Impact of EU elections | ENORB AGM

Bruss_16Register now for ENORB’s Annual Meeting on 17-18 June 2014 in Brussels.

Visit www.enorb2014.eventbrite.co.uk to book your place, which is free of charge.

Members and friends of ENORB are warmly invited.

Meet others from across Europe, join the social events, listen to our expert speakers, including far right expert Matthew Goodwin (University of Nottingham), and contribute your own experience and expertise.

We invite you to join with us in discussing the impact of the EU elections and our plans for the future.

Download the full progamme here.  We look forward to seeing you!

EU Elections – 10 action points

OUR MESSAGE FOR THE EUROPEAN ELECTIONS

Download the 10 Action Points here

The European Network on Religion & Belief is a Europe-wide network of religious and non-religious organisations committed to action for equality and mutual understanding and against discrimination, hate crime and prejudice.

We ask all MEPs to support our 10 action points for the new European Parliament:

EU Strategy on Religion and Belief

Develop a strategy and funding to support equality on grounds of religion and belief equivalent to the other five strands of equalities on race, gender, disability, age and sexual orientation.

EU Guidelines on Freedom of Religion and Belief

Ensure coherence between EU external affairs policy as expressed in the 2013 Guidelines, and internal policy as it affects member states.

Support a European Parliamentary Working Group on Freedom of Religion and Belief which covers the EU as well as the rest of the world.

Comprehensive Anti-Discrimination Legislation

Support the rapid adoption of the Draft Directive on Equal Treatment to include discrimination on grounds of religion/belief, disability, age and sexual orientation.

Improve Implementation of EU Equalities Policies on Religion and Belief

Funding for a European network on equalities and non-discrimination on grounds of religion and belief, and for civil society awareness raising and campaigning actions.

Improve EU consultation with, and participation of, religion/belief minorities

Some minorities are among Europe’s most excluded citizens, and require active outreach and specific action to hear their voices, promote their interests and involve their communities.

In Civil Society

Develop a Europe-wide programme against violence and hate speech/crime

Proactive measures and campaigns are needed to combat increasing violence, hate speech and bullying on grounds of religion, belief or non-belief.

Combat Inequalities in Health, Education and Social Provision

Mobilise EU and member state action to make available these basic human rights – which have been in some cases denied or reduced for certain communities.

Equal Access to Justice for All

Promote Civil Society initiatives to ensure that all communities are aware of their EU Fundamental Rights and have access to advocacy and redress in case of discrimination.

Promote European Unity in Diversity through Dialogue and Common Action

Actively take up the challenge in President Barroso’s April 2013 speech by promoting inter-convictional (religious and non-religious) dialogue and action for Europe’s long-term benefit.

Articles of Faith Seminar 3-4 December

ENORB will be welcoming Dennis de Jong MEP to open the seminar Is wearing articles of faith a threat to European Democracies? on 3rd December in Brussels. Mr de Jong has spoken previously at ENORB and we look forward to his contribution on this topic. The programme is now available to download here. Dr Nassima Ferchiche of the University of Aix-Marseilles Religion and Law Programme has confirmed that she will be joining us to speak on religious symbols, clothing and headwear in the public space. Space at the European Parliament during session weeks is particularly tight, and room for our seminar has not been allocated on this occasion.  We will therefore convene for both sessions at Centre Espaces, Avenue de la Renaissance, 40, B-1000 Brussels. Participants may download the briefing notes here and details of the details of the regional and policy workshops can be downloaded here. We look forward to welcoming participants from a wide range of backgrounds and parts of Europe.  If you have not already registered, please do so now at www.enorb4.eventbrite.com.

Is wearing articles of faith a threat to European democracies?

ENORB’s next seminar is on 3-4 December in Brussels.

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The topic of religious symbols and clothing is one which has caused considerable controversy over the past year in several European countries. We will be exploring the reasons for this and trying to build consensus on how to handle the issue, which is right at the interface of Europe’s secular traditions and the human right to manifest religion or belief.

Please register at https://enorb4.eventbrite.com to reserve your place.  Full details will be available soon.

A more equitable religion and belief landscape?

ENORB UK 16 October 2013

ENORB UK’s next event is in London on Wednesday 16 October 1400 – 1700, including the screening of a new film “Polish Muslims” by William Barylo.  Download the flyer and directions.

We have two excellent contributors who will share their recent research with us and we will also hear from the Human Rights Consortium which is kindly hosting us.

If you would like to attend, please email enorb@enorb.eu.