The Christian Understanding of Human Rights - Difficult Questions
Dialogue of the Churches in Europe on the Occasion of the International Day of Human Rights

9 -11 December 2011 - Protestant Academy Bad Boll

In Cooperation with:

The Protestant Academy Bad Boll
The Community of Protestant Churches in Europe (CPCE)
The Moscow Patriarchate
The Konrad Adenauer Stiftung e.V.

Programme - English

Kirchen und Menschenrechte - Rev. Rüdiger Noll

Menschenrechte aus evangelischer Perspektive - Prof. Dr. Stefan Tobler

Human rights - A Baptist perspective - General Secretary Rev. Tony Peck

Kein Mensch «zu dem Christus nicht gehörte» - PD Dr. Frank Mathwig 

The Theological Vision of Human Rights: Political Traditions and Realities - Very Rev. Vsevolod Chaplin

Economic and Social Rights and the role of the churches - Rev. Prof. Dr. Stephanie Dietrich

Die orthodoxe Kirche und die Menschenrechte. Eine Bestandsaufnahme - Prof. Dr. Radu Preda







The human rights working group met on 3-5 November 2011 in Strasbourg  and visited the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) and had dicussion with Mr Stephanos STAVROS Executive Secretary to ECRI how to strenthen the cooperation in the area of combating the racism and xenophobia in Europe.

The CSC WG, by this occasion, presented the project Human Rights Training Manuel for European Churches.




Submission to the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Baroness Catherine Ashton On the implementation of Freedom of Religion or Belief in the world by the Church and Society Commission (CSC) of Conference of European Churches



Interruption of the Christmas Divine Liturgy in occupied Rizokarpaso, Cyprus, the 25th of December 2010
 "The situation of Christians in the context of freedom of religion" the European parliament condemns the tragic events that took place in December in the northern part of Cyprus.




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Dialogue seminar on Roma inclusion: A need, a challenge and a duty

took place on 27 June in the European Commission  in the organization of  the Church and Society Commission of the Conference of European Churches (CEC) in cooperation with the Churches’ Commission for Migrants in Europe (CCME) and The Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Community (COMECE) in cooperation with the Council of European Bishops’ Conferences (CCEE) & The Bureau of European Policy Advisors (BEPA), European Commission.

27 June 2011 - Draft Programme

Final Press Release
Roma Inclusion: A Need, a Challenge and a Duty  - This was the topic of the Dialogue Seminar which took place 27 June 2011 at the European Commission. About 12 million Roma live throughout Europe today...

Pressemitteilung - Roma-Integration: Notwendigkeit, Herausforderung und Pflicht

Some contributions:

Mgr János Székely, Auxiliary Bishop of Esztergom-Budapest - English

Archbishop Anders Wejryd, Church of Sweden - English

Bishop Dr. Gusztav Bölcskei, Reformed Church in Hungary - German

Ms Miranda Vuolasranta, National Roma Forum of Finland - English

Mr Paolo Stasolla, Association 21 July,
and Ms Dzemila Salkanovic, Roma Cultural Mediator - Italian

Pictures from the Dialogue Seminar

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Human Rights Seminar: Religious Freedom and Holy Sites in the Republic of Cyprus (Photo: CEC/Elizabeta Kitanovic)

Religious Freedom and the Holy Sites in the Republic of Cyprus

Contributions to the seminar organised in the European Parliament by the Church and Society Commission of CEC and the Representation of the Church of Cyprus to the EU.

Contribution from Rev. Rüdiger Noll, Director of the Church and Society Commission of CEC and the Associate General Secretary of CEC.
"... No wonder, therefore, that the Conference of European Churches at almost all of its Assemblies and at almost each meeting of its governing bodies addressed the issue of the divided Cyprus. And from their own involvement in the history of a divided Europe, the churches knew very well that where there is a political division, justice suffers, the implementation of human rights suffers, people suffer, peace is in danger."

Contribution from the Archbishop of Cyprus Chrysostomos II
"... We ask the European Union to support our demand strongly and powerfully and to work systematically and effectively in order to restore and ensure respect for religious freedoms in the occupied part of our island; to put an end to the looting and plundering of our sacred sites and monuments and to protect our religious sites. In order for this to be achieved, we repeat, it is necessary that the occupying troops and settlers withdraw from Cyprus."

Contribution from H.E. Youssef Soueif, Maronite Archbishop of Cyprus
"... When dealing with such situations in countreis like ours, and in front of so many political and social complications, it is very correct and wise to provide open access to all the religious places that remain signs of love, forgiveness and reconciliation. It is both a humane and a religious gesture."

Contribution from Dr. Antranik Ashdjian, Chairman of the Executive Council of the Armenian National Administration of Cyprus
"... Under UN protection, our community has twice so far been allowed to hold pilgrimages to the Monastery of Sourp Magar, on the First Sunday of May 2007 and 2009. The date was symbolic, as it coincided with the traditional feast of the Monastery, but the pilgrimage and subsequent assembly in the desecrated church of the Monastery fell short of the religious ceremonies that were permormed during that day prior to the Turkish invasion of 1974."

Contribution from His Grace Bishop Porfyrios, Director of the Office of the Church of Cyprus to the European Institutions
"... The contents of religious monuments have been stolen and a large number of these have been exported for sale to collectors and auction houses. More than 15,000 icons, iconostases, holy implements, gospels, mosaics and murals dating from the 6th to the 20th century have been removed and have disappeared. Only a very few items have been discovered and repatriated."