KRAKOW, POLAND – Following the invitation of Ryszard Legutko, a Member of the European Parliament, Roger Kiska, Deputy Director of ADF International, gave an analysis of potential legal avenues for defending the persecuted Church during the ‘European Congress for Defending Christians’ last Saturday. Hosted under the honorary patronage of the President of the Republic of Poland, Andrzej Duda, and sponsored by the European Union, the congress summoned high ranking national and international politicians, clergy and representatives of civil society to discuss the situation of persecuted Christians throughout the world.
We cannot let the apathy of either the media or intergovernmental bodies deter us from pointing a spotlight onto this very serious crisis
“We cannot let the apathy of either the media or intergovernmental bodies deter us from pointing a spotlight onto this very serious crisis. As Christians suffer false imprisonment, torture, displacement and even death simply for identifying as Christians, we have a duty to stand up for their rights as fellow brothers and sisters in Christ,” said Roger Kiska, urging the participants of the congress to not only “use this meeting for dialogue, but as a jumping off point for real action”.
Providing an overview over several international and European institutions such as the International Criminal Court (ICC), the European External Action Service (EEAS), the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) or the Human Rights Council (HRC) at the United Nations (UN), Kiska explained how legal and political interventions on behalf of persecuted Christians could function and that ADF International is more than prepared to help with engaging with those institutions.
Roger Kiska reminded the participants that so far Christian persecution has not been taken seriously by many intergovernmental bodies: “We have not utilized the mechanisms available to us, and nor have we done so in sufficient numbers to raise the eyebrows of decision makers internationally.” He urged his listeners to file complaints on behalf of persecuted Christians with intergovernmental bodies to help those individuals as well as create awareness.
Participants of the congress included among others the Archbishop of Karachi in Pakistan, His Excellency Joseph Coutts, the Bishop of Assiut in Egypt, His Excellency Kyrillos Kamal William Samaan, Auxiliary Bishop of the Patriarchate of Babylon in Iraq, His Excellency Shlemon Warduni, the Polish Minister for European Affairs, Mr Konrad Szymański and Mr Francisco Javier Borrego Borrego, a former judge of the European Court of Human Rights.
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