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27 January 2015.  Religion at the European Parliament: Survey of MEPs beliefs and what they do as a consequence of their beliefs, Moderated by Dennis de Jong MEP, Presentation by Professor François Foret, Intergroup on Freedom of Religion or Belief and Religious Tolerance, European Parliament 12:00 - 14:00. 

3 February 2015. The Positive Case: Religious Freedom is Good for Society, Business and the Poor, Brian J. Grim, St Mary's University Twickenham London, 6:00 pm.

4 February 2015.  Launch Event:  Presentation of the OSCE ODIHR Guidelines on the Legal Personality of Religious or Belief Communities, Hosted by MEP Dennis de Jong and the Intergroup on Freedom of Religion or Belief and Religious Tolerance, European... more

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The Conference Developing a multilateral approach to freedom of religion or belief: a European perspective will be held 9-11 February 2015 at Wiston House, Wilton Park. Wilton Park is an international forum for strategic discussion located in Sussex, United Kingdom. The Wilton Park conference is part of a larger project of transatlantic policy dialogue funded by the British Council/Luce Foundation Bridging Voices programme entitled ‘Freedom of Religion or Belief (FoRB) and Foreign Policy: A transatlantic dialogue for a multilateral approach to religious freedom’. The first leg of will focus on the emerging European approach and the U.S./European divide, but will also starting opening up the discussion over the policy prospects of a joint... more

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24 June 2013: The EU Delegation presented today in Geneva the EU Guidelines on the promotion and protection of freedom of religion or belief

On the occasion of the event "Three Years after the Uprisings – Religious Minorities in the Middle East", organised by the Austrian Mission and the non-governmental organisation Minority Rights Group International, the EU Delegation laid out the guidelines, which were adopted this summer by the Council of the European Union. As a universal human right, freedom of religion or belief (FORB) is a priority under the EU's human rights policy. The EU defends and promotes freedom of religion or belief as a fundamental right to which everyone is entitled, within and outside the EU. The EU guidelines on FORB underline this strong commitment to the promotion and protection of this universal human right without any discrimination.

The EU Guidelines underline the right of all persons to manifest their religion or belief either individually or in community with others; persons who change or leave their religion or belief, as well as persons holding non-theistic or atheistic beliefs should be equally protected, as well as people who do not profess any religion or belief.

The guidelines lay out the following overriding operational principles:
• The universal character of freedom of religion or belief;
• The freedom of religion or belief as an individual right which can be exercised in community with others;
• The... more

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