Human rights: respect for minorities and religions around the world

European Parliament
14.02.2020 / 15:27

The European Parliament’s Subcommittee on Human Rights will organise a public hearing with invited experts on Monday, 17 February, at 17.00.


The purpose of the hearing is to examine the state of international law when it comes to freedom of thought, conscience and religion around the world, as well as to look into lessons learned from previous policies and actions that have contributed to protecting this freedom.


The participants will also discuss best practices from interreligious dialogues on promoting tolerance and the fight against discrimination based on religious grounds.


The invited experts are:


Dr. Erin Wilson, Associate Professor of Global Politics and Religion, Vice Dean and Director of Education, Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies, University of Groningen, Netherlands;


Mr Muhammad Nuruddeen Lemu, Director of Research and Training, Da’wah Institute of Nigeria, Islamic Education Trust, Minna, Nigeria;


Ms Marcela Szymanski, Editor-in-Chief, report “Religious Freedom in the World”

Head of the EU office and Advocacy, Aid to the Church in Need, ACN International.


The hearing will be presided over by the Chair of the Subcommittee, Ms Maria Arena (S&D, BE). Here is the programme.


Further details


WHEN: Monday, 17 February, 17.00 – 18.30 CET.


WHERE: European Parliament’s SPAAK building in Brussels, room P5B001.


You can also follow the public hearing live here.




Mr Nuruddeen Lemu and Ms Arena are available for interviews after the hearing.


Practical information for journalists


Journalists that already hold joint EU institutional accreditation will be able to access the event. For those who do not hold permanent media accreditation, requests to attend the conference should be made here.


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