Event : A cause for concern in Europe - 16 October 2013 - Brussels


Written the Friday, September 20th 2013 à 16:26
EIFRF




Freedom of opinion, religion and belief
Persecution of, and discrimination against, minority-groups


Event : A cause for concern in Europe - 16 October 2013 - Brussels
This conference will be held on the 16th of October 2013 (13:00 to 18:00) at 2 minutes walk from the EU parliament, Renaissance Hotel (Mariott), Rue du Parnasse, 1050 Brussels. To reserve your place, please contact:  Eric, +33 647 695 235, eiforumrf@gmail.com

Conference/debate

 

A cause for concern in Europe

Freedom of opinion, religion and belief

Persecution of, and discrimination against, minority-groups

 

 By the European Interreligious Forum

for Religious Freedom (EIFRF)

 

With the participation of

 

• The Gerard Noodt Foundation for FoRB

• UNITED SIKHS

• Pro Europa Christiana

• Soteria International

• CAPLC Europe

• FOREF Europe

• EMISCO

                                                                            

 

This conference will be held

On the 16th of October 2013 (13:30 to 18:00)

At the Renaissance Hotel - Rue du Parnasse 19 - 1050 Brussels

2 minutes walk from the EU Parliament

 

Please make a reservation by sending your full name

Contact: Eric +33 647 695 235, eiforumrf@gmail.com

 

 

Refreshments and hot drinks will be provided


Freedom of belief, religion and opinion, as well as religious freedoms in general, are fundamental rights, guaranteed by numerous international treaties and conventions, including several European ones. Nevertheless, many recent reports describe a large number of infringements of these rights, even in European countries. Indeed, minorities of belief are increasingly subjected to discrimination in some European countries, or even to persecution, by means of various deleterious instruments, which give an appearance of legality but which, in reality, are at odds with European and international standards of Human Rights.
Because the believers in every religion, and the holders of any particular belief or opinion, are in the minority somewhere, the rights of the adherents of any faith or view are liable to infringement, as perpetrated by governments or as promoted by groups working as front-organizations for particular vested interests or for governments.
In this Conference, we will examine in detail the trend in Europe to increase restrictions on freedom of opinion, religion and belief, as well as the clandestine efforts of some governments to export discriminatory systems to other countries via European institutions, and the concrete effects of these things. We will examine the existing tools for protecting freedom of belief, religion and opinion (including international law, international jurisprudence and EU-jurisprudence). The speakers (in 2 different panels) will be representatives from various religious denominations, international experts in the relevant fields and specialist defenders of human rights.
Each panel-presentation will be followed by live debates.
 
Speakers
 
Bashy Quraishy
Secretary General - European Muslim Initiative For Social Cohesion - Strasbourg
Chairman - Advisory Council - European Network Against Racism – Brussels
 
Professor Juan Ferreiro Gualguera
Full professorship of Ecclesiastical Law at University of Coruna
Former D/Director General for Promotion and Protection
of Religious Freedom at the Spain Ministry of Justice.
 
Hans Noot
President of the Gerard Noodt Foundation
Member of the board of the ICRLS
 
Eric Roux
Steering Committee of the European Interreligious Forum for Religious Freedom
 
Dr. Alessandro Amicarelli
PhD, Attorney at law. LAW Society of England and Wales
Doctor of Research in International Order and Human Rights
"SAPIENZA" University of Rome
 
Jasvir Singh
United Sikhs International
 
Patricia Duval
Attorney at Law – France
Specialist in European and international Human Rights law
 
Paul. Herzog Von Oldenburg
Coordinator: International Federation, Pro Europa Christiana
 
 
Moderator
 
Father Aethlwine
Orthodox Priest - Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch – UK




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