Tuesday 6. October 2015


Seminar on Christians in the Arab World

Wed 9 May in the EU Parliament

unknownOn Wednesday 9 May, the EPP and ECR political Groups of the European Parliament will be co-organising together with COMECE a half-day Seminar on Christians in the Middle East and North Africa which to a certain extent will be a continuation of the 2010 Seminar which dealt specifically with Persecution of Christians.


For this Seminar which will focus on 'Christians in the Arab World: One year after the Arab Spring', we are inviting organisations such as Aid to the Church in NeedOpen Doors International, and Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life to submit their respective reports and analysis.  Furthermore, we are honoured to have witnesses hailing from different parts of the Middle East :


Dr Cornelius Hulsman, Arab-West Report, Egypt

S.E. Mgr Samir Nassar, Archeveque Maronite de Damas Syria

Mgr Pierbattista Pizzaballa, Custody of the Holy Land Jerusalem

Mr. Demianos Kattar, former minister of Financial Affairs of Lebanon


This Seminar will help us to understand the extent of which the “Arab Spring” is meeting the demands for more liberal values such as democracy and human rights.


Download the programme


Available speeches to Download-Check against delivery:


Text of Prof Hulsman (Arab West report) EN

Text of Mr Pelster (Aid to the Church in Need) DE

Text of Mr Grim (Pew forum) EN


Rising restrictions on religions- Presentation by Pew Forum:


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