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On 23 April 2013, Mr. Pieter Omtzigt (Netherland, member of PACE, EPP) co-sponsored an event with Lord Dundee (UK, member of PACE, EDG). The European Interreligious Forum for Religious Forum (EIFRF) helped to organise the event during the Plenary Session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE). The main reason for the meeting was to provide information crucial to the discussion of a report in progress on “Sectarian Influence on Minors”, with Mr. Rudy Salles as rapporteur (France, member of the PACE). Here is a video of the speech of Dr. Petar Gramatikov, a Doctor of Theology of the Universal Orthodox Church, working for the Bulgarian government on religious registration issues, and member of the board of EIFRF.



Rédigé par EIFRF le Thursday, April 25th 2013 | Comments (0)

New resolution on religious freedom adopted by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe
Safeguarding human rights in relation to religion and belief, and protecting religious communities from violence
 
Strasbourg, 24.04.2013 – Concerned about increasing physical and psychological violence against religious communities throughout the world, the Assembly today called on member States to take account of the situation of these communities in their bilateral political dialogue and to promote in their foreign relations “a policy which takes into consideration the question of the full respect for the fundamental rights of religious minorities”.
In this context, the resolution adopted on the basis of the report by Luca Volontè (Italy, EPP/CD) says that member States should “ensure that a democracy clause, incorporating religious freedom, is included in agreements between them and third countries”.
The Assembly also urges all States in which violence has occurred against communities and individuals defined by their religion or belief firmly to condemn attacks, the use of violence in general and all forms of discrimination and intolerance based on religion and beliefs.
It also recommends that States “accommodate religious beliefs in the public sphere by guaranteeing freedom of thought in relation to health care, education and the civil service, provided that the rights of others to be free from discrimination are respected and that the access to lawful services is guaranteed”. The Assembly also emphasised that freedom of expression should not be restricted to meet the sensitivities of any group in a democratic society.
 


Rédigé par EIFRF le Thursday, April 25th 2013 | Comments (0)

On 23 April 2013, Mr. Pieter Omtzigt (Netherland, member of PACE, EPP) co-sponsored an event with Lord Dundee (UK, member of PACE, EDG). The European Interreligious Forum for Religious Forum (EIFRF) helped to organise the event during the Plenary Session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE). The main reason for the meeting was to provide information crucial to the discussion of a report in progress on “Sectarian Influence on Minors”, with Mr. Rudy Salles as rapporteur (France, member of the PACE). Here is a video of the speech of Professor Marco Ventura, from Catholic University of Leuven.



Rédigé par EIFRF le Thursday, April 25th 2013 | Comments (0)

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