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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2 May, 2022
As part of the SASCE project, CEC conducted a training in Vienna for church leaders, church staff and worshippers, helping them to ensure safe and strong communities in Austria.
29 Mar, 2022
The Conference of European Churches (CEC) conducted a training for Polish churches in Warsaw, focusing on crisis management and ways of ensuring security for religious communities. The training was held as part of the Safer and Stronger Communities in Europe (SASCE), a European Commission-funded project, carried out by CEC and other European faith organisations.
27 Mar, 2022
To connect with CEC Member Churches across Europe, CEC general secretary Dr Jørgen Skov Sørensen brings highlights from significant CEC activities in a video update each month.
8 Mar, 2022
Promoting safer and stronger faith communities in Montenegro was the focus of a conference organised by the Conference of European Churches (CEC), the European Jewish Congress (EJC) Security and Crisis Centre (SACC) and the Jewish Community of Montenegro.
8 Mar, 2022
As part of the Safer and Stronger Communities in Europe (SASCE) project, the Conference of European Churches (CEC) together with Portuguese Council of Christian Churches (COPIC) conducted a training to promote the safety of religious places and communities in Portugal.
25 Jan, 2022
Rev. Christian Krieger, president of CEC made recommendations at the Third Plenary of the Conference on the Future of Europe, highlighting the need to bring the EU closer to the European citizens by inventing new means of democratic debate. He also critiqued European policies on migration that compromise universal human rights.
14 Dec, 2021
In a meeting held in Madrid on 10 December, Human Rights Day, CEC Executive Secretary Dr Elizabeta Kitanovic met with leaders from CEC Member Churches in Spain to discuss the security situation in the country. She presented CEC’s SASCE project (Safer and Stronger Communities in Europe) funded by the European Union’s Internal Security Fund – Police.
15 Nov, 2021
The Ecumenical Council of Churches in Hungary welcomed Dr Elizabeta Kitanovic, CEC Executive Secretary of Human Rights in Budapest, where she shared with the church leadership about security situation in Europe and presented the Safer and Stronger Communities in Europe (SASCE) project, carried out by CEC and funded by the European Commission.
4 Nov, 2021
An ecumenical delegation, representing CEC and the Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Union, met with the Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Janša on Friday 5 November 2021 in Ljubljana, to discuss the implementation of the Slovenian EU Presidency’s priorities.
9 Sep, 2021
“Places of worship are meant to be places of peace, wisdom, and spirituality,” says Rev. Christian Krieger, president of the Conference of European Churches. “All religions, and all political and civil institutions must act together in solidarity and cooperation to safeguard their purpose.”