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"They could no longer endure the harassment": An Interview with the Head of the ZOCD Working Group for Refugees

September 9, 2016

In the last few years, many Christians have fled their home countries due to religious persecution — many of them from the cradle of Christianity. For some, life in Germany is not much better than the places they fled: the threat posed by radical Muslims towards Christians followed them to Europe and it is spreading through some refugee homes.

Knights of Columbus Provides Major Report on Genocide of Christians to U.S. State Department

March 9, 2016

The Knights of Columbus urges the United States to join the International Association of Genocide Scholars, 60 UK Parliamentarians, 200+ Members of Congress, Pope Francis, the European Parliament, and many other and recognize the genocide against Christians and other minority groups in Iraq and Syria.

The UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief in Favor of a Right to Conscientious Objection in the Context of Abortion and Euthanasia

March 8, 2016

Peaceful Protests all over Europe Urging Norway to Return Bodnariu Children to their Parents

January 18, 2016

Online petition has received over 55,000 signatures since November.

US Supreme Court Agrees to Tackle Religious Hostility by States

January 15, 2016

The U.S. Supreme Court agreed Friday to take up a case that addresses the question of whether states can exhibit hostility to religion by prohibiting churches and church-run organizations from participating in state programs solely because the groups are religious.

Open Doors Watch List: "Persecution Of Christians Reaches Historic Levels, Conditions Suggest Worst Is Yet To Come"

January 13, 2016

According to the 2015 Open Doors World Watch List, the Middle East Remains Most Violent While Africa Sees Largest Increase in Persecution of Christians.

The Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe's Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) will publish its 2014 annual report on hate crimes on November 16, 2015

October 26, 2015

The report provides an overview of data collected on hate crimes, and of responses to hate crimes. The Observatory on Intolerance and Discrimination against Christians in Europe submitted data, from which cases from 12 countries will be included in the final report which will be available online on November 16, 2015.

Observatory Makes Recommendations at 2015 OSCE Human Dimension Implementation Meeting

October 1, 2015

Observatory Delivers Keynote Address at OSCE

May 18, 2015

At the OSCE Conference CIO.GAL/54/15 "Enhancing efforts to prevent and combat intolerance and discrimination against Christians, focusing on hate crimes, exclusion, marginalisation and denial of rights" in Vienna on May 18, 2015, Dr. Gudrun Kugler, director of the Observatory, delivered a keynote address.

Observatory Submits Report about Austria to UN Human Rights Universal Periodic Review

March 19, 2015

Every few years the UN review each of its members with regard to their human rights situation in the so-called Univeral Periodic Review. The Observatory submitted a report on the violations of religious freedom in Austria. Find here the full report.

Islamist Extremists Main Cause of Aggression Against Christians

March 15, 2015

While Europe is not the region with the highest level of religious hostilities – that remains the Middle East-North Africa region – harassment and attacks against religious minorities continue in many European countries.

UK Equality and Human Rights Commission Finds: Christians Often Scared to Admit Their Beliefs

March 11, 2015

Nearly 2,500 people of all faiths were asked about excercising their religion at work for a nationwide study conducted by the UK Equality and Human Rights Commission. The research was done to investigate visibly growing conflict over Christians’ rights to act in accordance with their religious beliefs. The results are striking: Christians are often scared to admit their beliefs!

Increasing Rate of Thefts and Defamations of the Churches in North Rhine-Westphalia

February 16, 2015

There have been recored 3.500 church burglaries since 2010 in North Rhine-Westphalia. During the past five years in North Rhine-Westphalia 3.504 church burglaries were committed. That indicates that per year, 660 to 790 church burglaries are taking place. 80% of the 785 suspects had German nationality.

French Observatory Releases Anti-Christian Incident Report for France in January 2015

January 31, 2015

36 places of worship or devotion, schools, tombs and Christian websites were documented on L’Observatoire de la Christianophobie for January 2015 in France.

Council of Europe’s Parliamentary Assembly Adopts Resolution Against Intolerance against Christians in Europe

January 29, 2015

On Jan 29, 2015, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe adopted the Resolution: „Tackling intolerance and discrimination in Europe with a special focus on Christians“. The Observatory welcomes the resolution as an important Stepp into the right direction. The resolution was adopted with 67 votes in favour, 2 against and 15 abstentions.

