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Welcome to the CSC Human Rights page!
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Human Rights are one of the key issues that international organisations such as the European Union, Council of Europe, Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe and United Nations deal with.

The CEC member churches advocate for their promotion and for protection of the highest level of international human rights standards inside of Europe, but also outside of its borders. 

The CSC monitors and advocates for the implementation of civil and political rights, as well as social, economic and cultural rights vis-à-vis International Organisations and European Institutions.  The issues that CSC devotes its attention to include freedom of religion or belief, anti-discrimination legislation etc.

The CSC also makes its contribution to the development of Human Rights Education.  A special link on this page will lead you to the resource material for human rights training. 

Together with CEC member churches and its associated organisations, CSC is developing its first European churches’ on-line human rights library which should help its members to monitor progress in the development of the human rights concept inside the CEC membership. 

Let us work together for creation of a human rights culture!

For more information on these issues please contact Mag. Elizabeta Kitanovic.

 

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Workshop on "Co-existence and acceptance of the other", organised by the European External Action Service and the League of Arab States
2-3 April 2014, Cairo - Egypt

The CSC Executive Secretary for Human Rights presented results of the CSC of CEC Human Rights education programme as one of the tools for peaceful co-existence and acceptance of others.

Useful links
EU Guidance on Freedom of Religion or Belief
Arab Charter on Human Rights
CEC-CSC Human Rights Training Manual


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Doha Meeting for Advancing Religious Freedom Though Interfaith Collaboration
24-25 March 2014, Doha - Qatar

CSC Human Rights Seceretary Mag. Elizabeta Kitanovic contributed to the Instanbul process 16/18 for Combating Intolerance and Discrimination based on Religion or Belief

The Istanbul process is a series of international conferences seeking to promote the implementation of the steps called for in the landmark UN Human Rights Council resolution 16/18 on Combating Intolerance, Negative Stereotyping and Stigmatisation of and Discrimination, Incitement to violence and violence against persons based on Religion or belief.

© DICID
© DICID

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Churches' Voice on Human Rights - Training on Social, Economic and Cultural Rights in the Euromediterranean Region
30 Oct - 1 Nov 2013,
La Noce Centro Diaconale, Palermo, Italy

Proverbs 31:8‐9 “Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.”

The Church & Society Commission of CEC & the Federation of Protestant Churches in Italy

Participants with Professor Leoluca Orlando, Mayor of Palermo

Press Release

Churches’ Voice on Human Rights
Training on Social, Economic and Cultural Rights in the Euromediterranean Region


About 30 people from 13 countries gathered to Palermo, Italy, from 30 October to 1 November 2013 for a training on social, economic and cultural rights as formulated in international and regional conventions and charters. The training gave an opportunity for churches to meet and exchange expertise on the human rights situation from both sides of the Mediterranean Sea.

Market Place: familiarizing with current Human Rights challenges in the Euromed region and the world (Chatham House Rule)

Market Place: familiarizing with current Human Rights challenges of social, economic and cultural rights in the Euromed Region.

Bible and Human Rights

Introduction on the concept of International Organisations and Human Rights Law (social, economic and cultural rights)

How to approach Complaint Mechanisms which relate to Social, economic and cultural rights as church or individual?
National Human Rights instruments & mechanisms

Ms Carolina Bueno Calvo - Representative of FEREDE

Violation of Social, Economic and Cultural Rights in the Euromed region - making people flee - What could churches do? (Chatham House Rule)

Available on Youtube:

Professor Valdo Spini, former Member of the Italian Parliament
Dr Mohammed Amin Al-Midani, Arab Centre for International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights Education
 
Prof. Leoluca Orlando, Mayor of Palermo

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Christians in Egypt

Hearing at the European Parliament - 13 November 2013
Hosted by the European Parliament Working Group on Freedom of Religion or Belief

Programme

Senator Ehab El Kharrat, Dr Freddy Elbaiady Mag. Elizabeta Kitanovic, Dennis de Jong MEP
Participants at the Hearing in the European Parliament
Rev Dr Peter Pavlovic, Ms Susanne Herkommern, H.G. Bishop Porfyrios, Senator Ehab El Kharrat, Mag Elizabeta Kitanovic, Dr Freddy Elbaiady
Mr Dennis de Jong MEP, Senator Ehab El Kharrat, Mag. Elizabeta Kitanovic, Dr Freddy Elbaiady

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“Freedom of religion in today’s world : challenges and guarantees”

Council of Europe 2013 Exchange on the religious dimension of intercultural dialogue

Programme

PANEL II - Resource person: Mag. Elizabeta Kitanović

Protection of persons belonging to religious minorities, believers and non-believers and their contributions to the fight against intolerance, discrimination and hate speech with regard to freedom of religion.

