7.-10. Juli 2020, Online
Challenges for Human Rights in the time of COVID -19
2020 marks a unique point in the history of Christianity in Europe, and indeed the entire world. This year Christians in many countries are prevented from gathering in person to commemorate and celebrate in Easter services the crucifixion, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ... The reason is legal measures to slow down the spread of the highly contagious Sars-CoV-19 virus and especially for vulnerable groups lethal Covid-19-desease caused by it. The prohibition of Easter celebrations in churches is just one example of far reaching restrictions on the exercise of many human rights and civil liberties world-wide, which are part of an effort to make physical distancing effectively prevent person-to-person infections.
Because there has not been any comparable restriction of religious freedom or many other fundamental rights in modern times, and because these rights are usually seen as the legal backbone of our democracy and the rule of law in Europe the Thematic Group on Human Rights of the Conference of European Churches has closely considered the issues at stake and published a discussion paper. It also recommended to the Conference of European Churches to change the topic of this year’s Summer School on Human Rights to reflect further on them. For the first time in its history, the Summer School will not take place as a physical gathering, but as a series of online seminars.
We cordially invite all interested people from the CEC membership and its partners to participate in either one or more of these webinars.
Please find the programme on the following pages. Registration is via Vanessa Barreto firstname.lastname@example.org