47% of Germans Say Germany is Not Self-Confident Enough With Its Christian Traditions

November 30, 2014

While 30% of the population agree, 67% disagree with the de-Christianisation of religious and cultural traditions. 47% of Germans think that Germany is not self-confident enough with its Christian traditions.

ACN Religious Freedom Report 2014: Germany „Worrying”

November 5, 2014

The international Catholic charity and Pontifical Foundation Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) published a report entitled Religious Freedom in the World Report 2014, which was first presented on November 5th, 2014. Read in the following the Report’s concerns regarding Germany.

ACN Religious Freedom Report 2014: The Netherlands „Worrying”

November 5, 2014

The international Catholic charity and Pontifical Foundation Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) published a report entitled Religious Freedom in the World Report 2014, which was first presented on November 5th, 2014. Read in the following the Report’s concerns regarding The Netherlands.

ACN Religious Freedom Report 2014: France „Worrying”

November 5, 2014

The international Catholic charity and Pontifical Foundation Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) published a report entitled Religious Freedom in the World Report 2014, which was first presented on November 5th, 2014. Read in the following the Report’s concerns regarding France.

ACN Religious Freedom Report 2014: Seven European Countries „Worrying”

November 5, 2014

The international Catholic charity and Pontifical Foundation Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) published a report entitled Religious Freedom in the World Report 2014, which was first presented on November 5th, 2014. The Observatory provided data for the European region to the report. Find here a summary of the key findings, including information on the seven countries, ACN finds worrying in Europe.

Observatory Interventions at OSCE HDIM 2014

September 30, 2014

The Human Dimension Implementation Meeting of the Organisation of Security and Cooperation in Europe takes place in 2014 in Warsaw from 22 September to 3 October. The Observatory is present and intervenes on topics of tolerance and freedom of conscience and religion. Please read our interventions here.

UK Marriage Registrar Reinstated to Accomodate Religious Beliefs

September 1, 2014

A Christian registrar was dismissed for indicating she would not be willing to perform same-sex marriages. Finally, she was reinstated after a successful appeal in which it was ruled that her employer had failed to take a “balanced view” of her religious beliefs.

The European Court of Human Rights Reaffirms Autonomy of Religious Organisations

June 12, 2014

The Observatory welcomes the decision of the ECHR, the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg which underlines the importance of the institutional dimension of freedom of religion. This judgment is a step towards reasonable accomodation of faith in contemporary society and will hopefully serve as a model in similar debates and decisions in the future. Read here a press release of the European Center for Law and Justice which acted as a party in the legal proceedings.

Observatory Submits 170-Page Report on Hate Crimes in Europe to OSCE

April 9, 2014

The Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe's Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) will publish its 2013 annual report on hate crimes on November 17, 2014. The report provides an overview of data collected on hate crimes, and of responses to hate crimes. The Observatory on Intolerance and Discrimination against Christians in Europe submitted a 170-page report to support the OSCE/ODIHR publication on April 9th, 2014.

European Parliament Calls on the EU to Promote Freedom of Religion in the World

December 11, 2013

Read here key excerpts of the European Parliament resolution of 11 December 2013 on the Annual Report on Human Rights and Democracy in the World 2012 and the European Union's policy on the matter (2013/2152(INI)) on Freedom of Religion.

Court of Appeals Upholds District Court Decision to Keep Cross in Plenary Hall of Sejm

December 9, 2013

On 9 December 2013 Court of Appeals in Warsaw upheld a District Court judgment from 14th January refusing far-left politicians’ claims. They blamed the cross hanging in the plenary hall of Sejm (lower chamber of the Polish Parliament) to be an infringement of the freedom of religion and having an offensive character for them as for atheists. According to the Court, presence of religious symbols in public square e.g. in Sejm does not infringe freedom of religion neither may be considered as a personal offence.

OSCE Ministerial Council Reaffirms Importance of Faith in Public Life

December 6, 2013

The Ministerial Council of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe reaffirmed in its Dec. 6 session in Kyiv the importance of Freedom of Religion and concluded to work towards a greater inclusion of faith and public policy.

OSCE Hate Crime Report Shows: Hate Crimes Against Christians a Serious Problem in Western Europe

November 15, 2013

The Observatory on Intolerance and Discrimination against Christians welcomes the 2012 Hate Crime Report released by OSCE/ODIHR* on November 15, 2013. „This report creates awareness – and awareness is the first step towards a remedy,“ says the Observatory’s director Dr. Gudrun Kugler.

