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Proposal for Skopje Spring Congress 2020 03 - 05 April 2020

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Submitted at Tuesday, 18. February 2020 um 11:19 Uhr, in category "Chapter 2 – Justice and citizens right" with No. 208. Author/s: "LYMEC Bureau, Radikal Ungdom, Joventut Nacionalista de Catalunya, JUNOS, YMRF, JOVD, Jóvenes Ciudadanos (resolutions drafted by the policy renewal working group)..

The Skopje Spring Congress 2020 may decide:

Freedom of belief

This resolution archives Resolution 2.23 on “The Liberal-Democrat Attitude Towards Religion” adopted in Sinaia, Romania in March 2002, Resolution 2.25 on “Stop the Islamophobia and Respect Religious Diversity” adopted in Sinaia, Romania in April 2010, Resolution 2.26 on “True Religious Freedom in the EU” adopted in Sofia, Bulgaria in October 2012 and Resolution 2.43 on “Blasphemy is a right, freedom is not a crime!” adopted in Rotterdam, The Netherlands in May 2015

Religion, Modernization of Society, Rejection of Anti-Liberal Policies

For consideration on the annual Congress of the European Liberal Youth (LYMEC) in Skopje, North Macedonia on 3-5 April 2020


- the increase in discrimination on the grounds of religion and a rise of islamophobia in Europe[4]

- the legislation passed throughout the European Union on stripping down the right of individuals to wear religious symbols[5]

Believing that:

- All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and possess rights, regardless of their race, colour, sex, language, religion, opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status;[6].

- The freedom to choose one’s religion and beliefs is a fundamental human right and the right to carry religious symbols is part of this freedom[7]

- Religious freedom is a cornerstone of Liberalism and was a constitutive element of the Enlightenment movement that gave birth to our modern, democratic, pluralistic and secularized societies;[8]

- No European citizen should be discriminated through prohibitions in the labour market , educational system or in any other way hindered from fully participating in society due to religious reasons;[9]

- the state should be secular and individuals must have the freedom of expression and religious freedom as long as it is not harmful against others[10];

- respect of freedom of thought and religious diversity is a core liberal value, as well as freedom of expression[11];

- criticizing religions, and even using satire towards them, cannot be forbidden in a Liberal society, and that such criticism may never incite violence[12].

- freedom of conscience and freedom of expression are not manifestations of Western culture, but universal aspirations to freedom of all rational beings and rejects any return of blasphemy laws under the false premises of cultural relativism[13];

- there cannot be successful coexistence in without mutual understanding between religious believers of any confession, as well as between atheists and agnostics[14];

- scapegoating by targeting one specific religion is a highly unacceptable as all religions in Europe should have the same standing before the law[15].

LYMEC calls for:

- countries to respect the religious diversity and be truly secular, therefore refraining from imposing obligatory lessons of religion or religious taxes[16];

- governments and the EU to refrain from institutional display of religious symbols in public schools and universities, while recognising the right of any individual to display their private religious affiliation[17];

- fighting religious intolerance and all religious extremism, regardless of their nature and origins[18]

- The EU Member states and the institutions to respect the religious freedom of the individual and remove the bans on displaying certain religious symbols[19];

- Member states to regard the subject of religion in education as a historical, and cultural phenomenon, free of any preaching, in order to create mutual understanding[20];

- Member states to guarantee freedom of speech in Europe, by removing legal restrictions on religious grounds or otherwise, including but not limited to blasphemy and lese-majesty laws[21];

- Appeals to European institutions to cease giving a privileged position to certain religious groups and integrate representatives from non-religious international organizations in social dialogue[22].

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