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Legal Restrictions Affecting Christians / Report 2012

The Observatory's Report 2012 contains two parts:
  1. Legal restrictions affecting christians in Europe and
  2. the most striking cases of intolerance and discrimination throughout Europe in the year 2012.
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The Observatory's Report on Intolerance and Discrimination against Christians in the Year 2012 was released on May, 21st, 2013, at an OSCE high level conference on Tolerance and Discrimination in Albania. Read the keynote speech by the Observatory's Director Gudrun Kugler here.

The legal restrictions affecting Christians in Europe were researched especially in these areas: Limiting Conscientious Objection (we especially detected problems in: Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, France, and Ireland); Curbing Free Speech by Hate Speech Legislation (France, Sweden, and the United Kingdom; Violations of Freedom of Assembly and Association (Austria, Germany, France, Netherlands, Spain), Discriminatory Equality Policies (EU, Denmark, Ireland, Netherlands, Spain, United Kingdom) and Limiting Parental Rights (Belgium, France, Germany, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden). 

The Report also contains a summary of and comment on the latest European Court of Human Rights Jurisprudence on Religious Freedom.

View press release: in English, in German.