414 Hate Crimes Against Christians in 2012 in Germany Says OSCE Report

November 12, 2013

Based on the OSCE/ODIHR Hate Crime Report 2012 released in November 2013 German Media report about 414 hate crimes in Germany in 2012. The hate crimes range from violent attacks (18) to vandalism including spray-painting to theft. They are mainly directed against Catholic and Protestant churches, church buildings and cemeteries. One attack was directed against a Orthodox church.

Observatory Presents Keynote Address to OSCE High Level Conference

May 21, 2013

On May 21 and 22, 2013, OSCE met in Tirana to discuss Tolerance and Non-Discrimination. The Observatory's director Dr. Gudrun Kugler was invited to give a keynote address in the session on combating intolerance and discrimination against Christians.

Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe Defends Religious Freedom

April 24, 2013

On April 24th, 2013, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe adopted a Resolution on the Protection of Religious Communities Against Violence (Resolution 1928 (2013)) in its 14th sitting. Reporteur was Italian Mr. Luca Volonte. Read below the highlights of the text.

81,4% of Vandalism in France Directed Against Christian Sites in 2012

April 16, 2013

Member of Parliament Marc Lefur (UMP, Côtes d’Armor) asked Minister of Interior Manuel Vals in a written inquiry on the numbers of acts of vandalism against Christian sites in France. In April of 2013, the minister replied saying that 667 attacks were recorded in 2012, of which 543 were directed against Christian sites.

In Majorly Catholic Countries Religious Restrictions and Hostilities Two Times Lower

March 18, 2013

An analysis of data from Pew Research studies finds that government restrictions on religion and social hostilities involving religion are more than two times lower in countries in which Catholics are the majority population than in countries where Catholics are a minority.

2012 Named as Worst Year for Religious Liberty and Freedom of Conscience in Spain

March 14, 2013

The Italian Observatory “No Cristianofobia” has highlighted Radio Vatican’s report that 2012 has been the worst year for religious freedom in Spain with at least sixteen incidents of attacks against religious symbols or clergy though the article focuses on three. Of these the trial against the Bishop of Alcala de Henares Reig Pla who was accused, and absolved, of making homophobic statements, is exemplary of the increasing intolerance of freedom of conscience and thought to be found in Spain.

Observatory Submits 67 Cases to OSCE Hate Crime Report 2012

March 1, 2013

Upon the request of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe, the Observatory on Intolerance and Discrimination against Christians submitted 67 individually documented hate crimes and hate incidents on March 1st.

Four Rulings on Christians in the European Court Judgment:
 Big Steps Forward But Further To Go

January 21, 2013

Read here the Observatory's analyses of the four cases on freedom of religion as they were decided by the European Court of Human Rights on January 15th, 2013: What happened, what was decided, what is good about the rulings, what is a disappointment, and what do Church leaders say about it.

Ladele Discriminated As A Christian, Says Minority Opinion of Two ECHR Judges

January 17, 2013

The European Court of Human Rights ruled that Ms. Lilian Ladele had not been discriminated against when loosing her job for not being willing to officiate at a same-sex wedding. Two judges disagree and explain in a minority opinion that in her case wrongly "gay rights" trumped over fundamental human rights.

Scottish Government Report Shows High Rate and Increase of Hate Crimes against Christians

November 22, 2012

The data contained in the report “Religiously Aggravated Offending in Scotland 2011-2012” shows an increase of 
26% in religious hate crimes. 876 charges with a religious aggravation in 
2011-12 were analysed by the Justice Analytical Services.

 As per previous years attacks on Catholics constitute the largest
identified group, with 509 such incidents accounting for 58.1% of all such
offences. Anti-Catholic attacks are more prevalent than attacks on all
other religious groups combined.

Observatory Intervenes on Freedom of Assembly at OSCE Meeting in Vienna

November 9, 2012

Christians events, prayer meetings or Church services as well as Christian manifestations which are sometimes interupted or attacked. The Observatory recorded such hate incidents in several European countries, for example in Austria, Germany and Spain.

US Bishops' Conference Launches US-Focussed Freedom of Religion Campaign

November 6, 2012

The US Catholic bishops' conference has launched the initiative "First American Freedom" to protect freedom of religion. "Today, religious freedom is under threat throughout the United States—at all levels of government, federal, state, and local—and abroad," they say, and announce to work towards a protection of religious freedom through "prayer, education, and public action."

