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.
- Communique: Have hope not fear! Responses to populism from a religious and human rights perspective
- 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.
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4 Feb, 2021
In a letter to the French government, CEC expressed deep concern over the draft law introduced to fight Islamic radicalism in the country. CEC, together with its Member Churches in France, while recognising the need to counter extremism, pointed out the damaging effect the law can inflict on law abiding religious communities. CEC stressed the need for the government to engage further with religious leaders.
25 Jan, 2021
In a letter to Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen and Minister for Church Affairs Joy Mogensen, issued on 26 January 2021, the CEC has expressed deep concern regarding the new suggested initiative on compulsory translation of sermons from other languages into Danish.
13 Oct, 2020
A new report and resource kit to address hateful content online has been published by WACC Europe, the European region of the World Association for Christian Communication.
13 Oct, 2020
Together with the World Council of Churches the Conference of European Churches shares “deep concern about the violations of the humanitarian ceasefire agreed between Armenia and Azerbaijan.”
6 Oct, 2020
CEC offers prayer for peace among Armenia and Azerbaijan and encourages international organisations to find a durable peace solution
CEC has encouraged the OSCE Minsk Group and the European External Action Service (EEAS) to increase their efforts in searching for a durable peaceful solution in the Nagorno-Karabakh region.
19 Jul, 2020
Presentations contributed to CEC's 7th Virtual Summer School on Human Rights held online from 7 to 10 July 2020.
14 Jul, 2020
CEC has witnessed the recent decision of Hagia Sophia’s conversion into a mosque with deep regret.
13 Jul, 2020
Challenges for human rights in the times of COVID-19 was a theme sharp in focus at the 7th virtual Summer School on Human Rights.
12 Jul, 2020
The CEC Annual Report 2019 is now available. The report reviews CEC activities carried out in 2019, continuing in the current year, featuring highlights from CEC’s 60th anniversary.
21 Jun, 2020
Hate speech is increasingly widespread. To explore these issues, CEC releases a new video, featuring impressions from participants of its 6th Summer School on Human Rights.