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The course aims to give a firm base of knowledge on the international human rights law
focused on the social, economic and cultural rights and its instruments and mechanisms. The training will provide an opportunity for churches to meet and exchange expertise on the human rights situation from both sides of the Mediterranean Sea in order to promote the values that underline an open and pluralistic democratic society based on the promotion and protection of human dignity, equality and freedom.

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International Hearing on the Misuse of Blasphemy Law and Rights of Religious Minorities in Pakistan - 24 and 25 June 2013, Brussels, Belgium

Organised by the Commission of the Churches on International Affairs of World Council of Churches and the Church and Society Commission of the Conference of European Churches

Visit to the European External Action Service and MEPs Dennis de Jong and Peter van Dalen, Co-Presidents of the European Parliament Working Group on Freedom of Religion or Belief (EPWG on FoRB)

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Official presentation of the Human Rights Training Manual
Serbian Academy of Science in Novi Sad - Serbia, 5 June 2013

Speakers
H G Bishop Irinej Bulovic - Serbian Orthodox Church, Diocese of Backa
Mr Henri Bohnet - Head of the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung offices in Serbia and Montenegro
Ms Mag Elizabeta Kitanovic - Executive Secretary for Human Rights - Church and Society Commission of CEC

Moderator
Mr Davor Salom - Jewish Community in Serbia


© Diocese of Backa for the event photos

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European Agency for Fundamental Rights (EU FRA)
6th Fundamental Rights Platform Meeting
24 - 26 April 2013 - Vienna

Workshop Training on social, economic and cultural rights
Host: Mag Elizabeta Kitanovic - Executive Secretary for Human Rights and Communication, Church and Society Commission of CEC

Upon request of churches in the Euro Mediterranean region, the Conference of European Churches together with the Federation of Protestant Churches in Italy is in the process of organisinga training workshop on social, economic and cultural rights. Read more...

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Churches Together fort Human Rights
7 - 8 March 2013 - Helsinki

Press Release

 

L-R: Rev Rüdiger Noll - CSC, Metropolitan Ambrosius - Orthodox Church of Finland, Archbishop Kari Mäkinen - Evangelical-Lutheran Church of Finland, Archbishop Leo of Karelia and all Finland - Orthodox Church of Finland, Bishop Irja Askola - Evangelical-Lutheran Church of Finland, Fr. Heikki Huttunen - Finnish Ecumenical Council © CEC/CSC

Programme

Welcome and Introduction by the organisers
Archbishop Kari Mäkinen, Evangelical-Lutheran Church of Finland
Archbishop Leo of Karelia and all Finland (in Finnish), Orthodox Church of Finland
Fr Heikki Huttunen, Finnish Ecumenical Council
Rev Rüdiger Noll, Church and Society Commission of CEC

Human Dignity and Human Rights
Dr Antoine Arjakovsky, Research Director at the Collège des Bernardins, Paris (Ecumenical Patriarchate) - French
Em Prof Dr Johannes Fischer, Evangelical Church in Germany
Prof Dr Jaana Hallamaa (Video), Evangelical-Lutheran Church of Finland

Human Beings and Human Community Individual vs. Collective Rights: theological perspective
Dr Pantelis Kalaitsitsis, Volos Academy – Church of Greece
Mr Frank Kantor, (Video) MA Secretary General – The Free Churches group, UK
Dr Michael Hjälm (Video) Orthodox Church in Finland, Diocese of Helsinki

Human beings and Human Community II
Individual vs. collective Rights: Legal perspective

Dr Peter Krömer, Synodalpräsident - Evangelische Kirche A.B. in Österreich - German
Prof Dr David McClean, Church of England
Rev. Dr Patrick Roger Schnabel, EKBO

Instrumentalization and Politization of Human Rights
Human Rights as a political tool

