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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26 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.
9 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.
13 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.
7 Jan, 2010
As a member of the European Union Fundamental Rights Platform, the Church and Society Commission (CSC) of the Conference of European Churches (CEC) welcomes the invitation to offer suggestions for FRA’s Work Programme 2010. The proposals in this paper have been developed in close cooperation with the Churches’ Commission for Migrants in Europe (CCME).
20 Nov, 2009
Report from the 13th CEC Assembly in Lyon, July 2009. Participants expressed their interest and approval of the process to publish and implement the Human Rights Training Manua
20 Nov, 2009
From 6 to 10 November 2002 the Working Group on Human Rights and Religious Freedom of the Church and Society Commission of the Conference of the European Churches (CEC) organized a consultation in Vienna under the theme: “Religious Freedom – Majority and Minority Communities in their Relation to the State”.
27 Sep, 2009
Response to the Request for comments and suggestions for follow-up to the Annual Report 2009 of the EU Fundamental Rights Agency
The Church and Society Commission of the Conference of European Churches (now merged with CEC), has responded to the EU Fundamental Rights Agency request for comments and suggestions as follow up to its Annual Report 2009.
15 Jul, 2009
Hearing on Minimal Rights for Churches and Communities of Faith and Conviction. We are looking forward to a fruitful and vital discussion! You are warmly welcome even if you didn’t sign up for this specific hearing. The hearing is organised by the Church and Society Commission of CEC.
7 Jul, 2009
The Conference of European Churches has issued a statement on the occasion of the 2009 OSCE Human Dimension Implementation Meeting - Freedom of Religion or Belief for All
7 Jun, 2009
The Conference of European Churches has participatory status in the Council of Europe (CoE). Therefore, we were invited to participate in several CoE Working Groups. One of them is the Working Group on Human Rights of Members of the Armed Forces, which is currently working on the draft recommendation on human rights of members of the armed forces.