November 12, 2018

The former European Commissioner serves as Special Envoy for the promotion of the freedom of religion or belief outside the EU. He illustrated to SIR the tragic situation in many Countries today. “We need a criterion to measure the degree of our civilization, namely a...

September 13, 2018

Bratislava/Brussels, September 13 (TASR) - Where religious freedom is not respected, not only manifestations of intolerance and discrimination can be seen but very often there is also persecution and even annihilation that international law calls genocide, EU's Special...

Inquiries were held on the mass killings in Rakhine state and some visa bans imposed; here’s what must happen next

After the genocides in Rwanda and Srebrenica, the words “never again” were uttered like a mantra by many in the international community. Yet a year ago in...

December 26, 2017

KARACHI: Ján Figeľ European Union Special Envoy for promotion of freedom of religion or belief outside the EU spoke at Alliance Française de Karachi on Towards an Education System for Human Rights and Pluralism.

The Envoy, while maintaining that education is the most in...

December 10, 2017

If one looks around thoroughly and with respect to reality and truth, we see an enormous and continuously growing volume of diversity : stones in nature, trees and even leaves on the same type of trees in the woods, animals of all species. The same is true about humank...

November 16, 2017

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Vatican City, Nov 16, 2017 / 09:00 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The European Union’s special envoy for religious freedom has called for “responsible freedom,” in the wake of the Vatican-based (Re)Thinking Europe conference, h...

November 14, 2017

In my speech, I want to address three issues: i) EU approach to resilience, ii) EU approach to counter-radicalisation and iii) importance of freedom of religion or belief and interreligious dialogue

1)  EU approach to resilience

  • In June 2017, the EU presented a new s...

November 7, 2017

Video Speech for ASEAN Conference in Manila, the Philippines

Distinguished Manila Conference Participants and Guests,

First, I want to thank for the invitation. I wished to be with you in Manila but after the change of originally scheduled date I could not come.

Ladies an...

October 12, 2017

International Consultation on Christian Persecution - Finding the Appropriate Answers to a Long Neglected Crisis

Your Holiness, Beatitudes, Eminence, Excellencies, Minister, MPs,

Dear Friends, Ladies and Gentlemen,

Answers can be found successfully if we use our reason an...

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