Draft Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union

Statement of the LCF Executive Committee

From the introduction:

The Executive Committee of the Leuenberg Church Fellowship, to which 96 Protestant churches in Europe belong on the basis of the Leuenberg Agreement of 1973, dealt with the Draft Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union (Convent 28) at its meeting held in Belfast from 15 to 18 June 2000. From this place where the task of reconciliation in Europe between humans and confessions is of particular significance, we welcome and support expressly the intention of the European Union to strengthen the protection of fundamental rights by means of a charter. Such a charter will contribute to making tangible a common basis of fundamental human rights.

As representatives of the Leuenberg Church Fellowship we would like to comment on Article 14 (freedom of thought, conscience and religion). We are of the opinion that the freedom of religion should be guaranteed not only at an individual but also at a corporate level.

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