Dr Göran Gunner, Church of Sweden
Prof Dr Victoria Kamondij, Churches' Commission for Migrants in Europe
Canon Dr Gary Wilton, Church of England

Discussion
Dr Petri Merenlahti, Evangelical-Lutheran Church of Finland

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The European Convention on Human Rights and the Churches
Recent jurisprudence of the ECHR and challenges in the new fundamental rights framework

21-22 February 2013

Programme

A critical reflection on the "Lautsi case"
Prof. David McClean - Member of the European Consortium for Church and State Research

 

 

Prof. Lous-Léon Christians

The autonomy of the churches mirrored in the recent case law of the ECHR (Obst, Schüth, Sindicatul Pastorul Cel Bun etc.)
Prof. Louis-Léon Christians, Chair in Law and Religions - Faculty of Theology Catholic University of Louvain-la-Neuve

 

 

Religious communities organised in the forms of public law and the ECHR - German
Prof. Dr. jur. Hans Michael Heinig - Chair for public law and ecclesiastical law at the Georg-August-University Göttingen, Director of the Institute for Ecclesistical Law of the EKD

Summary and Analysis - "What does it mean for the churches"?
Dr Michal Rynkowski - Collaborator of the European Consortium for Church and State Research

L-R Dr Clemens Ladenburger, OKRin Katrin Hatzinger

The growing relevance of the European Charter of Fundamental Rights
Dr. Clemens Ladenburger, LL. M. - Assistant to the Director-General, Legal Service of the European Commission

 

 

 

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Collective complaint to the European Committee of Social Rights

Upon request of the Protestant Church in the Netherlands (PKN), the Conference of European Churches (CEC) has submitted on 17 January 2013 a “collective complaint” to the European Committee of Social Rights (called below “the Committee”) of the Council of Europe (CoE), which seat is in Strasbourg.

CEC is one of the organisations authorized to lodge a collective complaint under the Revised Social Charter.

It is also on request of the PKN that CEC did not inform so far about this initiative.

The purpose of the complaint is to request the Committee to hold that the Dutch government has failed to fulfill its obligations under the Revised Social Charter to respect the rights of undocumented adults for food, clothing and shelter.

For further information on this specific issue, please contact our Strasbourg office.

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@ EU FRA

 

 

Mag. Elizabeta Kitanovic, CSC Human Rights and Communication Secretary of the newly elected member of the EU FRA Advisory Panel (2012-2014), second run (nominated by Director Morten Kjaerum 2012)

 

 

 

 

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Mag. Elizabeta Kitanovic,  CSC Human Rights & Communication Seceretary elected  as a member of the First Advisory Panel of the EU FRA (2009-2010)

 

 

 

 

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AVAILABLE NOW :

European churches engaging in human rights
Present challenges and training material

Book & CD

 

 

 

 

 

 

Also available in Serbian

Европске цркве и људска права
Актуелни изазови и материјал за обуку

European Churches engaging in Human Rights - Present Challenges and Training Material

The manual has been translated and published by the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS) in Serbia. The Church and Society Commission of CEC is very grateful to KAS for having made this possible.

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© CEC/Rüdiger Noll

Training on Human Rights, Freedom of Religion or Belief for All
7- 10 November 2012, Novi Sad - Serbia

Progamme

Press Release

Human Rights Challenges in the Western Balkans region - Serbian
Public discussion

Introduction to the concept of the International Human Rights Law - Serbian
Dr. Dejan Pavlovic - Centre for International Humanitarian law & International Organisations of the Faculty of Political Science, University of Belgrade

Introduction to the International Organisations as a tool for the promotion and protection of Human Rights - Serbian
Prof. Dr. Tanja Miscevic - Faculty of Political Science, University of Belgrade

Introduction to the International human Rights instruments & mechanisms I (UN, OSCE) - Serbian
Mr Milos Hrnjaz, ME - Centre for International Humanitarian Law & International Organisationsof the Faculty of Political Science, University of Belgrade

Introduction to the International Human Rights instruments and mechanisms II (EU, CoE) - Serbian
Doc. Dr. Dejan Pavlovic - Centre for International Humanitarian law & International Organisations of the Faculty of Political Science, University of Belgrade

Bible and Human Rights - Serbian
H. E. Bishop Prof. Dr. David Perovic - Diocese of Krusevac, Faculty of Orthodox Theology of the Serbian Orthodox Church, University of Belgrade

The whole problem of the connection and relationship of love and justice in the legal according to The Apostle Paul was based on the beliefs that love, as He said, mostly beyond the role of justice as a guiding idea of the general Law. What is their relationship?

