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Freedom of Religion and Rights of Religious Minorities

World Council of Churches

Commission of the Churches on International Affairs

International Study Consultation on

Freedom of Religion and Rights of Religious Minorities

Feronya Hotel / Taksim

 

Istanbul, Turkey

27 November to 2 December 2011

27th  November                 Arrival

28th  November                

09 :00-09 :30  Opening Session

Opening prayer,

Greetings  , Welcome,  Introductory Remarks, Orientation to the programme, Introductions

9.30 -10.30                           Session I                                                                                                    

Presentation on

Freedom of Religion and Rights of Religious Minorities:

International Parameters

10.30-11.00                          Tea/ Coffee

11:00-12:00    Session II

Situation Analysis-1

Religious Freedom and  Rights of Religious Minorities:

Presentation by: Ecumenical Patriarchate

12.00-13.00    Session III

Situation Analysis -2

Countries : Iraq,  Palestine

13.00-14.30                          Lunch

14:30-16:00    Session IV

Situation Analysis -3

Countries: Egypt, Syria, Lebanon

16.00-16.30                          Tea/ Coffee

16:30 -18:00   Session V

Situation Analysis -4

Countries: Pakistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan

18.00-18.15                          Break

18.15-19.30    Session VI

Discussion

29th  November                

08:30 – 09:00

Morning  prayer

09:00 – 10:30

Session VII

Situation Analysis -5

Countries: India, Sri Lanka, Nepal

10.30-11.00                          Tea/ Coffee

11:00 – 12:30

Session VIII

Situation Analysis -6

Countries: Malaysia, Indonesia, Caucasus region

12 :30 – 14.00                      Lunch

14:00 -15:30

Session IX

Situation Analysis-7

Countries: South Sudan, Nigeria, Eritrea

15:30-16:00

Tee/Coffee

16:30 – 18:30

Visit to the Ecumenical Patriarchate & Audience with His All Holiness, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, Archbishop of Constantinople, New Rome and Ecumenical Patriarch.

18:30 – 19.30  Session X

Discussion

30th  November

From Morning, till afternoon.       Feast of St. Andrews – Morning service at the Ecumenical Patriarchate

Visit to  Hagia Sophia

15:30 – 16 :30 Session XI

Situation Analysis-8

Countries: Madagascar, France

16:30- 18:00   Session XII

Situation Analysis-9

Countries:  Germany, Sweden, Serbia

18:00 – 18:15                       Break

18:15 -19:30   Session XIII

Discussion

1st December                     

08:30 – 09:00                        Morning Prayer

09:00 -10:30

Session XIV

Situation Analysis-10

Countries: Albania, Greece, Cyprus

10.30-11.00                          Tea/ Coffee

11:00 – 13:00

Session XV

Situation Analysis-11

Countries: Cuba,  USA, Turkey

13.00 -14.00                         Lunch

14:00 – 15:30

Session XVI

Plenary Discussion on

Identifying Priorities and  Action Plan

15.30-16.00                          Tea/ Coffee

16:00 – 17:30  Session XVII

Plenary Discussion on

Future direction of the Study Project

17.30-18.00                          Closing Session

2nd December                    Departure

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Publié par le novembre 25, 2011 dans Manifestations scientifiques, News

 

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Liet International

International song festival in a European minority language

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Liet International is the international song festival for the best new song in a European minority language. Liet International was invented and developed in the year 2002 in Friesland. The idea was, after ten succesfull editions of Frisian songcontest Liet, to try a similar event at the European level for the best new song in a minority language. The idea was and is to give bands who sing in a minority language an international stage to perform. In seven years Liet International has grown to be the anthitetis of the Eurovision song festival, with the big difference that Liet prohibits singing in English. Today Liet International is one of the largest events for promotion of minority languages. Liet International is organized by the Frisian Foundation Liet International in collaboration with its  cooperation of partners in Scotland, Scandinavia, Italy and Spain.

The sixth edition of song contest Liet International will be held on Saturday 31 october. After two editions in the Swedish Lapland in 2006 and 2008 the festival once again will be held in city theatre De Harmonie in Leeuwarden.

