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European Council

March 2015

Valeriu GhiletchiChristians in Europe may be given better protection after a special resolution was passed by the Council of Europe’s parliamentary assembly.

The resolution, called ‘Tackling intolerance and discrimination in Europe with a special focus on Christians’, was brought by Christian Democrat politician Valeriu Ghiletchi, who is also a Baptist pastor from Moldova.

The resolution aims to tackle growing intolerance against Christians, with Christians under increasing pressure in areas of employment and goods and service provision. 

Mr Ghiletchi drew on evidence from recent court cases and employment hearings in the UK. The resolution passed, with a total of 67 votes in favour, two against and fifteen abstentions.

According to Celia Bowring, prayer co-ordinator for Christian charity CARE, this means all 47 Council of Europe member states will be under strong obligation to offer protection to Christians.

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