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Template:Infobox Organization FECRIS (Fédération Européenne des Centres de Recherche Fédération Européenne des Centres de Recherche et d'Information sur le Sectarisme) - Template:Fr European Federation of Centres of Research and Information on Sectarianism - is a non-profit association that serves as an umbrella organization for groups which investigate the activities of cults or cult-like organizations in Europe.


FECRIS was formed as a French non-profit association, founded in Paris on June 30, 1994,[1] after the 1993 Congress on Sectarianism in Barcelona.[2] FECRIS serves as an umbrella organization for groups which investigate the activities of cults or cult-like organizations in Europe,[3] and it describes itself as "politically, philosophically and religiously neutral".[1] The first president of FECRIS was Dr. Jacques Richard,[4] succeeded by Friedrich Griess.[5] The organization began in 1994 with representation from 10 different countries in Europe.[6] The group's first meeting was held in Paris in October 1994.[4] Its second meeting in April 1995 was attended by individuals from six different countries.[4] At the meeting, the organization decided to focus on research, and stated "the legal aspects of family/cult relationships should be the first subject for research by an appropriate university or professional department".[4]

At a meeting held in Germany in 1996, the organization recommended perusing recent court decisions for information that could be of use to individuals involved in groups researched by FECRIS.[4] By 1999, FECRIS had established a website, located at[4] The organization's president, Jean Nokin, traveled with the vice president to a meeting of the American Family Foundation in April 2000, where they presented on the topic of "Cults and the Millennium".[4] By May 2001, FECRIS had 36 member organizations in 24 different countries.[4] A June 2001 meeting in Paris dealt with the impact of membership in controversial religious groups, issues of litigation against cults, and safety of youth involved in such groups.[4] The organization held a May 2002 meeting in Barcelona on the topic of "Children and Cults".[4]

As of 2003 the government of France provided funding to the organization.[7] In March 2005, the Council of Europe's Standing Committee of the Parliamentary Assembly granted FECRIS advisory status.[4] In 2009, FECRIS was granted "ECOSOC Special Consultative Status" by the United Nations.[8]

The current President is Daniéle Muller-Tulli. Vice-Presidents are Alexander Dvorkin and Braka Dujmic-Delcourt. Among the memebrs of the Scientific Committee are Janja Lalich, Alexandra Stein, Luigi Corvaglia and Jean-Pierre Jougla.

Member organizations


Country Organization
Aktion für geistige und psychische Freiheit e.V. (AGPF e.V.)
Sektenberatung Bremen
Niedersächische Elterninitiative gegen den Missbrauch der Religion (EGMR)
Sekten-Info Essen Nordrhein-Westfalen
Gesellschaft gegen Sekten- und Kultgefahren
Contacts et Informations sur les Groupes Sectaires (CIGS)
C.I.S.K.- Centre for Information on Sects and Cults, Croatia
Centre de documentation, d'éducation & d'action contre les manipulations mentales - centre Roger Ikor (CCMM)
Union nationale des associations de défense des familles et de l'individu (UNADFI)
Groupe d'étude des mouvements de pensee en vue de la prévention des individus (GEMPPI)
Great Britain
The Family Survival Trust
Dialogue Ireland
Ce.S.A.P. - Centro Studi Abusi Psicologici
FA.VI.S - Associazione Nazionale Familiari delle Vittime delle Sette
Ruch obrony rodziny i jednostky polish family association (RORIJ)- Polish Family Association
C.R.S. - Center of Religious Studies, Russia
C.A.S. - Center for Anthropological Studies, Serbia
Atención e Investigación de Socioadicciones (AIS)
Föreningen Rädda Individen (FRI)
Schweizerische Arbeitgemeinschaft gegen destruktive Kulte (SADK)
Association suisse pour la defense de la famille & de l'individu (ASDFI)
F.P.P.S. - Family and Personality Protection Society
N.S.S. - National Spiritual Security


FECRIS is described in the 2006 book Non-State Actors in the Human Rights Universe as "a transnational network of ... anti-cult associations".[2] The A to Z of New Religious Movements by George D. Chryssides places FECRIS within the genre of the anti-cult movement.[6] Paul A. Marshall writes in Religious Freedom in the World that many cult-awareness groups (CAGs) that investigate new religious movements belong to FECRIS.[10] Writing in Multireligiosität im vereinten Europa, Eileen Barker comments that "FECRIS was founded to encompass a number of anti-cult groups."[11] The organization is described in the 2004 book New Religions: A Guide: New Religious Movements, Sects and Alternative Spiritualities: "In France, the principal anti-cult group is UNADFI (National Association for the Defence of the Family International). FECRIS (European Federation of Centres for Research and Sectarianism), founded in 1994, covers Europe more widely, having representatives from ten different European countries."[12]


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Introduction". Fédération Européenne des Centres de Recherche et d'Information sur le Sectarisme. 2003. Retrieved 2009-06-18.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Andreopoulos, George; Zehra Kabasakal Arat, Peter Juviler (2006). Non-State Actors in the Human Rights Universe. Kumarian Press. p. 325. ISBN 1565492137.
  3. Kirby, Terry (March 27, 2004). "Family's plea for cult awareness week after student died in a state of terror". The Independent. Retrieved 2009-06-18.
  4. 4.00 4.01 4.02 4.03 4.04 4.05 4.06 4.07 4.08 4.09 4.10 Arweck, Elizabeth (2006). Researching New Religious Movements: Responses and Redefinitions. Routledge. pp. 132–134. ISBN 978-0415277549.
  5. "Preamble". Acts of the conference, Cults and Esotericism: New Challenges for Civil Societies in Europe. April 28, 2007. Retrieved 2009-06-19.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Chryssides, George D. (2006). The A to Z of New Religious Movements. Scarecrow Press. pp. 35, 127. ISBN 0810855887.
  7. Bruce, Steve (2003). Politics and Religion. Polity. p. 198. ISBN 0745628206.
  8. Department of Economic and Social Affairs - NGO Branch: Search result for 'FECRIS' shows the profile
  9. "Members". Fédération Européenne des Centres de Recherche et d'Information sur le Sectarisme. 2003. Retrieved 2009-06-18.
  10. Marshall, Paul A. (2007). Religious Freedom in the World. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.. p. 31. ISBN 978-0742562134.
  11. Lehmann, Hartmut (2003). Multireligiosität im vereinten Europa: historische und juristische Aspekte. Wallstein Verlag. p. 227. Template:Oclc.
  12. Partridge, Christopher (2004). New Religions: A Guide: New Religious Movements, Sects and Alternative Spiritualities. Oxford University Press, USA. p. 76. ISBN 0195220420.

External links

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