2013 Council of Europe Exchange on the religious dimension of intercultural dialogue: “Freedom of religion in today’s world: challenges and guarantees”

19.08.2013 - In the framework of the Armenian Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, the Exchange on the religious dimension of intercultural dialogue: “Freedom of religion in today’s world: challenges and guarantees”, will take place at the Government Guest House, in Yerevan on 2-3 September 2013. The Republic of Armenia has included the promotion of European values through intercultural dialogue among the main priorities of its Chairmanship (16 May – 13 November 2013) with a view to stepping up action in combating intolerance and promoting freedom of religion.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Armenia and Chairman of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, Edward Nalbandian, will open the 2013 Exchange with His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians.

High-level religious leaders of different communities, representatives of non-religious convictions, human rights experts and media specialists will share their views around three panels and plenary sessions. (more...)

Panel’s themes:

Panel I
“Freedom of religion, conscience and thought as a fundamental right in contemporary societies”

Panel II
“Protection of persons belonging to religious minorities, believers and non-believers and their contribution to the fight against intolerance, discrimination and hate speech with regard to freedom of religion”

Panel III
“Avenues for future action within and beyond Europe: youth education and awareness-raising on religion and beliefs, dialogue and co-operation among and with religious and non-religious representatives”