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pursuant to Rule 133 of the Rules of Procedure

on defending Christians persecuted in Muslim-majority countries

Lorenzo Fontana

Motion for a European Parliament resolution on defending Christians persecuted in Muslim-majority countries  

The European Parliament,

–  having regard to Article 168 TFEU,

–  having regard to Rule 133 of its Rules of Procedure,

A.  whereas in 11 of the countries under observation in the report ‘Persecuted and Forgotten’ by the Pontifical Foundation ‘Aid to the Church in Need’ (ACN), between mid-2015 and mid-2017 the situation of ‘persecuted Christians’ degenerated compared to the previous two-year period, in which the situation had already become markedly worse;

B.  whereas one of the main threats to the safety of Christians in the world is the violent action of Islamic extremist groups;

C.  whereas many Islamic-led countries have adopted a law on blasphemy, in sharp contrast to modern democratic constitutions and to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which guarantees the right of all individuals to freedom of religion;

1.  Stresses the need, as confirmed by the statistics, to actively revitalise international action to defend and protect persecuted Christians;

2.  Urges the Commission to develop programmes to defend Christians who are being unjustly persecuted in their countries of origin and to become an international promoter of religious freedom;

3.  Asks the Commission to call on the governments of the Member States, in their international relations, to promote the religious freedom of Christians in Islamic countries.

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