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- 23 October 2012
(Sympatico.ca) PARIS (Reuters) – Plans by France’s Socialist government to legalize same-sex marriage are proving harder to enact than first thought after faith leaders and conservatives mobilized against it even as left-wing deputies try to expand it.
- 25 September 2012
In June 2012, three actors were briefly arrested and later charged for blasphemy after taking part in a play in Athens. Their case raised high concerns of the European Humanist Federation (EHF) and its fellow Greek partner the Greek Helsinki Monitor.
- 21 September 2012
(Slate.fr) “En soutanes ou en costumes, ils avancent masqués. Ancrés à l’extrême droite, écoutés par l’UMP, ils sont le bras politique des intégristes catholiques. Inquisiteurs modernes, ils partent en croisade contre le mariage homosexuel et veulent fonder des îlots de chrétienté aux municipales”.
- 19 September 2012
On 18 September, the European Parliament’s Committee on legal affairs adopted its opinion on Horizon 2020 and called the European Union to stop funding research involving the destruction of human embryos and research using human embryonic stem cells for 2014-2020.
- 22 August 2012
Polish women don’t have access to abortion rights. The existing law allows for termination of pregnancy only in cases of a serious threat to woman’s health, severe damage of the fetus or rape. Its implementation proved to be complete fiction.
- 27 April 2012
Carsten Frerk has written especially for EHF an article about trends in religious belief and behaviour in Germany. He is a social scientist and founder of the Forschungsgruppe Weltanschauungen in Deutschland – a group of non-university scientists sponsored by the Giordano-Bruno-Stiftung to study and publish empirical studies on religion and belief in Germany.
- 22 February 2012
The Vatican news agency proclaimed: “A decision by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) to pass a resolution that calls for the prohibition of euthanasia, is being hailed as a major pro-life victory.”(...)
- 30 December 2011
In the 2011 Czech census, 34% of the total recorded population of 10,562,214 said they had no religious beliefs. A further 45% chose not to answer this optional question. The results confirm the status of the Czech Republic as one of the world’s most atheistic countries.
- European Court of Justice upholds ban on stem cell patents on basis of objectionable ideas about “human dignity”21 October 2011
The European Court of Justice has just ruled out that no invention involving the use of human embryo could be patented in the EU so as to respect the aim of the Directive to protect the dignity and integrity of the person. This judgement is based on an interpretation of the “ human embryo” that is radical and has potentially alarming implications(...).
- Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly recommends Inclusion of Humanists in Intercultural Dialogue13 April 2011
The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe has recommended the 47 governments in the Council to “promote a genuine partnership for democracy and human rights between the Council of Europe, the religious institutions and humanist and non-religious organisations”.