Numerous acts of hostility, violence and vandalism have been recorded in recent years against Christians and their places of worship. However, these acts are often overlooked by the national authorities.
The Committee on Equality and Non-Discrimination of the Council of Europe’s Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) has now adopted a Report drafted by Valeriu Ghiletchi (Republic of Moldova, EPP/CD), calling for measures to ensure the effective enjoyment of the protection of freedom of religion or belief afforded to every individual in Europe. Among other things, the draft report highlights the dangers emanating from so-called “anti-discrimination” and “hate speech” legislation, which in fact is often used to stifle the freedom of speech and expression, in particular of those expressing their Christian faith.
The report is scheduled to be debated by PACE during its next plenary session on 26-30 January 2015.