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International protests have been held in Germany to decry these human rights abuses. In October 1997, more than 10,000 Scientologists and members of other religious denominations held a massive march in Berlin in support of religious freedom for people of all faiths. Gathering at the Brandenburg Gate, the marchers called world attention to human rights violations by the German government and demanded religious freedom in Germany.

While individuals in the German government continue to wage war on religious minorities, German courts have stood fast, upholding the constitutional guarantee to freedom of religion.

In a one-year period between August 1995 and August 1996, the Church of Scientology and individual Scientologists prevailed in 107 cases involving the right to practice one’s religion.

When the German judiciary upholds the constitutional rights of one religion, of course, they uphold the constitutional rights of every other religion. Such rulings have thus significantly contributed to freedom of religion for all faiths in Germany.

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