• Freedom of Faith a ‘Litmus Test’ for All Human Rights

    Dr. Jan Figel, the European Union special envoy for the promotion of freedom of religion or belief outside the EU

    Intervention of Dr. Jan Figel, the European Union special envoy for the promotion of freedom of religion or belief outside the EU, at the international leadership conference in Vienna, Austria.

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  • Freedom of religion and its role in the promotion of peace

    Dr. Raffaela Di Marzio

     Intervention of Dr. Raffaela Di Marzio, Founder and Director, LIREC (Center for Studies on Freedom of Religion, Belief and Conscience), Italy, at the international leadership conference in Vienna, Austria.

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  • Civil Society, Not Laws That Restrict Freedoms, Should Promote Tolerance

    Dr Aaron Rhodes, President of FOREF – Europe

    Remarks by Dr. Aaron Rhodes, Conference on Interreligious Cooperation and The Prevention of Incitement to National, Racial and Religious Hatred, United Nations Office Geneva • Room XXIV (24) • 14:00 - 16:30, Geneva, 25 March 2011.

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  • The Function and Dysfunction of Religion in our Secular State

    Prof. em. Dr. Christian Brünner

    Statement by Prof. em. Dr. Christian Brünner, University of Graz, Institute for Austrian, European and Comparative Public Law, Political Sciences and Public Administration at the European Leadership Conference, Geneva, 24.-26.3.2011.

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  • What More can Europe do to Improve Human Rights?

    Dr Yong Cheon Song

    Distinguished guests, Ambassadors for Peace, Ladies & Gentlemen! As Chair of Universal Peace Federation in Europe, it is truly an honour and a privilege to be able to extend a warm welcome to you all to the European Economic and Social Committee here in Brussels and to our European Leadership Conference on the theme “What more can Europe do to improve Human Rights?”

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  • Sects or Religions? A Human Rights Perspective

    Willy Fautré, Director of Human Rights Without Frontiers (Brussels)

    Is there a distinction to be made between “cults” or “sects” and religions? Should religious freedom be only accessible to so-called historical religions and their members? Should other minority religious or spiritual movements called “sects” or “cults” be denied the enjoyment of the provisions of international declarations and covenants guaranteeing freedom of religion or belief?

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  • The European Union, European Citizens and Human Rights

    Dr Aaron Rhodes, President of FOREF – Europe

    The European Union is often criticized by people like me for a wide range of alleged policy and administrative failures regarding human rights.  Today, however, I would like to use this opportunity to attest to the importance of Europe’s role in promoting and protecting human rights, which I can do on the basis of my own experience and reflection.

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  • The Rising Need for Societal Development

    Dr. Walther Lichem, Former Head, Department of International Organizations, Foreign Ministry, Austria

    The global agendas for the 21st century are marked by an enhanced focus on the human being, on the citizen and on societies in addition to the traditional addressing of issues related to governments and states. Peace is not any more the achievement of governmental armament, defended borders and related policies but, as the title of our meeting indicates, the result of value structures of societal cultures carried by the human being and by societies.

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  • Human Rights Day: Challenges and Opportunities of Our Time

    Dr Aaron Rhodes

    The following is based on a presentation by Dr. Aaron Rhodes at the Seminar, “Challenges and Opportunities of Our Time,” held in the Parliament of the Czech Republic on 25 November 2016, hosted by MP Nina Nováková under the co-sponsorship of UPF.

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