On January 8, Intergroup co-chairs, Dennis de Jong and Peter van Dalen sent a letter to President Juncker outlining their ideas for the mandate of the EU Special Envoy on Freedom of Religion or Belief. You can read both their letter, and the response from the Commission, below.
The European Parliament Intergroup on Freedom of Religion or Belief and Religious Tolerance is a group of like-minded MEPs dedicated to ensuring the EU, in its external actions, promotes and protects the right to freedom of religion or belief.
It is with deep sorrow that the intergroup received the news about the unexpected passing away of Asma Jahangir, on 11 February. Dennis de Jong, co-chair of the intergroup, states about her: ‘It was an honour for me to work closely together with Asma, especially when she was the UN’s Special Rapporteur on Freedom of […]
With great concern the Intergroup takes note of the Turkish attacks on Afrin. We are particularly concerned about the position of religious minorities in the region and therefore call on the Turkish authority to avoid religious minorities becoming victims of their attacks. This call for attention for religious minorities is based on information we have […]
On Wednesday January 17, MEP Peter van Dalen, together with MEP Catherine Stihler, co-hosted the launch of Open Doors’ annual report, the World Watch List. Unfortunately, this year’s report highlighted a worrying trend; persecuting against Christians is increasing. Of the 2.48 billion followers of Christ in the world today, 1 in 12 face severe […]
The Intergroup is extremely concerned about the case of Mr Hamed Bin Haydara, a member of the Baha’i community in Yemen, who was sentenced to death on January 8, 2018. Below is an outline of the case, provided by the Baha’i International Community in Brussels.