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.Two recent consultations freedom of religion or belief and religious minorities in culturally diverse societies have produced statements on these topics.
- 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
Let us work together for creation of a human rights culture!
For more information on these issues please contact Dr. Elizabeta Kitanovic.
28 Sep, 2016
Nearly 5 billion people worldwide live in countries with significant restrictions on freedom of religion or belief. Religious minorities in particular suffer from loss of access to holy and worship sites, prejudice, and genocide. These global realities were the focus of a conference yesterday at the European Parliament.
2 Aug, 2016
The Conference of European Churches, the Diocese of Zagreb and Ljubljana of the Serbian Orthodox Church, the European Parliament Antiracism and Diversity Intergroup and Churches’ Commission for Migrants in Europe are organising a conference on Religious Minorities as Part of Culturally Diverse Societies in order to explore the rights of religious minorities in Europe.
6 Jun, 2016
The Conference of European Churches, in partnership with the Theological School of Aristotle University, organised the 3rd Annual Summer School on Human Rights “Stand up for Women’s and Children’s Rights!” from 31 May to 4 June in Thessaloniki. More than 90 people, from different countries and representing a number of denominations, participated in the opening of the Summer School.
24 May, 2016
Women and children figure prominently as refugees in mass movements of people in recent months and their rights will be at the forefront of a summer school organized in Greece by the Conference of European Churches (CEC).
4 Feb, 2016
The following is a statement from the Conference of European Churches in response to a resolution passed in the European Parliament on 4 February regarding the persecution of religious minorities by so-called ISIS/Da’esh.
10 Dec, 2015
To mark International Human Rights Day on 10 December, the European Platform on Religious Intolerance and Discrimination (EPRID) and the office of Elmar Brok MEP hosted a panel discussion on religion, security, and human rights at the European Parliament. The Conference of European Churches is a member of EPRID and participated in organising this initiative.
10 Nov, 2015
On 10 November religious and political representatives gathered at the European Parliament to discuss religious freedom in the Republic of Cyprus. The well-attended seminar was held at the invitation of Dr Eleni Theocharous MEP in cooperation with the Representation of the Church of Cyprus to the European Institutions and the Conference of European Churches.
10 Sep, 2015
From September 7 to 9 more than 40 human rights experts from across Europe journeyed to the hilltop theological school of Halki on the Turkish island of Heybeliada. Once the heart of theological education for the Orthodox world, the school closed in 1971 as a result of a ban on private higher education in Turkey. Arriving by plane, train, and even by foot, participants discussed and debated approaches to advancing freedom of religion or belief.
6 Sep, 2015
From 6 to 9 September, senior religious leaders, representatives from the European Commission, and scholars will gather in Halki and Istanbul for a conference on freedom of religion or belief. More than 40 human rights experts from CEC Member Churches are expected to attend.
25 May, 2015
The Summer School on Human Rights took place from 25 to 29 May in Hagaberg, Sweden. The project was organised by the Conference of European Churches in collaboration with hosts Church of Sweden and Uniting Church in Sweden.