Freedom of religion is a fundamental right and one of the
foundations of a democratic and pluralist society. Intolerance and
discrimination on the grounds of religion or belief affect minority
religious groups in Europe as well as people belonging to majority
religious groups. However, acts of hostility, violence and vandalism targeting
Christians and their places of worship are insufficiently taken
into consideration and condemned.
Council of Europe member States should be invited to promote
a culture of living together. Freedom of expression should be protected,
as well as the peaceful exercise of freedom of assembly. The principle
of reasonable accommodation should be resorted to in order to respect
people’s religious beliefs, in particular in the workplace and in
the field of education. By doing so, States should ensure that the
rights of others are equally protected.
It is crucial that States condemn and punish hate speech and
any act of violence, including against Christians.