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Youth and inter-cultural dialogue: building Europe based on common values, human dignity and mutual respect

16 December 2021 Strasbourg

On 15 December, youth representatives from different cultural and religious backgrounds were invited to the Council of Europe for a seminar entitled “Young people facing hate speech today: impact and solutions”. Samuel Lejoyeux, President of the Union des Etudiants Juifs de France (UEJF),...

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Meeting with Fiona Bruce MP – the UK Prime Minister’s Special Envoy for Freedom of Religion and Belief

6 December 2021

I was honoured to meet the UK Prime Minister’s Special Envoy for Freedom of Religion and Belief (FoRB) and her Deputy, David Burrowes, for a detailed exchange of views, facilitated by the UK Delegation to the Council of Europe. Fiona Bruce was nominated Special Envoy for FoRB at the end of 2020...

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Meeting with Josef Schuster, President of the Central Council of Jews in Germany

25 November 2021 Strasbourg

Dr. Josef Schuster was elected President of the Central Council of Jews in Germany in 2014 and re-elected for another four years in 2018. He recently described the German federal elections as “an expression of living democracy” while warning that the fight against right-wing populism and...

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Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić appointed Daniel Höltgen to the new position of Special Representative on Antisemitic, Anti-Muslim and other forms of religious intolerance and hate crimes
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 In recent years, we have witnessed an alarming increase in hate crimes in many parts of Europe, often incited and aggravated by hate speech online. The specific task of my Special Representative is to join forces at the European level and to ensure the collective expertise of the Council of Europe is put to full use in our common effort to prevent antisemitic, anti-Muslim and other forms of religious intolerance and hate crimes. 

Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić 


 No-one should be targeted for what they believe or do not believe. The fight against discrimination, including on grounds of religion or belief, has been at the core of the Council of Europe’s mission from the outset. We have been active in promoting interreligious dialogue and we have a long tradition of supporting Holocaust remembrance. Sharing this knowledge will be an important part of my work with my counterparts, including the representatives on antisemitism and anti-Muslim hatred of the OSCE, EU and member states 

Special Representative Daniel Höltgen

European Commission against Racism and Intolerance

The Council of Europe’s main expert monitoring body dealing with racial and religious discrimination is the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI). ECRI has adopted General Policy Recommendations on the fight against antisemitism and on Combating intolerance and discrimination against Muslims. These two issues also feature in the ECRI Annual Report.

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European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR)

Article 9 of the ECHR guarantees freedom of thought, conscience and religion.

Article 14 of the ECHR prohibits discrimination on any ground such as sex, race, colour, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, association with a national minority, property birth or other status.  

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