Acts of the conference
State responsibility to protect citizens against destructive cults:
Analysis of present and possible future models
12 April 2008
Grand Hotel Duomo, Via Santa Maria, 94, Pisa (ITALY)
A.R.I.S. TOSCANA - A.R.I.S. VENETO
Associazioni per la Ricerca e l'Informazione sulle Sette
Sponsored by the French government and the following Italian public Administrations:
Concentric circles are circles with a common centre. This image can apply to FECRIS which has rippled along since its foundation in 1994 creating from so few, a gathering of so many, today. It has also overlapped and attracted friends from the other side of the Atlantic who are particularly welcome as they see our combat from afar and their objective comments on our European efforts are greatly appreciated.
Because of their geographically scattered localisations and a general lack of interest from the political class, the organisation of this conference was an enormous challenge for our two Italian members, Aris-Veneto and Aris-Toscana, and our general secretary Mireille Degen, who, because she speaks Italian, was the main contact person during its preparation. The challenge successfully reached its climax in Pisa on 12 April, thank you! I should not forget to mention our treasurer, the speakers and all of you, about 140 people from 23 countries, who came to listen, to discuss and to think together.
Although we do not interfere with the views of the speakers, we nevertheless feel obliged to dissociate ourselves with some declarations made in the following Acts because certain ideas expressed are in contradiction with our own vocation. Some speakers are new to the subject and seem to be rather confused with regard to the difference between the declarations of certain academics and the motivations of a federation of associations, like FECRIS, whose main combat is to assist families negatively affected by destructive, manipulative cults and sects.
Although, according to its statutes, FECRIS is non-political, in the present troubled climate when the European effort is weakened by populists and separatist tendencies, we think that FECRIS, through the general goodwill of its members, is an example of peacefulness and pluralism versus totalitarianism.
Finally, I want to thank all those who provided the financial basis for this conference: the French government, the Italian public Administration of the provinces of Veneto, Rimini and Pisa and the generosity of the organising associations who went to so much trouble to contribute. I hope that they will in one way or another benefit from the discussions in this gathering.
ALESSANDRINI Maurizio – President of the FA.VIS Association (IT)
KATZ Catherine – Secretary General of MIVILUDES (FR)
POLLINA Sergio – author and expert (IT)
NACCI Emanuele - Criminal Lawyer and Constitutionalist – Bari (IT)
PITZINGER Peter - Head of Landesstelle für Sektenfragen (AT)
FREDERIC André - Member of the House of Representatives and President of the Task Force in charge of the monitoring of the Parliamentary Committee of Inquiry’s recommendations (BE)
WESTERHOLM Barbro - Member of the Swedish Parliament (SE)
MONVOISIN Richard - Doctor of didactic sciences and part-time lecturer at the University Grenoble 1, (FR)
AVETA Achille (IT) - Free-lance author
POZZA TASCA Elisa, (IT) - President of the NGO:
LICHTENWALNER Pamela (US) - Researcher and public educator
Potpourri – Exchange of information open to all participants
TINELLI Lorita - President of CeASP (IT)
DELPECHE Claude & GERARD Delphine (FR) - President and Psychologist of AFSI (FR)
DUJMIC-DELCOURT Branka (Croatia) - President of the Centre of Information on sects and cults (CISK)
DUBROW-MARSHALL Rod (UK) - Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Glamorgan, Wales
RADIGOIS Jean-Yves (FR) - Doctor’s thesis in the Education Faculty, University of Sherbrooke (Québec) and the Institut de Psychologie et Sociologie Appliquées (IPSA), U C O (Angers)
NOWAKOWSKI Piotr T. (PL), doctor of pedagogy; Assistant Professor at The John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin – Off-Campus Faculty of Social Sciences in Stalowa Wola
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