Observatory Reported Six Human Rights Violations in Germany to the U.N.

October 10, 2012

This October, the Observatory submitted a complaint against Germany to the Universal Periodic Review of the Human Rights Council of the United Nations. Below you find the list of infringements on human rights with regards to Christianity which we monitor in Germany.

European Parliament Seminar Concludes: Significant Effort Required to Eliminate Discrimination against Christians in Europe

October 2, 2012

The Oct 2nd seminar, which was organised by different politicial groups together with the COMECE, concluded that Christians in Europe are being more and more sidelined and marginalised, partly by social hostility and partly by government restrictions. Significant efforts are required to eliminate discriminatory actions against Christians. Freedom of religion has to be ensured not only for minorities, but for Christians as well. Public attention must be raised to issues which are not covered by the media and a permanent dialogue should be established on major issues. Likewise, cross-party initiatives must also play a stronger role in this process.

Pew Forum Finds: Government Restrictions and Social Hostility on the Rise, also in Europe

September 27, 2012

The Pew Research Center finds that United Kingdom, France, Germany, Greece and Romania are among the countries of high and growing social hostility against religion.

Statement of Observatory at OSCE on Freedom of Assembly

September 26, 2012

Find here the intervention of the Observatory on Intolerance and Discrimination against Christians in Europe at the Human Dimension Implementation Meeting of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe on September 26th, 2012, in Warsaw. Topic: Freedom of Assembly of Christians violated West of Vienna.

Religious Hostility Report Published in the US

September 7, 2012

The US-based Family Research Council and the Liberty Institute published in 2012 a report on "Religious Hostility in America". Read here the executive summary.

Four Freedom of Religion Cases at the European Court of Human Rights in the Fall of 2012

September 4, 2012

The ECtHR hears four cases of religious discrimination of Christians at work against the UK. Read here the press release of the European Center for Law and Justice, including a summary of the four cases.

Government Report Combatting Racism Recognises Christian Sites as the Most Targeted

July 13, 2012

Since the creation of the under-directory for general information (SDIG - Sous-direction de l’information générale) on 1st July 2008, a periodical state of affairs of attacks on places of worship and tombs in France has been conducted by introducing a constant inventory method. Profanations of places of cult are a classic form of racist and anti-Semitic violence, but the Christian symbols are from far the most targeted, from 82% to 90% of the cases depending of the year.

Italy Opens Religious Liberty Observatory Focusing also on the West

June 28, 2012

On June 28, 2012 Italy’s foreign affairs office officially opened an Observatory on Religious Liberty focussing on all countries of the world but Italy. The observatory aims to support Italian international diplomacy with regards to violations against religious liberty.

OSCE Holds Seminar on Hate Crimes Against Christians

June 28, 2012

On 26 - 27 June 2012 the OSCE/ODIHR held a meeting entitled "The Role of Civil Society in Combating Hate Crimes against Christians", hosted by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Rome. The seminar gathered more than 40 civil society organizations dealing with intolerance against Christians in the OSCE area. The aim of the meeting was to raise awareness on the concept of hate crimes and different forms of intolerance, and to train the participants in how to document such crimes. The Observatory on Intolerance and Discrimination against Christians participated.

European Court of Human Rights: Victory for the Religious Freedom

May 15, 2012

The European Court of Human Rights published a judgment in the important case of Fernandez-Martínez c. Espagne (application no 56030/07) in which it concluded by six votes to one that “the choice of the bishop not to renew the contract of a teacher who is a married priest and activist of the Pro-Optional Celibacy Movement comes under the principle of religious freedom, as protected by the Convention”.

Vatican at UN: Parents have the Right to Homeschool

May 1, 2012

Parents “have the right and duty to choose schools inclusive of homeschooling, and they must possess the freedom to do so, which in turn, must be respected and facilitated by the State.”

Turkey Named as One of World’s Worst Religious Freedom Violators

March 26, 2012

Turkey has been named as one of the world’s worst violators of religious freedom, along with countries such as Iran, Iraq, North Korea, Saudi Arabia and Sudan.

