Numerous acts of hostility, violence and vandalism have been recorded in recent years against Christians and their places of worship. However, these acts are often overlooked by the national authorities, PACE's Committee on Equality and Non-Discrimination warned today.
Adopting a report prepared by Valeriu Ghiletchi (Republic of Moldova, EPP/CD), the committee called for measures to ensure the effective enjoyment of the protection of freedom of religion or belief afforded to every individual in Europe.
According to parliamentarians, European governments should promote a culture of tolerance and “living together” based on the acceptance of religious pluralism, protect the peaceful exercise of freedom of assembly, uphold the fundamental right to freedom of expression and publicly condemn the use of and incitement to violence.
The report will be debated by the Assembly during its next plenary session (26-30 January 2015).