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Event, 10/04/2018


EP Conference on "Religious rituals and fundamental rights"


Following the latest developments concerning circumcision and kosher meat processing across Europe, COMECE, together with the European Jewish Community Centre (EJCC) and other partners, co-organises the Conference on “Religious Rituals and Fundamental Rights”.


The event will take place in the European Parliament (Room A5H-1) on April 10th, 2018, from 16h00 to 18h00, and will be hosted by the EPP Group Interreligious and intercultural dialogue.


Participation requires registration at the link





György Hölvényi MEP and Jan Olbrycht MEP, Co-Chairmen of the Working Group on Intercultural Activities and Religious Dialogue

Rabbi Avi Tawil, Director of the European Jewish Community Centre (EJCC)

Thomas Gergely, Professor at ULB and director of the Martin Buber Judaism studies institute

Rev. Olivier Poquillon OP, General Secretary of the Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Union (COMECE)

Dr Elizabeta Kitanovic, Executive Secretary for Human Rights of Conference of European Churches in Brussels. (CEC)

Alex Benjamin, Director of Public Affairs, European Jewish Association (EJA)

Salah Echallaoui, Muslim Executive of Belgium (EMB)

Vincent Depaigne, Coordinator of the Dialogue with Churches, Religions and Philosophical and Non-confessional Organisations. European Commission

Claude Cahn, Human Rights Officer in the Regional Office for Europe of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner (OHCHR)



Download the poster

Download the programme

Read COMECE Former President's statement on criminalisation of circumcision 

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