 
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Publié par le octobre 30, 2009 dans Manifestations culturelles

 

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Commissioner

Strasbourg, 1 October 2009

REPORT by Thomas Hammarberg Commissioner for Human Rights of the Council of Europe

Following his visit to Turkey on 28 June – 3 July 2009

Issue reviewed: Human rights of minorities

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. Overview of minorities in Turkey in relation to European and international instruments: Whilst the Commissioner appreciated the positive signs of good will shown by the Turkish authorities for resolving a number of issues concerning human rights of minority groups, he remains concerned by the authorities’ refusal to recognize the existence of any other minorities except for the tripartite non-Muslim one (Armenians, Greeks and Jews), following an over-restrictive interpretation of the 1923 Lausanne Peace Treaty. The Commissioner recommends that the authorities create an effective framework of consultations that would ensure a real dialogue with all minority groups in the country and pursue reforms with a view to fully aligning law and practice with the Council of Europe human rights standards concerning minorities. The Commissioner recommends in particular the prompt establishment of an effective national human rights institution, the creation and implementation of a comprehensive anti-discrimination legislation and the ratification of Protocol N° 12 to the European Convention on Human Rights. Accession to the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities and of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages is also highly recommended.

2. Minority languages and the right to freedom of expression: Despite certain efforts made in this area, the Commissioner remains very concerned at a number of persisting restrictions imposed upon education of minority members, including teaching and learning of their mother tongues. The Commissioner recommends the adoption of measures in order to enhance minority group members’ education and teaching and learning of their mother tongues, a precondition of enjoyment by them of their freedom of expression. The Commissioner is concerned about the high number of the freedom of expression-related judgments against Turkey that have been delivered by the European Court of Human Rights and whose execution is supervised by the Committee of Ministers. He calls upon the authorities to take further measures in order to effectively incorporate the European Court of Human Rights’ case law into domestic law and practice. This should include revision of certain provisions of the Criminal Code and of the anti-terrorism law mentioned in the Report, and of their application by prosecutors and courts. It is stressed that hate crimes in general, particularly those committed against persons who have exercised their right to freedom of expression, should be effectively investigated and those responsible should be promptly identified and punished, in line with the established case law of the European Court of Human Rights.

3. Minorities and the right to freedom of association: Recalling the particular importance of the freedom of association, which includes the creation and operation of political parties, for persons belonging to minorities, the Commissioner notes his serious concern about the current Turkish law and practice, especially about the proceedings that were initiated in the near past against two of the major political parties with a view to their dissolution. The Commissioner commends the determination shown by the Minister of Justice to carry on efforts to fully embed the Council of Europe human rights standards in national law and practice. He urges the authorities to follow up on and implement promptly the pertinent recommendations made notably by the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly and by the Venice Commission.

4. Minorities, freedom of religion and property rights: The Commissioner commends the readiness to dialogue with minority religious communities that the authorities demonstrated during his visit. He remains nonetheless concerned about the uneasiness and insecurity that seems to surround still religious minority groups. The Commissioner urges the authorities in particular to develop awareness-raising activities in order to alert the general public of the benefits of a multicultural society and to create an efficient, specialised body to combat, inter alia, racial and religious discrimination. Periodic, open and substantive consultations between the authorities and religious minority groups should be established, thus ensuring dialogue and solutions to major issues affecting religious minorities’ human rights, such as the one concerning the recognition of the legal personality of religious minority institutions and communities established in the country. The Commissioner notes with interest the latest legislative measures concerning the protection of property rights of non-Muslim minority foundations. A number of shortcomings however are identified in the present Report, which call for the authorities’ attention and necessitate further action in order to fully incorporate the case law of the European Court of Human Rights in the relevant legislation and practice.

5. Forced displacement in and from eastern and southeast Turkey: The Commissioner remains very concerned about the persistent humanitarian and human rights situation of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in and from the eastern and southeast Turkey, the majority of them being of Kurdish origin. The Commissioner recommends the prompt adoption of further measures that would accelerate and make more effective the reparation of the IDP victims, including the facilitation of exercise by IDPs of their right to voluntary return, voluntary resettlement or local integration. Whilst noting with satisfaction the Ministry of Interior’s willingness to resolve the persistent, IDP-related problems, including the positive efforts made in the context of the IDP action plan in the Van province, the Commissioner stresses the need for the authorities to promote a comprehensive, national strategy that would include improvement of living and education-related conditions in IDP-source areas. The Commissioner also urges the authorities to examine the possibility of abolishing the system of village guards and to proceed immediately to the completion of clearance of the mined areas, especially those from or near which IDPs originate.