Politicians Release Report on the Freedom of Christians in the UK

February 28, 2012

In the report "Clearing the Ground", UK parliamentarians say after a six month investigation that Christians are facing genuine legal difficulties in Britain. They suggest to promote a concept of “reasonable accommodation” for religious belief in the public sphere. The report criticises the Equality Act for failing to deal with the tensions between different strands of equality. It also says that the Equality Commission should be reviewed and restructured so that it better includes and represents religious beliefs. It also says some court rulings have relegated religious belief, effectively creating a hierarchy of rights.

How Freedom of Religion is Handled is a Pressing Challenge

February 27, 2012

“Christians in the UK face problems in living out their faith and these problems have been mostly caused and exacerbated by social, cultural and legal changes over the past decade... Christians in the UK are not persecuted. To suggest that they are is to minimize the suffering of Christians in many parts of the world... But the experiences of Christians in the UK seeking to live out their beliefs and speak freely illustrate a very real problem in the way religious belief, and in particular Christianity is understood and handled. The problem is a pressing challenge to our idea of a plural society."

New Publication on "Equality, Freedom, and Religion"

February 14, 2012

Roger Trigg, Emeritus Professor of Philosophy, University of Warwick, and Academic Director of the Centre for the Study of Religion in Public Life, Kellogg College, Oxford, shows in his book "Equality, Freedom, and Religion" how freedom of religion is often trumped by other rights and therefore subject to erosion.

To Recall ECHR (1993): Freedom of Religion Is A Foundation of Democratic Society

January 28, 2012

‘Freedom of thought, conscience and religion is one of the foundations of a ‘democratic society’ within the meaning of the Convention", pronounced the judges of the European Court of Human Rights.

Report France 2010: Vandalism Up 34%, 84% Directed Against Christian Sites

January 25, 2012

French Governmental Services of Classified Information (les Renseignements Généraux) released a report saying that 522 sites have been the target of desecrating acts in 2010. This represents a 34% increase compared to 2009 (389 acts) which had already known a 46% increase compared to 2008 (266 acts). This thus represents a 96% increase in two years. Figures of the year 2010 identify 214 acts of vandalism towards cemeteries, 272 towards chapels, 26 towards war memorials and 10 towards crosses or calvaries.

British Media Company Releases Marginalisation of Christians Report 2007-2011

January 24, 2012

Premier Christian Media, a Christian media company, committed to monitoring the increasing marginalisation of Christianity in British public life, gather evidence through consultations, public polling and content from our multi-media platforms. Read the key findings of the report here.

UN Report Deplores Rise in Intolerance against Religions

December 19, 2011

United Nations High Commissionar on Human Rights presents a report of the Secretary General - "Combating intolerance, negative stereotyping, stigmatization, discrimination, incitement to violence and violence against persons, based on religion or belief"

Study Reveals Growing Trend of Marginalisation of Christians in the UK

November 29, 2011

Christians in the UK feel more side-lined than ever. 74% of respondents of a ComRes study say: „There is more negative discrimination against Christians than people of other faiths.“ In November 2009, „only“ 66% said so. More than 60% feel that the marginalisation of Christians is increasing in the government (66%, which compares to 59% in November 2010), in the workplace (61%), and in the public (68%). 71% of the responsdents perceive an increase in the marginalisation of Christians in the media.

Scottish Government Reveals: 95% of Religiously Motivated Violence is Directed Against Christians

November 18, 2011

In 2010 and 2011 693 charges aggravated by religious prejudice were reported in Scottland. This is a nearly 10 per cent increase in one year and the highest level in four years. 95% of this violence was directed against Christians.

Christianity Marginalised in the Media, Concludes Poll

October 20, 2011

In 2008, 88% of Christians surveyed thought that certain parts of the media had a secular agenda that ignores Christian concerns. This view has not changed 3 years on.

Medical Defence Union Guidance: Prayer with Patients OK if Tactful

October 6, 2011

Following a number of warnings given to people working in the medical profession after they'd offered prayer to their patients, the Medical Defence Union, backed by the General Medical Council, issued a guidance earlier this year saying that GPs can pray with patients, as long as it's 'tactful'.

Observatory Intervenes in Favor of Freedom of Religion at Strasbourg Court Cases

September 12, 2011

The Observatory on Intolerance and Discrimination against Christians was granted leave to intervene as a third party in the European Court of Human Rights' pending freedom of religion cases Chaplin and Eweida.

