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Exchange of views with Ambassador Musa, OSCE Special Representative on Combating Intolerance and Discrimination against Muslims

7 October 2022 Strasbourg

On 7 October, I had the opportunity to have an online meeting with Ambassador İsmail Hakkı Musa, the new Personal Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office on Combating Intolerance and Discrimination against Muslims. I congratulated him on his appointment. We agreed to continue and build...

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Meeting with Chems-Eddine Hafiz, rector of the Grand Mosque of Paris

19 September 2022

I had the honour of meeting Chems-Eddine Hafiz, rector of the Grand Mosque of Paris for an exchange on strategies and initiatives to combat antisemitism, racism and discrimination in particular against Muslims. I informed him of the various recommendations of the Council of Europe, including the...

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Informal Meeting of Ministers’ Deputies 18 October 2022: "Strategies to promote tolerance and combat hate"

headline 22 August 2022

An informal meeting of Ministers’ Deputies on the topic of "Strategies to promote tolerance and combat hate" will take place on 18 October 2022 from 10am-1pm as part of the Irish Presidency in the context of the work of the Special Representative (SRSG). Guest speakers include: H.E. Miguel Ángel...

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Ministerial conference on Freedom of Religion or Belief (FoRB), London

7 July 2022

On behalf of the Secretary General, I took part in the 3rd Ministerial Conference Freedom of Religion or Belief, hosted by the UK, following my attendance online of the 2nd FORB ministerial organised by Poland in 2020. The Conference in London provided an ample opportunity to network with other...

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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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 See also our Holocaust Remembrance page