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Intergroup hopes for increasing safety of Christians in Egypt

Following the passage of a law regulating the building and renovation of churches in August 2016, this month, the Egyptian Prime Minister formed a ministerial committee, as foreseen in the law, comprised of government officials and representatives from churches and the army, tasked with reviewing the legal status of existing unregistered church buildings. The Intergroup […]

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EU FoRB &RT Intergroup calls on the EEAS to step up its efforts for the protection of Ahmadiyya in Pakistan

The European Parliament Intergroup on Freedom of Religion or Belief and Religious Tolerance (FoRB&RT) condemns the lukewarm responses from the EU institutions after the police raid at the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community headquarters in Pakistan that took place on 6th December in Chenab Nagar, followed by an attack on the Ahmadi mosque in Chakwal, Pakistan by […]

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FoRB Intergroup welcomes special attention given to Freedom of Religion or Belief in the EP Human Rights Report

Today, the European Parliament adopted the Annual Report on Human Rights and Democracy in the world 2015 and the European Union’s policy on the matter. Intergroup co-Chair Dennis de Jong MEP: “ The resolution gives extra weight to our dialogue with the EEAS on the implementation of the EU Guidelines on the Promotion and Protection […]

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Intergroup welcomes Nadia Murad and Lamiya Aji Bashar being awarded 2016 Sakharov Prize

Today, during the plenary session, the European Parliament will present Nadia Murad and Lamiya Aji Bashar with the 2016 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought. Dennis de Jong, MEP and co-Chair of the Intergroup on Freedom of Religion or Belief welcomes the recognition by the Parliament of the courage of these two human rights advocates: […]

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New report shows: Persecution of adherents of non-theistic and atheist beliefs in the world on the rise

Today, the International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU) presented the 2016 Freedom of Thought Report during a meeting in the European Parliament, hosted by Dennis de Jong, MEP and co-Chair of the Intergroup on Freedom of Religion or Belief. De Jong: ´The report shows a gloomy picture for those who do not adhere to a […]

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