OSCE High-Level Meeting on Preventing and Responding to Hate Incidents and Crimes against Christians

September 12, 2011

The one-day OSCE high level meeting took place in Rome on September 12th, 2011. OSCE’s reason: „Recent attacks on Christian communities have highlighted the necessity to address the problem of intolerance against Christians with a specific focus on hate crimes.“

Rights Commission Retracts Statement in Protection of Christians Due to Political Pressure

August 31, 2011

In 2011, Christians have felt an increasing bias against them in relation to ‘Gay’ lobby groups. In August 2011 the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) publicly stated that Christians were experiencing more discrimination than other religious groups in the work place and that, where possible, the concept of reasonable accommodation should be considered. However the EHRC retracted this statement as a result of Angela Mason’s (formerly of Stonewall) intervention.

Rising Restrictions on Religion

August 9, 2011

One-third of the world's population experiences an increase The Pew Research Center (Washington DC) released an report on „Rising Restrictions on Religion“ in August 2011. It states: „Europe had the largest proportion of countries in which social hostilities related to religion were on the rise from mid-2006 to mid-2009. Indeed, five of the 10 countries in the world that had a substantial increase in social hostilities were in Europe: Bulgaria, Denmark, Russia, Sweden and the United Kingdom. The study also finds that social hostilities involving religion have been rising in Asia, particularly in China, Thailand and Vietnam.“ Link:

Survey Shows BBC as an Anti-Christian Broadcaster

July 29, 2011

The survey, conducted by the Corporation itself in July 2011 was based on a poll of 4,500 people includind BBC staff. Results show that the broadcaster is regarded as anti-Christian and misrepresenting Christianity.

OSCE Parliamentary Assembly Urges States to Combat Intolerance and Discrimination Against Christians in the West

July 11, 2011

The parliamentary assembly of the OSCE recommends that a "public debate on intolerance and discrimination against Christians be initiated and that the right of Christians to participate fully in public life be ensured" (12); that, "in view of discrimination and intolerance against Christians, that legislation in the participating States, including labour law, equality law, laws on freedom of expression and assembly, and laws related to religious communities and right of conscientious objection be assessed" (13); and "encourages the media not to spread prejudices against Christians and to combat negative stereotyping" (15); and "encourages Christian churches to continue their participation in public life contributing to the defence of the dignity of all human beings and to freedom and social cohesion" (16).

Observatory Submits Paper on Demands of Freedom of Religion to EU

June 19, 2011

The Observatory contributes a written submission to "Religare", a three-year European research project funded by the European Commission. This submission maps out the way to a Europe that is conscious of its heritage and has respect for fundamental rights, without disregarding today’s plurality of religion and belief.

Russian Orthodox Decry Anti-Christian Discrimination

June 10, 2011

A recent document from the Russian Orthodox patriarchate, reported by L'Osservatore Romano, notes the "profound concern" of its synod at the increase of Christianophobia in the world.

European Court to Rule on Christian Discrimination Cases

June 6, 2011

In a significant legal development, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has requested that the British Government state whether they believe that the rights of Christians have been infringed in recent cases where individuals have been penalised for expressing their faith in the workplace.

Majority of Christians Deplores Negative Stereotyping in the Media

June 1, 2011

The media plays an important role in shaping public attitudes towards Christianity. ComRes research reveals the majority of Christians believe current representations of Christians and Christianity in the media is often negative or misleading. According to a BBC survey conducted in 2011, respondents of its own survey said representations of Christians were often ‘derogatory and in some instances, anti-Christian.’

Cross-Party Support for Decriminalizing "Insulting" Speech in Britain

May 30, 2011

There is cross-party support in the UK for a change in the law that would remove a single word from the Public Order Act 1986 that has allowed Christians to be arrested when they offend the sensibilities of homosexual activists. The amendment proposes to remove the word "insulting".

EU-Commission Apologises for Forgetting Easter and Christmas in School Diary

May 2, 2011

The European Ombudsman, P. Nikiforos Diamandouros, has closed a case after the European Commission apologised for omitting Christian holidays in a school diary it had published for 2010/2011. This follows a complaint from an Irish priest who submitted that the diary did not mention Easter and Christmas, although it contained certain non-Christian holidays, such as the Jewish and Islamic New Years.

Fundamental Rights - or Fundamental Confusion?

April 14, 2011

Read here a report of the Observatory's director about the striking discussion at the presentation of the Five-Year-Report on Intolerance against Christians in Europe at Fundamental Rights Platform of Fundamental Rights Agency.

