Religious freedom: How is the EU doing?

Round-table on EU’s role in protecting religious freedom worldwide; EurActiv journalist Matthew Tempest hosts discussion with EU officials and experts on 26 April in Brussels

BRUSSELS–On 26 April, Brussels based media outlet EurActiv and ADF International will host a workshop to discuss freedom of religion or belief beyond the European Union’s borders. According to a recent study by the Pew Research Centre, about three-quarters of the world’s population live in countries with high restrictions on religious freedom, and widespread social hostilities towards religious minorities. The EU has committed to promote and protect religious freedom worldwide. The round-table will assess whether the current institutional set-up is suitable to fulfil this mission and, if not, what more is needed.

“No person should be persecuted because of their religion. If the EU is serious about its commitment to peace, democracy, and human rights, it has to step up its efforts on freedom of religion or belief. The steep rise of persecution on the grounds of religion or belief around the world calls for one response: to make religious freedom a priority in the EU’s external action”said Sophia Kuby, Director of EU Advocacy for ADF International, based in Brussels, who will be part of the workshop’s expert panel.

AVISO: Workshop on freedom of religion and belief beyond the EU borders  

When: Wednesday, 26 April 2017, 12:00–14:00

Where: EurActiv Network Office, 1 Boulevard Charlemagne, 1041 Brussels


Ján Figeľ, Special Envoy for the promotion of freedom of religion or belief outside the EU

Lotte Knudsen, Managing Director Human Rights, Global and Multilateral Issues, European External Action Service – to be confirmed

Lars Adaktusson MEP, Vice-Chair, European Parliament Intergroup on Freedom of Religion or Belief and Religious Tolerance

Sandra Melone, Executive Vice President, Search for Common Ground

Sophia Kuby, Director of European Union Advocacy, ADF International


Matthew Tempest, Journalist, EurActiv

Find Sophia Kuby’s commentary on the EU’s responsibility for protecting religious freedom here.

For further information, and participation please contact

Matthew Tempest

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