Destructive Groups and Youth

International Conference


Friday 26 November 2010 (9h to 17:30h)

Rijeka Town Hall – Conference Hall

Under the patronage of the Primorsko-Goranska Region and the City of Rijeka


Organized by

The University of Rijeka

CISK – Centre for Information on Sects and Cults – Croatia, Member of FECRIS

FECRIS – European Federation of Centres of Research and Information on Sectarianism

Participant in the Fundamental Rights Platform of the European Union since 2010

NGO with Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations

INGO with Participatory Status at the Council of Europe


8h30– Registration


9h00– Conference opening

Simultaneous translation (French-English-Croatian) will be provided


Conference Opening

Ms Branka Dujmić-Delcourt, President of CISK

Miroslav Matešić, Deputy Mayor of Rijeka

Mr Pero Lučin, Rector of the University of Rijeka

Mr Zlatko Komadina, President of the Primorsko-Goranska Region


“Manipulation and Exploitation of Young and Vulnerable People by Destructive Groups: Legislative Action at the European Level”

Moderator: Mr Berislav Pavišić PhD, Professor at the Law Faculty, University of Rijeka

Tom Sackville (UK), President of FECRIS

Great Britain and Abusive Cults – Thirty Years of Governmental Irresponsibility


Georges Fenech (France),  President of MIVILUDES – Inter-ministerial Mission of Vigilance and Combat against Sectarian Aberrations

The Necessary Mobilization of the European Union Against Cult/Sect Excesses


Catherine Picard (France),  President of UNADFI – National Union of the Associations of Defence of Families and Individuals from Sects/Cults, Co-initiator of the ‘About-Picard’ law

The ‘About-Picard’ Law


Nick Xenophon  (Australia),  Independent Senator of South Australia

Tackling the Impact of Cults and Cult-like Behaviours in the Australian Society (Read by Tom Sackville)


Questions and Answers

Coffee break 10 min.


11h30– Conference opening


André Frédéric (Belgium), Federal Deputy of the Chamber of Representatives of Belgium

Evolution of the Cult/Sect Phenomenon in Belgium and Legislation against the Abuse of the Weak


Henri de Cordes (Belgium), President of CIAOSN – Belgian Federal Centre of Information and Advice on Harmful Sectarian Organisations

Criminalising the Abuse of Weakness: the Stakes of a Politico-Legal Debate


Dany Lesciauskas (Belgium), Team Leader, Anti-Terrorism Division, Belgian Federal Police

Cultist Excesses, the Approach to the Phenomenon by the Police


Branka Dujmić–Delcourt  (Croatia – Belgium),  President of CISK Croatia

Manipulative Groups and Victims in Croatia and the Balkan Countries.


Questions and Answers

13h00→14h30 Lunch break



“Impact of Destructive Groups on Vulnerable Persons in South-Eastern Europe



Short presentations

Moderator:  Vlado Jukić,  MD PhD, Psychiatrist

Professor at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Rijeka

Mijo Nikić, PhD, Psychologist, Professor at the Faculty of Philosophy, Jesuits’ University of Zagreb

Methods of Self Promotion used by Cult Followers and New Religious Movements


Nebojša Buđanovac, Social Pedagogue and Psychotherapist, President of the ‘Guardian Angels’, Varaždin

Influence of Satanic Sects on Young People in Croatia


Verica Jačmenica – Jazbec MD, Specialist in Pediatrics, County Hospital of Čakovec

Children Victims: Examples from my Practice


Dora Babić, Nutritionist bacc.

Dangers of Diets Recommended by Esoteric and other New Age Groups


Questions and Answers

Coffee break 10 min.




Moderator:  Tomislav Babić MD PhD, Neurologist

Nikola Jelovac,  MD PhD,  Psychiatrist,  Head of the Women Psycho-Geriatrics, Psychiatric Hospital of Ugljan (Zadar)

Manipulations of the Mind by the Techniques of Transcendental Meditation (TM)


Dejan Vinković PhD, Docent, Physics Department, Faculty of Natural Science and Mathematics, University of Split

The Attitude of Government Bodies Towards the Use of Para-Medicine for Protecting School Children from Pathogenic Radiations


Tomislav Babić MD PhD, Neurologist, Senior Director of Neuroscience, CNS International, i3 Global, Maidenhead, UK

Treatment in Croatia: the Product of Science or of Superstition


Questions and Answers


Round Table and Public Debate




Moderator:  Miomir Matulović PhD

Dean of the Faculty of Law, University of Rijeka
Distinguished Participants

Mirjana Graovac,  MD PhD, Psychiatrist, Professor at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Rijeka

Iva Josipović MSc, Assistant to the Head of the Board for Health and Social Care of the Primorsko-Goranska Region

Jagoda Dabo-Deželjin, MD MSc, Primarius, Head of School Medicine, Institute for Public Health of the Primorsko-Goranska Region, Faculty of Medicine, University of Rijeka

Elvio Baccarini PhD, Professor at the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Rijeka

Vlado Jukić, MD PhD, Psychiatrist,  Professor at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Zagreb, Director of the Psychiatric Hospital “Vrapče”, Zagreb


Conference Closure

Berislav Pavišić PhD, Professor at the Law Faculty, University of Rijeka

“Rijeka declaration”