RIGHTS: EU PARLIAMENT, "PROTECTING FREEDOM OF RELIGION IN EUROPE AND IN THE WORLD"

(Strasbourg) Freedom of thought, conscience and religion are, all together, "a fundamental human right, protected by the international legal systems". Because of this, the European Parliament condemns "any form of violence, discrimination and intolerance based on religion or beliefs, against religious people, apostates and non believers". During its plenary session, the EU Assembly passed a resolution that took inspiration from the recent episodes of violence against Christian groups in Egypt and Malaysia. The document, the adoption of which was supported by all political groups, points out that even Europe "is not immune to breaches" of freedom of religion. The MEPs ask the EU Council, the EU Commission and the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs to pay "special attention to the situation of religious minorities, including Christian communities", as part of the EU’s relations and cooperation with the third countries. In addition, Parliament supports "the initiatives aimed to promote dialogue and mutual respect between communities" and invites the religious authorities "to promote tolerance and adopt initiatives against hatred and extremist radicalisation". (continued)” “

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