Faith and Freedom Summit II

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2 April 2019  |  European Parliament (Room A1H1)


Join us for the Faith and Freedom Summit 2, Practicing what we Preach in Europe, that will take place on April 2 at the European Parliament in Brussels!

The conference will include participation of members of the European Parliament, of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (OSCE), of the European Commission, as well as several human rights activists and scholars from civil society. It will be followed-up by an open discussion on the topic of the necessity to reinforce the existing mechanisms protecting freedom of religion or belief in the European Union. If we want to have a legitimate influence outside of EU in the field of freedom of religion or belief, we must be beyond reproach within our borders.

The Faith and Freedom Summit is not an organization. It’s a campaign proposed and run by a large coalition of faith-based and non faith-based NGOs and supported by many EU stakeholders.

The Summit launched a pledge that all MEP candidates are asked to sign, that reads as following: "I pledge that I will uphold and defend the freedom of conscience and religion of all individuals by rejecting and speaking out against bigotry, discrimination, harassment and violence; and so build a more equitable society for all." The signature of the pledge is inter alia supported by Mr Ahmed Shaheed, current UN Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Religion or Belief.

We strongly believe that EU citizens must enjoy a real freedom of religion or belief, at every level, and that this fundamental right is not given the importance it deserves in the EU institutions, and in the EU instruments to protect the various freedoms of EU citizens. That is what we will discuss on April 2, with you.

Program Faith and Freedom Summit II

• 9h30 Welcome coffee and tea

• 10h Welcome address

Laurentiu Rebega MEP

• 10h10 Introductory remarks

Jan Figel

EU Special Envoy for Religious Freedom

Martin Weightman

Director – All Faiths Network

Willy Fautre

Director - Human Rights Without Frontiers International

Bashy Quraichy

Secretary General - EMISCO (European Muslim Initiative for Social Cohesion)

Kristina Arriaga de Bucholz

President - Oxford Society of Law and Religion

Hans Noot

President - Gerard Noot Foundation

Eric Roux

Vice-President – European Affairs Office of the Church of Scientology for Public Affairs and Human Rights

Archbishop Thomas Schirrmacher

President of the International Society for Human Rights

Ms. Ines Mazarrasa

Directora Fundacion Pluralismo y Convivencia (Foundation Pluralism and Coexistence)

Kishan Manocha

Senior Advisor on Freedom of Religion and Belief, Human Rights Department, OSCE/ODIHR

Marco Ventura

Full professor with tenure at the Department of Law of the University of Siena

Greg Mitchell

Co-chair – International Religious Freedom Roundtable


Jan Zahradil

President of ACRE

• 11h40 General discussion with the attendees

• 13h00 LUNCH