241 Cases of Intolerance Against Christians in Europe: Report 2013

241 Cases of Intolerance Against Christians in Europe in 2013: New Report Released

The Observatory's Report on Intolerance and Discrimination against Christians in the Year 2013 was released on May, 15th, 2014.

It contains 241 individually documented cases of intolerance against Christians in Europe, as well as what individuals and institutions say about it. It also includes recommendations to governments, international institutions and the people themselves in their different professions.

Dr. Gudrun Kugler, director of the Observatory, explains: „The increasingly secular society in Europe has less and less space for Christianity. Some governments and players of civil society seek to exclude instead of to accomodate. Countless cases of intolerance against Christians are reported to us. By researching, documenting and publishing these cases we hope to create an awareness which is a first step towards a remedy.“

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Summary of the Report 2013 on Intolerance against Christians in Europe:

1. In this report the Observatory on Intolerance and Discrimination against Christians presents 241 incidents which took place in the year 2013. The incidents are categorised by hate-related intolerance, intolerance against Christians in law and politics, and intolerance against Christians in arts and media.

2. Over the last years the Observatory on Intolerance and Discrimination against Christians in Europe has seen a tremendous amount of cases of vandalism against Christian sites and places of worship. However, there is hardly any comparable statistical data on vandalism against Christian sites. European governments  generally do not segregate data with regard to Christianity.

3. The limited data that exists suggests that hate-related incidents against Christians in Europe are rising. 133 cases of vandalism against Christian sites in 11 countries are portrayed in this report.

4. Intolerance against Christians in law and politics occurs mainly with regard to limitations of conscientious objection, the curbing of free speech by hate speech legislation, discriminatory equality policies and the limitation of parental rights in the area of sex education, as well as in the area of freedom of assembly. Last year's report published 41 laws in 14 European countries which hinder the free exercise of faith for Christians.

5. Arts and media as well as social media become a new playground of intolerance against Christians. 15 cases from 6 countries were recorded by the Observatory in 2013.

6. Respect is a key term for the understanding of human rights in general and in particular for freedom of religion or belief: Reasonable accommodation ought to be the guiding principle in dealing with faith in public.

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