Additional material : 

Contribution by Mr. Davor Salom
Federation of Jewish communities in Serbia- Serbian

Contribution by Mr. Damjan Culafic
Diocese of Budimlje-Niksic - Serbian

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‘‘An Ongoing Need for Freedom of Religion or Belief in Cyprus’’

5 October 2012 - Nicosia, Cyprus

Programme

Press Release - English - Greek

Ms Eleni Mavrou, Minister of Interior of the Republic of Cyprus - English

His Grace Bishop Porfyrios of Neapolis, Representative of the Church of Cyprus to the European Institutions - English

His Eminence Youssef Soueif, Maronite Archbishop of Cyprus - English

His Grace Archbishop Varoujan Hergelian, Armenian Archbishop of Cyprus - English

Dr Peter Krömer, Protestant Church A.B. in Austria - English - German

 

Prof. Dr. Martin Selmayr Head of Cabinet EU Commissioner for Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship
Mrs Angelika Werthmann MEP Austria
Mr Peter Weiderud Religious Social Democrats of Sweden
CSC Working Group on Human Righs with Seminar participants

© CEC/Göran Gunner

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17-19 May 2012 - Brussels


The Human Rights working group met with leading expert on freedom of religion or belief Mr. Jean-Bernard BOLVIN from the European External Action Service (EEAS) and discussed the CSC proposal for the new EEAS guidance on freedom of religion or belief in the Representation of the Church of Cyprus who hosted the WG meeting due to the renovation work of the CSC premises.

 

 

 

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The Edict of Milan (313 - 2013) a basis for Freedom fo Religion or Belief?

In the frame of the Everlasting value and permanent actuality of the Edict of Milan part II project.

Novi Sad (Serbia) - 2 to 5 May 2012

H. E. Metropolitan Emmanuel of France, President of CEC and Rev Rüdiger Noll, Director of the Church and Society Commission of CEC and Associate General Secretary of CEC will speak at this event.

Conclusions

 
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Dialogue Seminar on "Freedom of Religion : A Fundamental Right in a Rapidly Changing World"

Brussels, 30 March 2012

Co-organised by the Church and Society Commission of CEC (CEC), the Commission of the Bishops' Conferences of the European Community (COMECE) and the Bureau of European Policy Advisors (BEPA), European Commission

Participants

Programme

 

Opening and Welcome:

Mr Jean-Claude Thébault
Director General, Bureau of European Policy Advisers (BEPA), European Commission

Rev Rüdiger Noll
Church and Society Commission of CEC

 

Freedom of religion in the context established by the Treaty of Lisbon:

Mr Aurel Ciobanu-Dordea
Director Equality at DG Justice, European Commission

Professor Giorgio Feliciani (French)
Catholic University of Milan

 

Religious Minorities outside the EU: The struggle to safeguard common rights and common citizenship:

Revd Canon Dr Gary Wilton - PowerPoint Presentation
Archbishop of Canterbury's Representative, Church of England

His Grace Bishop Irinej Bulovic
Serbian Orthodox Church


Current challenges for freedom of religion in the EU:

Rev Anthony Peck
Secretary General, European Baptist Federation

Mr Ioannis Dimitrakopoulos
Head of Unit Equality and Citizen's Rights at the EU Fundamental Rights Agency

 

For more documents you may visit the on-line CSC Human Rights Library



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Human Rights Manual for European Churches

Churches see the struggle for human rights as a gospel imperative. Their pastoral and diaconal work enables them to speak authoritatively about human rights abuses at the grassroots. The Churches' work for human rights must be not only pastoral and diaconal but also prophetic. Their detailed local knowledge as well as their access to government makes it possible for them to campaign effectively
against human rights abuses.

Download the Manual by clicking the title above.

CEC Human Rights Training Manual

Find out more on:

http://echrt.org/advancelearning

For further resources please visit the Human Rights Training page.

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