BBC Creates Negative Stereotypes Against Christianity

March 31, 2011

The Christian Institute (CI) has published quotations of journalists and media professionals regarding the BBC anti-Christian policy in the UK.

European Parliament Seminar on Intolerance and Discrimination against Christians in Europe Organized by European People's Party

March 16, 2011

European Parliament seminar held on March 16th in Brussels concludes: Intolerance and discrimination against Christians exists also in the EU.

Ecumenical Church Leaders Meeting Concludes That Combating "Christianophobia" Is Common Task

March 15, 2011

Russian Orthodox Archbishop Metropolit Hilarion met with Roman Catholic Cardinal Kurt Koch to discuss cooperation between the two Churches. They mentioned the combat against "Christianophobia" in Europe and other regions of the world as a common key issue.

Council of the EU Condemns Religious Intolerance But Falls Short of What Was Necessary

February 21, 2011

The Council of the European Union condemned religious intolerance on Feb 21st by saying: „ The Council expresses its profound concern about the increasing number of acts of religious intolerance and discrimination, as epitomised by recent violence and acts of terrorism, in various countries, against Christians and their places of worship, Muslim pilgrims and other religious communities, which it firmly condemns. Regrettably, no part of the world is exempt from the scourge of religious intolerance.“

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe adopted a Recommendation in 17 points on "Violence against Christians in the Middle East“ on January 27, 2011.

January 27, 2011

The recommendation mentions the incident in Cyprus on December 25th, 2010: "[T]he Assembly calls on Turkey to clarify fully the circumstances surrounding the interruption of the celebration of Christmas Mass in the villages of Rizokarpaso and Ayia Triada in the northern part of Cyprus on 25 December 2010 and to bring to justice those responsible.“

Council of Europe Speaks Up In Favor of Freedom of Religion

January 20, 2011

“As recent tragic events have shown, individuals of all religious confessions are increasingly victims of discrimination and aggression – sometimes at the cost of their lives – only because of their religious beliefs. We, the 47 member states of the Council of Europe, strongly condemn such acts and all forms of incitement to religious hatred and violence. Freedom of thought, conscience and religion is an inalienable right enshrined in the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights and guaranteed by Article 18 of the 1966 International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and by Article 9 of the European Convention on Human Rights, of which the Council of Europe is the custodian. There can be no democratic society based on mutual understanding and tolerance without respect for freedom of thought, conscience and religion. Its enjoyment is an essential precondition for living together.”

European Parliament Condemns Attacks Against Christians in Third Countries

January 20, 2011

It notes that respect for human right and civil liberties, "including freedom of religion or belief, are fundamental principles and aims of the European Union and constitute a common ground in its relations with third countries." In this regard, the resolution urged European officials to "pay increased attention to the subject of freedom of religion or belief and to the situation of religious communities, including Christians, in agreements and cooperation with third countries as well as in human rights reports."

Church of England Report Emphases to Counter Anti-Christian Attempts

January 12, 2011

Church of England seeks "to be explicit about the need to counter attempts to marginalise Christianity and to treat religious faith more generally as a social problem."

Over 80% Favor Freedom of Religion in the Workplace, and for Symbols, in the UK

January 3, 2011

An overwhelming majority of the British public agree that the exercising of freedom of thought, conscience and religion is important, not only to the British identity, but in key areas of public life, i.e. the workplace. The two cases of Shirley Chaplain and Nadia Eweida were widely supported by the general public in regards to exercising these freedoms.

Pope Benedict XVI: Relativism Is Not The Key For Peaceful Coexistence

January 1, 2011

"Religious freedom should be understood, then, not merely as immunity from coercion, but even more fundamentally as an ability to order one’s own choices in accordance with truth. […] A freedom which is hostile or indifferent to God becomes self-negating and does not guarantee full respect for others. A will which believes itself radically incapable of seeking truth and goodness has no objective reasons or motives for acting save those imposed by its fleeting and contingent interests; it does not have an ‘identity’ to safeguard and build up through truly free and conscious decisions. As a result, it cannot demand respect from other ‘wills’, which are themselves detached from their own deepest being and thus capable of imposing other ‘reasons’ or, for that matter, no ‘reason’ at all. The illusion that moral relativism provides the key for peaceful coexistence is actually the origin of divisions and the denial of the dignity of human beings."

