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.
21 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
21 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”.
28 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.
16 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.
8 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
8 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.
6 May, 2009
The second meeting of the Fundamental Rights Platform of the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) took place from 5-6 May in Vienna. Ninety-three European Human Rights experts from civil society were glad to see that the EU Fundamental Rights Agency sticks to the commitment to continue the cooperation with the Civil Society.
26 Nov, 2008
The Conference of European Churches (CEC) has a long-standing record in being involved in promoting human rights. This year, on 10th December, we celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which was adopted in 1948. On this occasion, the Church and Society Commission of CEC offers you the human rights card and bookmark.
12 Sep, 2008
From 8 to 10 September 2008, a CEC representative participated in a conference organised under the auspices of the Swedish Presidency of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe in Stockholm under the headline: "Building a Europe for and with children - towards a strategy for 2009-2011."
5 Jul, 2008
Explanatory Memorandum on European Commission directive on implementing the principle of equal treatment
The aim of this proposal is to implement the principle of equal treatment between persons irrespective of religion or belief, disability, age or sexual orientation outside the labour market. It sets out a framework for the prohibition of discrimination on these grounds and establishes a uniform minimum level of protection within the European Union for people who have suffered such discrimination. The Commission propose new initiatives to complete the EU anti-discrimination legal framework.