Our mission on the agenda of the Council of Europe

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We are delighted that our mission is now formally on the international agenda with a motion for a resolution tabled at the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), which would be a giant step in the journey towards the UN General Assembly.

The motion in this link, was tabled by the member of the assembly Gerardo Giovagnoli, San Marino and endorsed initially by 40 other members from 19 countries, including the German Commissioner for Freedom of Religion or Belief and Chairperson of the Socialists, Democrats and Greens Group Frank Schwabe and Former Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou.

The list includes vice presidents of the assembly, Antonio Gutiérrez Limones, Spain, Ingjerd Schou, Norway, and Sibel Arslan, Switzerland.

The motion pointed out that “religious oppression is the most common violation of human rights worldwide. The number of victims is beyond any statistics, not only women, children, religious minorities, but also large sections of the majorities in many countries”.

It recognised that “all existing international conventions related to human rights’ principles and values are still being sidelined by national legislation in many countries. They need crucially to be consolidated and affirmed by a highly focused and more effective new international treaty to combat specifically all forms of discrimination on religious bases”.

The motion called on the “Council of Europe to support inter-governmental procedures to enact such a significant United Nations treaty to make the world more tolerant, fair and peaceful.

The full text of the motion and the endorsements on the website of the Concil of Europe in this link.