Recent Opinion Poll: Christians should be free to act on their beliefs

December 17, 2010

The vast majority of British adults support the general principle that Christians should be free to manifest their faith and exercise their conscience in the workplace without fear of punishment. Very often in the national debate we hear a lot from a small minority, with extreme views, that would like to see the Christian fabric of our nation destroyed. This poll suggests that their voice is not representative of the vast majority of the British public.

Press Release: OSCE Summit places Human Dignity and Religious Freedom at the Heart of Global Security

December 7, 2010

NGOs call for mindfulness with regard to intolerance and discrimination against Christians also in Europe. Read details and quotes in this press release.

US State Department Mentions Problems of Christians in the UK

November 17, 2010

In its 2010 Report on International Religious Freedom, the US state department cites a number of cases of intolerance against Christians in the United Kingdom.

Statement of Observatory at OSCE Review Conference Warsaw, 30. September - 8. October 2010

October 7, 2010

Our key recommendations for the OSCE Summit in Kazakhstan in December 2010, based upon documentation of current discrimination of Christians in Europe:

Statement of the Observatory at the OSCE Review Conference in Warsaw, on "Tolerance and Non-Discrimination"

October 6, 2010

"This is an intervention, presented by Barbara Vittucci, on behalf of the Observatory on Intolerance and Discrimination against Christians, an organization that monitors and documents such cases in Europe ( Increasingly Christians report to us that they are being discriminated against or treated in an intolerant manner or that they become victims of hate crimes, East and West of Vienna..."

Statement of the Observatory at the OSCE Review Conference 2010 on "Fundamental Freedoms, including Freedom of Thought, Conscience, Religion or Belief"

October 1, 2010

"In the context of working with individuals and the related social issues regarding growing occurrences of discrimination against Christians, we also observe legislative developments. What seems to be advancement in one area of Human Rights sometimes can backfire in another. We have identified four problematic areas with regard to freedom of religion, when looking at the rights of Christians..."

40% of General Public Expects Bias Against Christians on Increase in the Next Five Years

May 27, 2010

The general public think a strong bias exists against Christians in British public life and that this is set to increase in the future. According to a ComRes poll, commissioned by Premier Christian Media in May 2010, across all four areas of public life (in public, in the media, in the Government and in the workplace) on average, approximately a third of respondents thought the marginalisation of Christians in public life is increasing.

12% of Polled UK Christians Say They Personally Experienced Marginalisation

April 30, 2010

The majority of Christians had not directly experienced victimisation, finds Premier Christian Media's polling. 12% of the "Freedom of the Cross" respondents had directly experienced it. In fact, the majority of respondents had either known of a close contact (a friend or a family member) that had been marginalised.

81% of Respondents in Favor of Right to Wear Cross at Work

April 25, 2010

Both Christians and non-Christians believe religious freedom constitutes an important part of the British identity; consequently the majority of the British public believe people should have the right to wear religious symbols in the workplace if they wish to. In fact, 4 out of 5 respondents (81%), in a public opinion poll conducted in April 2010, agreed that “people have a right to wear and show a cross at work if they want to, whatever their job.”

Report France 2009: Vandalism Against Churches, Cemeteries and Chapels On Dramatic Increase

January 25, 2010

French Governmental Services of Classified Information (les Renseignements Généraux) and the Police Department released that the number of vandalism acts towards Christian places of worship amount to 389, an increase of 40% compared to the 2008 figures.

UK Report Published on Marginalisation of Christians

December 1, 2009

66% of Christians Feel Negative Bias

November 30, 2009

A significant number of Christians perceive a strong bias exists against Christians, in favour of other groups i.e. other religions and those of a different sexual orientation. This bias occurs in all areas of public life including Government, the media and in the Courts’ application/ interpretation of equalities and anti-discrimination legislation. For example, in a C-Panel poll, conducted in November 2009, two thirds of Christians (66%) believed there was more negative discrimination against Christians than people of other faiths.

20,000 UK Christians Sign Petition in Favor of Free Speech

July 9, 2009

"Protect freedom of speech by abandoning its opposition to the free speech protection clause currently within the sexual orientation hatred offence which preserves the right to, discuss, criticise and urge to refrain from certain forms of sexual conduct or practices.”

The outcome document of the Durban Review Conference held in Geneva from April 20th to 24th of 2009, recognizes the phenomenon of Christianophobia:

April 24, 2009