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.
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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15 Nov, 2022
CEC conducted a training for the members of the Council of Churches in the Netherlands on security for places of worship and religious communities. The training was held online as part of the Safer and Stronger Communities in Europe, a project carried out by CEC together with European religious partners, funded by the Internal Police Fund of the European Commission.
24 Oct, 2022
CEC contributed to the conference on “Freedom of Religion with regard to Religious Slaughter” organised by the European Commission on 20 October in Brussels. CEC’s contribution focused on freedom of religion or belief, and the rights of religious minorities, presented by Dr Elizabeta Kitanovic, CEC Executive Secretary for Human Rights.
10 Oct, 2022
Prof. Petr Kratochvíl is a CEC Governing Board Member from the Evangelical Church of Czech Brethren. He reflects on what keeps him optimistic about the role of churches in European politics, and why we cannot be afraid.
18 Sep, 2022
Violence against religious communities is increasing a challenge for believers in Germany. Jewish communities are particularly affected, but also Christian congregations face rising levels of vandalism and crime.
12 Jul, 2022
CEC’s work on human rights and the project Safer and Stronger Communities in Europe was presented at a House of Lords event hosted by Lord John Alderdice in London.
12 Jul, 2022
CEC participated in a meeting of the EPP Working Group on Intercultural and Religious Dialogue in Strasbourg.
27 Jun, 2022
The Conference of European Churches (CEC) organised a training for its Member Churches in Italy, addressing security and safety risks, threats, and challenges in the country. The training was held on 24 June in Rome, as part of the Safer and Stronger Communities in Europe (SASCE) project, carried out by CEC, and funded by the Internal Police Fund of the European Commission.
16 Jun, 2022
Security, artificial Intelligence and human rights. What do social and technological developments in these three areas imply for the future of free and at the same time secure societies? This important question was explored in depth by participants from across Europe at the 9th CEC Summer School on Human Rights.
13 Jun, 2022
The Conference of European Churches, together with the Orthodox Church of Finland held a briefing and training for the church leaders and the church staff on the protection of the worship places on 8 June. The event was held as part of the project Safer and Stronger Communities in Europe (SASCE) funded by the European Commission Internal Police Fund, and the training was conducted by CEC Executive Secretary for Human Rights Dr Elizabeta Kitanovic.
17 May, 2022
The safety and security of religious communities in France were addressed in a training conducted by CEC in Paris. Held as part of the SASCE project, the event brought together French church leaders and staff members.