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Violence against Christians

Motion for a resolution | Doc. 12542 | 17 March 2011

Mr Luca VOLONTÈ, Italy, EPP/CD ; Ms Rossana BOLDI, Italy, EDG ; Ms Giuliana CARLINO, Italy, ALDE ; Mr Roberto Mario Sergio COMMERCIO, Italy, EPP/CD ; Mr Gianpaolo DOZZO, Italy, EDG ; Mr Dario FRANCESCHINI, Italy, ALDE ; Mr Giuseppe GALATI, Italy, EPP/CD ; Mr Valeriu GHILETCHI, Republic of Moldova, EPP/CD ; Ms Elvira KOVÁCS, Serbia, EPP/CD ; Mr Franz Eduard KÜHNEL, Austria, EPP/CD ; Mr Dariusz LIPIŃSKI, Poland, EPP/CD ; Mr José MENDES BOTA, Portugal, EPP/CD ; Mr Jean-Claude MIGNON, France, EPP/CD ; Mr Alejandro MUÑOZ-ALONSO, Spain, EPP/CD ; Mr Ivan POPESCU, Ukraine, SOC ; Ms Marietta de POURBAIX-LUNDIN, Sweden, EPP/CD ; Mr Christos POURGOURIDES, Cyprus, EPP/CD ; Mr Leander SCHÄDLER, Liechtenstein, EPP/CD ; Mr Latchezar TOSHEV, Bulgaria, EPP/CD ; Mr Egidijus VAREIKIS, Lithuania, EPP/CD ; Mr Marco ZACCHERA, Italy, EDG ; Mr Emanuelis ZINGERIS, Lithuania, EPP/CD

The Parliamentary Assembly wishes to express its serious concern about the issues addressed in its Recommendation 1957 (2011) about Violence against Christians in the Middle East adopted by the Assembly on 27 January 2011.

A report aimed at examining the situation of Christians in the member states of the Council of Europe and in third countries of the Middle East concerned by the Recommendation is deemed necessary, with particular reference to the implementation of the measures proposed in paragraphs 12, 13, 14 and 15. With those paragraphs, the Assembly invites member states to:

  • re-affirm that the development of human rights, democracy and civil liberties is the common basis on which they build their relations with third countries and ensure that a democracy clause is included in the agreements between them and third countries;
  • take account of the situation of Christian and other religious communities in their bilateral political dialogue with the countries concerned;
  • support initiatives aimed at promoting dialogue among religious communities in the Middle East.

Following the adoption of the above-mentioned recommendation, the Assembly calls for the drafting of a report, in accordance with articles 4 and 5 of the mandate of the Political Affairs Committee.