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MOTION FOR A RESOLUTION
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20 November 2002
PE 324.431
 
B5‑0445/2002
pursuant to Rule 48 of the Rules of Procedure
by Maurizio Turco, Emma Bonino, Marco Pannella, Marco Cappato, Gianfranco Dell’Alba, Benedetto Della Vedova, Olivier Dupuis, Nuala Ahern, Generoso Andria, Pedro Aparicio, Robert Atkins, María Antonia Avilés Perea, Richard Balfe, Mary Banotti, Paolo Bartolozzi, Carlos Bautista, Christopher Beazley, Alima Boumediene-Thiery, Giuseppe Brienza, Carlos Carnero, Massimo Carraro, Maria Carrilho, Paulo Casaca, Michael Cashman, Luigi Cocilovo, Michel Dary, Joseph Daul, Chris Davies, Thierry De La Perriere, Christine De Veyrac, Gérard Deprez, Harlem Désir, Rosa M. Díez González, Manuel Dos Santos, Den Dover, Avril Doyle, Barbara Dührkop, Mercedes Echerer, Jill Evans, Carlo Fatuzzo, Giovanni Claudio Fava, Enrico Ferri, Jean-Claude Fruteau, Per Gahrton, Georges Garot, Evelyne Gebhardt, Vitaliano Gemelli, Fiorella Ghilardotti, Heidi Hautala, Mary Honeyball, Chris Huhne, Anna Karamanou, Hans Karlsson, Glenys Kinnock, Eija-Riitta Korhola, Wolfgang Kreissl-Dörfler, Hans Kronberger, Paul Lannoye, Vincenzo Lavarra, Alain Lipietz, Giorgio Lisi, Raffaele Lombardo, Sarah Ludford, Elizabeth Lynne, Nelly Maes, Cecilia Malmström, Thomas Mann, Ioannis Marinos, Helmuth Markov, Claudio Martelli, Hugues Martin, Véronique Mathieu, Mario Mauro, Miguel Mayol y Raynal, Eryl McNally, Emilio Menéndez del Valle, Elizabeth Montfort, Jan Mulder, Francesco Musotto, Nello Musumeci, Pasqualina Napoletano, Bill Newton Dunn, Mauro Nobilia, Camilo Nogueira, Juan Ojeda, Elena Paciotti, Paolo Pastorelli, Béatrice Patrie, Yves Piétrasanta, Gianni Pittella, Elly Plooij-van Gorsel, Bernard Poignant, Adriana Poli Bortone, Bartho Pronk, James Provan, John Purvis, Daniela Raschhofer, Frédérique Ries, Lennart Sacrédeus, Ulla Margrethe Sandbæk, Marieke Sanders-ten Holte, Amalia Sartori, Francisca Sauquillo, Gilles Savary, Luciana Sbarbati, Karin Scheele, Olle Schmidt, Inger Schörling, Peter Sichrovsky, Miet Smet, Patsy Sörensen, Maria Sornosa, Francesco Speroni, Bart Staes, Margie Sudre, Charles Tannock, Nicole Thomas-Mauro, Helena Torres Marques, Bruno Trentin, Franz Turchi, Joaquim Vairinhos, Joan Vallvé, Bob Van den Bos, Lousewies Van der Laan, Johan Van Hecke, Gianni Vattimo, Alejo Vidal-Quadras Roca, Dominique Vlasto, Demetrio Volcic, Anders Wijkman, Matti Wuori, Terence Wynn and Myrsini Zorba
on religious freedom

Motion for a European Parliament resolution on religious freedom 
B5‑0445/2002

The European Parliament,

A.  whereas religious freedom, whether for individuals or for groups, is a fundamental human right enshrined in various international legal instruments including the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948), the European Convention on the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms (1950), the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (1966) and the United Nations Declaration on the Elimination of All Forms of Intolerance and Discrimination Based on Religion or Belief (1981),

B.  whereas the principle of religious freedom implies freedom of belief and worship without discrimination or preference, and can only exist in a secular state,

C.  whereas religious freedom is arbitrarily trampled and violated in various parts of the world,

Calls on the Council of the European Union, the Commission and the Member States to:

1.  Make action to uphold religious freedom a priority in the EU’s relations with third states;

2.  Provide for the imposition, in response to violations of religious freedom, of similar penalties and sanctions to those prescribed since 1998 by the United States International Religious Freedom Act (Public Law 105-292, 105th Congress).

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