Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Holy See holding Side Event on Religious Freedom


The permanent observer mission of the Holy See
The permanent observer mission of the Order of Malta
 
  Are holding a parallel event on 
March 13 2015, 13h-15h, 
Palace of Nations, Room XXIII. 
 

Freedom of Expression
Freedom of Religion
Peaceful coexistence?

 
The massacre of Charlie Hebdo, the kidnappings at the kosher market in Paris, the terrorist attack at a cafe in Copenhagen and the ever-present, insidious threats of Isis in the Middle East are just some of the recent, dramatic, thought-provoking events raising the question of freedom of expression and freedom of religion at international level.
As freedom of expression and freedom of religion are increasingly becoming a major concern to the International community, what concrete steps can the United Nations system take to guarantee and promote these human rights?
In the framework of the 28th Session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva, the Permanent Mission of the Holy See together with the Permanent Mission of the Order of Malta organize a side event, to be held on March 13 2015 at the Palais des Nations, to address the following question: how can religious freedom and freedom of expression be conducive to peaceful religious coexistence?
A round-table of distinguished speakers will explore possible solutions, through a careful historical analysis of international and cultural relations and search for practical principles that may be implemented by modern States: How does the political and institutional logic of modern secular states confront that of a state whose legal system revolves around the profession of a specific faith or thought? How can we ensure peaceful coexistence of religious minorities today?
This side event, through a dialogue between religious freedom and freedom of expression in Islamic law and in the Christian tradition of the Catholic Church, calls for an honest dialogue on these difficult questions.