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Sakharov Debate - London, 3 December 2014


Religion and Human Rights in Europe

The European Parliament UK Office organised a debate to mark the awarding of the Sakharov Prize. The debate addressed religious and human rights and brought together academics, policy-makers, interest associations and journalists. It was open to the public and was hosted jointly withUCL European Institute.



Ed McMillan-Scott, , Vice-president of the European Parliament for Democracy & Human Rights, and Transatlantic Relations and MEP for Yorkshire & Humber and (2009-14)

Catriona Robertson, , Convener, London Boroughs Faiths Network

Can Yeginsu, Barrister, , specialising in public law, human rights law and public international law

Dr Myriam Hunter-Henin, , UCL Laws; Co-Director of the UCL Institute of Global Law

The debate was chaired by BBC News journalist Martine Croxall


In context

How can we respond to religious difference and treat all citizens fairly? As individuals in the EU we have the right to hold religious beliefs, we enjoy freedom of thought and conscience. But how we can practice these freedoms - through worship, teaching, symbols or dress - is more and more contested.

Tensions between individual minority rights and common values have been at the forefront of many recent religious freedom cases. Rulings by the European Court of Human Rights show how sensitive religious rights are.


Venue: Europe House, 32 Smith Square, London, SW1P 3EU (see map below)