6. Certain issues concerning human rights of Roma: The Commissioner notes with concern the social marginalization of Roma in Turkey, their serious difficulties in enjoying effectively certain social and civil rights, such as those concerning adequate housing, employment, health care and social assistance, and violence by police and non-state actors. The Commissioner recommends that Turkey adopt and implement promptly a coherent, comprehensive and adequately resourced national and regional strategy with short- and long-term action plans for implementing policies that address legal and/or social discrimination against Roma, in accordance with the Council of Europe standards. The Commissioner remains very concerned about the dislocation of Roma people, including families and children, in various parts of Turkey, in particular in the context of urban renovation projects. Of special concern have been the house demolitions, evictions and dislocation of Roma from the historic area of Sulukule, Istanbul. The Commissioner urges national and local authorities to take immediately measures in order to effectively respect and protect cultural heritage, to review urban renovation legislation and practice and to ratify promptly the 2005 Council of Europe Framework Convention on the Value of Cultural Heritage for Society.

 
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Publié par le octobre 1, 2009 dans News

 

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Justice

Access to justice for migrants and asylum seekers in Europe

Jeremy McBride

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Further to the 28th Conference of European Ministers of Justice (Lanzarote, Spain, 25-26 October 2007), the Council of Europe has continued working on access to justice for migrants and asylum seekers.

This publication contains an assessment of the situation faced by this vulnerable category of persons in accessing justice. It deals in particular with the identification of measures – both existing and new – for facilitating and ensuring such access for these people.

 

Contents

 

Introduction

Definitions

Access to justice in respect of which rights?
Specialised treaties
European Union law
Human rights treaties

The scope of rights of access to justice
Treaties concerned with migrants
European Union law
Human rights treaties
Treaties concerned with consular assistance
Other relevant Council of Europe treaties

Shortcomings and remedies
Shortcomings in standards
Shortcomings in practice
Good practices and standards
Possible action by the Council of Europe

Conclusion

 
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Publié par le juin 17, 2009 dans Nouvelles Publications

 

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World Wide Web !

Legal instruments for combating racism on the Internet

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Various national and international legal instruments punish hate speech. However, the specific nature of the Internet calls for the adoption of new strategies to combat hate speech promoting racism and violence, which is widely and swiftly disseminated on the web.

As the Internet ignores territories and has no boundaries, states cannot control it effectively by unilateral national regulation; what is needed is increased international co-operation. Efforts to harmonise national legislation – including the Additional Protocol to the Council of Europe Convention on Cybercrime – have come up against a series of difficulties. One of these is the fact that there is no universally accepted definition of the illegal nature of racist speech, which can be protected by the right to freedom of expression.

This book describes the situation in 10 Council of Europe member and observer, states and discusses the problems faced and solutions introduced by these countries, as well as by European and international organisations and civil society.

 
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Publié par le juin 8, 2009 dans Nouvelles Publications

 

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Minorities / Minorités

« Rapport Hunault » sur les minorités en Turquie en et en Grèce

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La liberté de religion et autres droits de l’homme des minorités non musulmanes en Turquie et de la minorité musulmane en Thrace (Grèce orientale)

Freedom of religion and other human rights for non-Muslim minorities in Turkey and for the Muslim minority in Thrace (Eastern Greece)

 
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Publié par le avril 22, 2009 dans News

 

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SU ! EAU! WATER!

World Water Forum

The world’s largest water event

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The World Water Forum is the main water-related event in the world, aimed at putting water firmly on the international agenda. A stepping stone towards global collaboration on water problems, the Forum offers the water community and policy-and-decision-makers from all over the world the unique opportunity to come together to create links, debate and attempts to find solutions to achieve water security. It is organised every three year by the World Water Council, in collaboration with the host country.

The 5th World Water Forum will be held in Istanbul, Turkey, from 16 to 22 March 2009.

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Dünya Su Forumu Kapsaminda eXpress dergisinin özel sayisi yayinlandi

Elias Khoury  (Page 3)

 
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Publié par le mars 14, 2009 dans News

 

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