2004 and before2004 and before

Promoting study and action by the churches on questions of human rights and religious freedom, including the relationship between church and state.


CEC/LWF Human Rights Training Workshop, Human rights and religious freedom 3-7 March 2004, Bratislava, Slovakia

Meeting of the Working Group on Human Rights and Religious Freedom, Brussels, 21 to 23 February 2003

Conclusions of the Seminar on Church-State Relations in the Light of the Exercise of the Right to Freedom of Religion, Council of Europe, December 2001

CEC Contribution to the European Ministerial Conference on Human Rights, November 2000

Report on the first meeting of the EU Fundamental Rights Platform - October 2008The Church and Society Commission of CEC participated as a member in the meeting of the Fundamental Rights Platform of the EU Fundamental Rights Agency in Vienna, Vienna 7-8 October 2008...

Building a Europe for and with children – towards a strategy for 2009-2011 - 27 October 2008
From 8-10 September 2008, a CEC representative participated in a conference organised under the auspices of the Swedish Presidency of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe in Stockholm under the headline: “Building a Europe for and with children – towards a strategy for 2009-2011”...

Explanatory Memorandum - July 2008
Proposal for a Council Directive on implementing the principle of equal treatment between persons irrespective of religion or belief, disability, age or sexual orientation presented by the EU Commission on 2.07.2008, Brussels

The Church and Society Commission of CEC and EU Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA) have a common agenda - May 2008
On 20 May 2008 the Working Group for Human Rights and Religious Freedom of the Church and Society Commission of CEC met with Mr. John Kellock, Head of Unit for Communication and External Relations of the EU Fundamental Rights Agency. The international group of experts, together with the Director of Church and Society Commission and Associate General Secretary of CEC Rev Rudiger Noll, discussed a common agenda for future cooperation...

The Church and Society Commission welcomes the inauguration of the European Union Fundamental Rights Agency - February 2008
The Church and Society Commission welcomed the inauguration of the European Union Fundamental Rights Agency (on 1 March 2007 ) which was formerly called the European Monitoring Centre on Racism and Xenophobia (EUMC)....

Position adopted by the Conference of European Churches (CEC) on the meeting report of the meeting of the DH-DEV group on human rights of members of the armed forces - committee of experts for the development of human rights (DH-DEV) on 3rd and 4th December 2007, and on the papers presented at that meeting (Preliminary Elements for a CM Recommendation and Overview of Relevant Case-law from the European Court of Human Rights on Members of the Armed Forces). - December 2007
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Press Release No. 07-15/e
Churches stay committed to Human Rights - 23 March 2007
From 20 to 21 March 2007 delegations of experts from the Russian Orthodox Church and from the Church and Society Commission of the Conference of European Churches (CEC) met in Moscow to discuss about human rights.
The meeting was organised because the Russian Orthodox Church intends to adopt a basic document on human rights. Preparations for such a document began with the 2006 Declaration of the World Russian People's Council and subsequent statements from members of the Russian Orthodox Church on human rights. These gave rise to the concern as to whether there is still a common basis for human rights related issues among member churches of CEC.


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