Saturday, 5 June 2010

Symposium Uni-Graz: Religious Discrimination in Europe

Symposium Uni-Graz: 
Religious Discrimination in Europe


GRAZ - VIENNA (FOREF Europe): Top Experts from all over Europe have met at Graz University at the Symposium on "Religious Discrimination in selected European Countries". Over 70 participants have attended the conference which lasted 2 days (May 27-28). The international experts and audience were greeted with a welcome-message by the Mayor of Graz Mag. Siegfried Nagl. The mayors message was delivered by City councilor Bernhard Hofmann-Wellenhof followed by another welcoming speech of Prof. Fischerthe host-universities vice-rector.  The University of Graz, known for it’s progressive standards and  scholarship projects  for international underprivileged students gave it’s full support to this high profile European human rights symposium.

The lectures included up to date country-reports (14 countries incl. Scandinavia & Eastern-Europe) as well as experts-analysis on international organizations such as the Council of Europe (COE), theOrganization for Security & Cooperation of Europe (OSCE) & theEuropean Court of Human Rights (ECHR) in the service for religious freedom.

Peter Zoehrer
, FOREF secretary general and spokesperson evaluates conference as landmark event in the field of religious freedom and as exemplary with regards to excellence as well as international cooperation among experts in the field.  Conference initiator Prof. Dr. Christian Bruenner, President of the Vienna based human rights organization FOREF Europe says, lectures and country reports will be published later this year in a book on religious discrimination in European countries and on the FOREF Website

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