Assembly seeks to protect the rights of parents and children belonging to religious minorities

PACE has called on Council of Europe member States to protect the rights of parents and children belonging to religious minorities by taking steps to “promote reasonable accommodation of the deeply-held moral or religious beliefs of all individuals in cases of serious conflict”.

The Assembly, in a resolution based on a report by Valeriu Ghiletchi (Republic of Moldova, EPP/CD), said that citizens should be able to “freely manifest their religion or belief in private or in public, within the limits defined by legislation and provided that this is not detrimental to the rights of others.”

Laws or rules which establish a “discriminatory distinction between religious minorities and majority beliefs” should be repealed, the parliamentarians added.

They also called for “easy-to-implement options for children or parents to obtain exemptions from compuslory State religious education programmes that are in conflict with their deeply held moral or religious beliefs”.