EU renews Special Envoy for religious freedom after coming under pressure

Source: CT

The European Union has renewed the function of Special Envoy for the promotion of freedom of religion or belief outside the EU after coming under pressure.

“The forthcoming appointment shows our determination to ensure the rights of ALL faiths and beliefs are respected across the world,” European Commission Vice-President Margaritis Schinas said on Wednesday.

It follows pressure from EU parliamentarians and campaign groups after months of dithering.

The EPP Group in the European Parliament last week urged EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen to renew the position “without undue delay” in light of ongoing human rights abuses against religious minorities.

“The persistent discrimination, persecution or even mass killings of religious and ethnic minorities makes protecting and promoting this freedom inside and outside the EU all the more essential, and probably even more pressing today,” said EPPG Chair Manfred Weber and Vice-Chair Jan Olbrycht in a letter.

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  1. “The victims on the ground are in dire need for a decisive response from the EU. With its Special Envoy, the EU can lead in the international response, and that leadership is needed now more than ever.”  Such thoughts and quotations look beautiful in newspapers and in print media. However when examined from a practical view point, a depressing picture emerges. Atrocities in Kashmir, India, China, Myanmar, Pakistan with special reference to Ahmadiyya and Hindu are continuing in full swing. Hardly any concrete effort to stop such atrocities have been done by the EU. Mere revival will not serve the purpose unless some effective practical steps are taken to curb this menace from the globe.

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