2 August 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. The conference will take place on 21 and 22 October in Zagreb (Croatia).
Religious minorities contribute to the development of European societies from the political, social, and economic points of view and they are part of the enrichment of the European cultural heritage. This conference emerges from the work of CEC’s Thematic Reference Group on Human Rights in response to questions coming from CEC Member Churches, especially minority churches, working in this area. The conference seeks to examine state-church relations from the perspective of religious minorities. These discussions will take place in light of increasing incidents of terrorism, extreme violence, and xenophobia and decreasing tolerance and promotion of diversity in Europe. The conference will also examine international and national legal standards on the rights of religious minorities, take stock of current challenges on the rights of religious minorities, the role of state actors in combating violations of the rights of religious minorities, different political and legal practices and best practices on the rights of religious minorities.
For more information on the event, please contact Dr. Elizabeta Kitanovic, CEC Executive Secretary.