Round-table on EU’s role in protecting religious freedom worldwide; EurActiv journalist Matthew Tempest hosted a discussion with EU officials and experts on 26 April in Brussels
BRUSSELS – On 26 April, Brussels based media outlet EurActiv and ADF International hosted a workshop to discuss freedom of religion or belief beyond the European Union’s borders. According to a recent study by the Pew Research Center, about three-quarters of the world’s population live in countries with high restrictions on religious freedom, and widespread social hostilities towards religious minorities. The EU has committed to promote and protect religious freedom worldwide. The round-table will assess whether the current institutional set-up is suitable to fulfill this mission and, if not, what more is needed.
If the EU is serious about its commitment to peace, democracy, and human rights, it has to step up its efforts on freedom of religion or belief.
“No person should be persecuted because of their religion. If the EU is serious about its commitment to peace, democracy, and human rights, it has to step up its efforts on freedom of religion or belief. The steep rise of persecution on the grounds of religion or belief around the world calls for one response: to make religious freedom a priority in the EU’s external action,” said Sophia Kuby, Director of EU Advocacy for ADF International, based in Brussels, who was part of the workshop’s expert panel.
Watch the video summary of the event here