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Freedom of religion or belief in the Middle East and the Southern Mediterranean

The Committee on Political Affairs and Democracy, following a proposal by its Chairperson Ms Theodora Bakoyannis (Greece, EPP/CD), held a Conference on Freedom of religion or belief in the Middle East and the Southern Mediterranean: the situation and safety of Christian communities in Athens, Greece on 7 May 2014.

The conference, which was opened by the Speaker of the Hellenic Parliament, the Greek Minister of Education and Religious Affairs, and by PACE President, included the participation of religious leaders, experts, representatives of parliaments of Algeria, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, of the National Constituent Assembly of Tunisia, and of the Palestinian National Council as well as representatives from Egypt.

The proceedings of the Conference can be found in the following document: AS/Pol/Inf (2014) 16.

The conference was held in the framework of the activities financed by the “South Programme” agreed between the Council of Europe and the EU.