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A legal status for all religious communities

Strasbourg, 25.11.2011 - While promoting a culture of "living together" based on religious pluralism, the PACE Standing Committee, meeting in Edinburgh today, called on European governments “to grant all religious communities the possibility to obtain a legal status” and to abolish outdated legislation and administrative practices causing discrimination against certain religious groups.

Adopting a resolution on the basis of the rapporteur’s proposals (Tudor Panţiru, Romania, SOC), the Assembly called for legislation that “penalises hate speech and the use of violence against members of religious groups and religious leaders”.