The European Union introduced its Guidelines on Freedom of Religion or Belief six years ago. But has the EU really backed them up with concrete action, asks Adina Portaru.
24 June marked the sixth anniversary of the adoption of the EU Guidelines on the Promotion and Protection of Freedom of Religion or Belief. This significant document seeks to ensure better protection for people of all faiths and none outside the EU.
The Guidelines were hailed as a landmark commitment. But has freedom of religion or belief really improved in the last six years? Were the EU Guidelines instrumental in producing any positive change?
The simple answer to these crucial questions is that we do not know. Despite the EU’s commitment to evaluate progress three years after the adoption of the Guidelines, the Working Party on Human Rights in the Council has not produced any publicly available document doing that.