Human Rights are a significant focus for international organisations such as the European Union, Council of Europe, Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe and United Nations.
CEC Member Churches advocate for the promotion and protection of human rights at the highest standards inside Europe and beyond its borders.
We monitor and advocate for the implementation of civil and political rights, as well as social, economic and cultural rights vis-à-vis International Organisations and European Institutions. We devote attention to a number of specific issues including freedom of religion or belief, anti-discrimination legislation, and developing resources for training and human rights education.Recent consultations on freedom of religion or belief and religious minorities in culturally diverse societies have produced statements on these topics.
- Conclusions from Academic Conference on “Freedom of Religion or Belief in Montenegro, Podgorica, May 2019
- Communique from conference on “Towards Peaceful co-existence in the Middle East: challenges and opportunities”, 2018
- Communiqué on the legal status und protection of ‘places of worship’ and ‘holy sites’ 2017
- Endorsement of the CEC Governing Board of the Final
- Communique of the consultation on Religious Minorities as Part of Culturally Diverse Societies, Zagreb, 21 and 22 October 2016
- Statement of the consultation on Advancing Freedom of Religion or Belief for All, Halki Theological School, 7 to 9 September, 2015
Following are speeches from 2018 CEC debate on 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights & European Parliament seminar in the framework of Article 17
- Metropolitan Porfirije of Zagreb and Ljubljana of the Serbian Orthodox Church
- Bishop Porfyrios of Neapolis of the Church of Cyprus
- Rev. Dr Daniel Topalski of the United Methodist Church in Bulgaria and Romania
Let us work together for creation of a human rights culture!
For more information on these issues please contact Dr Elizabeta Kitanovic.
5 Mar, 2014
CSC Human Rights Secretary Mag. Elizabeta Kitanovic contributed to the Istanbul process 16/18 for Combating Intolerance and Discrimination based on Religion or Belief
13 Nov, 2013
On 13 November 2013, the European Parliament Working Group on Freedom of Religion or Belief hosted a hearing at the European Parliament on Christians in Egypt.
2 Nov, 2013
Churches’ Voice on Human Rights – Training on Social, Economic and Cultural Rights in the Euromediterranean Region
About 30 people from 13 countries gathered to Palermo, Italy, from 30 October to 1 November 2013 for a training on social, economic and cultural rights as formulated in international and regional conventions and charters. The training gave an opportunity for churches to meet and exchange expertise on the human rights situation from both sides of the Mediterranean Sea.
3 Sep, 2013
Protection of persons belonging to religious minorities, believers and non-believers and their contributions to the fight against intolerance, discrimination and hate speech with regard to freedom of religion.
25 Jun, 2013
Visit to the European External Action Service and MEPs Dennis de Jong and Peter van Dalen, Co-Presidents of the European Parliament Working Group on Freedom of Religion or Belief (EPWG on FoRB)
5 Dec, 2011
From 9 to 11 December at the Protestant Academy (Bad Boll), CEC hosted a dialogue on the the Christian understanding of human rights.
19 Sep, 2011
The Conference of European Churches has made a submission to the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Baroness Catherine Ashton on the implementation of Freedom of Religion or Belief in the world by the Church and Society Commission (CSC) of the Conference of European Churches (CEC).
27 Jun, 2011
Dialogue seminar on Roma inclusion took place on 27 June in the European Commission in the organization of the Church and Society Commission of the Conference of European Churches (CEC) in cooperation with the Churches’ Commission for Migrants in Europe (CCME) and The Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Community (COMECE) in cooperation with the Council of European Bishops’ Conferences (CCEE) & The Bureau of European Policy Advisors (BEPA), European Commission.
10 Dec, 2010
Interruption of the Christmas Divine Liturgy in the occupied Rizokarpaso, Cyprus the 25th of December
In December 2010 the Turkish occupying regime violated the Religious Rights of the Greek‐Cypriots and specifically of the enclaved ones. Until December 2010 the status for celebrating services for the priest of the enclaved Greek Cypriots was the one of celebrating any kind of service without permission from the illegal Turkish regime.
14 Apr, 2010
Contributions to the seminar organised in the European Parliament by the Church and Society Commission of CEC and the Representation of the Church of Cyprus to the EU.