the world, a Belgian judge condemned Nopedo for defamation against the Catholic Church," Remacle said.