Colloquium on Secularism and Human Rights
On April 16 2008 about 200 people attended our colloquium to mark the sixtieth anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, held in the Centre A. Borschette in Brussels.
It was supported by the European Commission and we received considerable help in organising it from the Centre d’Action Laique in Belgium.
The meeting was addressed by the Commission President, José Manuel Barroso. An EU-produced video of his speech may be seen on the EHF’s YouTube channel here.
Some of the speeches are posted here, but the whole proceedings, mostly in French, has been published as a book, available from the EHF.
A montage of photographs taken at the colloquium can be seen here.
9.15 Opening of the Colloquium by David Pollock, President of the EHF
9.30 Human Rights and Freedom of Expression – Moderator: Dan Van Raemdonck
Introduction : François Foret
Panel : Rob Buitenweg, Edouard Delruelle, Marie Heller
11.15 Individual Freedoms – Moderator: Sonia Eggerickx
Introduction : Véronique De Keyser
Panel : Roger Dehaybe, Jacqueline Herremans
14.15 Intervention by Pierre Galand, President of the Centre d’Action La que
14.25 Secularism, Politics and Religion – Moderator: Christine Defraigne
Introduction : Sophie in’t Veld
Panel: François Becker, Andrew Copson, Keith Porteous Wood
15.45 Human Rights and Secularism – Henri Pena-Ruiz
16.30 Arrival of the President of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso
Presentation of conclusions – Michel Vanden Abeele
Introduction – David Pollock