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Release International is committed to complying with the Data Protection Act 1998, to follow best practice and process ‘personal data’ and/or ‘sensitive data’ (as defined in the legislation) appropriately. Part of the compliance with the Data Protection Act 1998 is the ‘Notification’ (Registration) of the purposes for which we process data with the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO). The Notification is available on the ICO website, registration number Z5869621.
Release collects and/or processes data on staff, volunteers, supporters and individuals/groups we work with and those we aim to assist. We may share data with third parties as part of realising the aims of our mission and/or as required by UK law. ‘Sensitive personal data’ are shared with the individual’s knowledge and/or to prevent harm. Release cannot accept any liability for processing conducted outside our remit.
As part of our compliance with amended Regulations, a cookie audit has been conducted on our website. We utilise cookies as part of using Google Analytics for our online e-store and security of the members’ area to ensure that we provide the most user-friendly website possible. Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn also use our website to put cookies onto your system – we cannot accept responsibility for any usage of these cookies.
None of the above affects the individual’s rights of access under the Act. If you wish to request a copy of the personal data/sensitive personal data that we may hold on you, please make such a request in writing – email is acceptable. This request should be directed to the Data Protection Officer via the organisation. Please note that we reserve the right to charge an administrative fee of £10 for this service. Please note that the fee is payable in advance and non-refundable.
STATEMENT OF FAITH
We subscribe to the Evangelical Alliance statement of faith, which can be found here.
SAFEGUARDING CHILDREN AND VULNERABLE ADULTS
Release recognises the need to provide a safe and caring environment for children, young people and vulnerable adults, as far as it is in within our abilities to do so in the course of our work. We concur with the Convention on the Rights of the Child which states that children should be able to develop their full potential, free from hunger and want, neglect and abuse. They have a right to be protected from ‘all forms of physical or mental violence, injury or abuse, neglect or negligent treatment or exploitation, including sexual abuse, while in the care of parent(s), legal guardian(s), or any other person who has care of the child.’ Therefore, Release has adopted the procedures set out in its Safeguarding Policy in accordance with statutory guidance. We are committed to work with statutory and voluntary agencies involved in safeguarding. Please contact the Release office if you would like to see a copy of our Safeguarding Policy.
‘But I tell you who hear me; love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.’
From the teachings of Jesus Christ, Luke Chapter 6:verses 27-28
The values and practices of Release International, their staff, volunteers and partners around the world are informed by the teachings of Jesus Christ and the inspired teachings and writings contained within the Holy Bible. Therefore we are opposed to religious intolerance and religious hatred, and support freedom of religion for all people of all faiths, including the right to change one’s religion.
We affirm the spirit and contents of Article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights:
“Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance”.
We seek to tell only the truth about persecution of Christians around the world and will only publish information received from, and authenticated by, partners who are fully trusted, or from respected media sources. We work only to see justice served and the rights of individuals protected. We do not wish to inflame situations or malign other beliefs, and references to conversions to Christianity are intended as a testimony to the transforming power of Jesus Christ working in the individual lives and circumstances and not to provoke derision or criticism of other faiths, religious cultures and belief systems.
The abuse and persecution of Christians around the world is an escalating trend and may cause shock, dismay or even anger to other Christians. It is important that these incidents are investigated, reported and acted upon.
However, it is never our intention to incite hatred or adverse reaction. The teachings of Jesus Christ are clear and unambiguous, requiring that every individual seeking to practise the Christian faith is called to ‘love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you’.
In keeping with the teachings of Jesus Christ, we honour those who today live in challenging environments but choose the path of obedience, faith and trust, regardless of the consequences. We are instructed by the teachings of Jesus Christ to love our neighbour be they Buddhist, Hindu, Jew, Muslim or those of any other faith or belief system and witness to them by our example, and out of genuine concern for them.
If you are reading this page and you belong to another religion or no religion, we want you to know that our prayer for you is that you may one day know the peace and joy in your life that comes through salvation in Jesus Christ.
PHOTOGRAPHY / VIDEO
Photography – please note that photographs or DVDs may be taken or recorded at any events organised by Release International, including Release Potential, Release Women and Prisoners of Faith, and may be used in publicity materials or on our websites.