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The recent escalation of antisemitic attacks requires a Europe-wide response. Governments should...
Initial results of a consultation of Muslim organisations Vorläufige Ergebnisse einer Befragung muslimischer Verbände in Europa
Address to the commemoration and international conference on the Pogrom of Iasi, Romania, 28-30 June 2021
"Countering extremism and dangerous ideologies is one of the most important tasks of national security today. It is therefore only consistent to take action against the spread of dangerous narratives under the guise of freedom of religion. Unfortunately, the "Islam Map" of Austria overshoots the...
Meeting with Sophie Elizéon, Inter-ministerial Co‑ordinator on combating racism, antisemitism and anti-LGBT hatred (DILCRAH, France)
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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
Link to mandate
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.
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.