The Committee on Culture, Science and Education of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe is undertaking a study on “The Religious Dimension of Intercultural Dialogue”. The EHF submitted a memorandum to the Committee and as a result was invited to attend a hearing on 18 February 2011 held in the building of the Assemblée Nationale in Paris. Keynote speakers representing the Orthodox, Catholic and Protestant churches, Judaism and Islam had already been invited… read more »
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A case before the European Court of Human Rights that could have marked a milestone for secularism in Europe reached a sad end in March 2011 when an appeal by Italy to the Grand Chamber of the Court succeeded in reversing the Court’s original judgement in November 2009. The Court’s judgement argued that the display of the crucifix did not amount to “indoctrination” and was therefore permissible. A summary and detailed critique of the judgement… read more »
EHF President David Pollock took part in an international conference on Religious Freedom in Democratic Societies in Cordoba on 3-4 May 2010. The conference was run by the EU Council’s current Spanish Presidency and the UN Alliance of Civilisations. About 200 people from across Europe took part – academics, religious figures, politicians, diplomats and people from a variety of NGOs. David Pollock reports: This was a rich occasion, impossible to summarise save to say that… read more »
The European Court of Human Rights has ruled against Italy’s compulsory display of crucifixes in State school classrooms. Meantime in a referendum Switzerland has voted to ban construction of minarets. The EHF, IHEU and the two principal Belgian organisations have jointly published an article in the Belgian newspaper Le Soir applauding the judgement, deploring the referendum and explaining the reasons why.
‘Teaching religious and convictional facts – a tool for acquiring knowledge about religions and beliefs in education: a contribution to education for democratic citizenship, human rights and intercultural dialogue’ Report by Andrew Copson on the Council of Europe 2009 ‘San Marino’ colloquium I attended this exchange on behalf of the European Humanist Federation. Also attending as representatives of non-religious convictions (which, strangely, is the phrase the council is using in English rather than ‘beliefs’, even… read more »
Réponses au questionnaire adressé aux Organisations Non Gouvernementales par le Groupe Interconvictionnel1 d’ONG de préparation du Colloque 3I I ) Présentation du Groupe Interconvictionnel d’ONG (G3I) Ce groupe interconvictionnel de préparation du Colloque 3I (G3I) est un groupe européen. Il comprend des associations humanistes regroupées dans l’Union Humaniste Internationale et la Fédération Humaniste Européenne, des associations laïques regroupées au sein de la Ligue Internationale de l’Enseignement et de la Culture, des associations de conviction chrétienne… read more »
Georges Liénard reports INGO meeting The Conference of International Non-Governmental Organisations (INGOs) recognised by the Council of Europe met on 1-3 October 2008, with IHEU represented by Silvia Geise (who heads the IHEU delegation), Michel Grosmann and Georges Liénard (nominated by EHF). (Keith Porteous Wood was not present.) The meeting elected chairs and vice-chairs of the five committees: Human rights committee Sustainable Territorial development Committee Social cohesion and eradication of poverty Committee Civil society and Democracy … read more »
A report is now available here on the latest meeting of international non-government organisations attached to the Council of Europe, and new material has been added to the Council of Europe page.
Council of Europe 2008 ‘San Marino’ Colloquium On 8 April 2008 the Council of Europe held an exchange on ‘teaching religious and convictional facts: a tool for acquiring knowledge about religions and beliefs in education; a contribution to education for democratic citizenship, human rights and intercultural dialogue. Representatives of the nations of the Council of Europe as well as of NGOs and religious groups were present as delegates. The European Humanist Federation was represented by… read more »
This letter was sent by EHF to all members of the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly on 13 April 2008: The European Humanist Federation would like to warmly encourage you honorable members of PACE to support the resolution on access to safe and legal abortion in Europe that will be debated and voted in plenary on April 16th in the morning. We are supporting the position of the European Women Lobby* and the International Planned… read more »