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Belgian court strikes down order shutting down ‘NatCon’ conference

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BRUSSELS (17th April 2024) –  The Belgian justice system has acted to protect the freedoms of speech and assembly with a decisive emergency late-night ruling in favour of the Brussels conference on National Conservativism. 

The conference will be free to meet today for its second day of talks without further interference from state authorities, the Conseil d’État, the highest court in Belgium relating to issues of public administration, has ruled.  

The programme features several elected officials and high-profile public figures, including UK MP Miriam Cates, former UK Home Secretary Suella Braverman, and German Cardinal Ludwig Müller; as well as the much publicised Nigel Farage.

A legal challenge was filed by conference organisers, with support from ADF International, regarding the authorities’ decision to prohibit the conference. The venue was surrounded by police, and speakers and guests outside were denied access. 

You can read the ADF’s full report here.

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