Religious freedom and religious minorities in France

Doc. 9064 rev
26  April  2001 


Written Declaration No. 321

This written declaration commits only the members who have signed it

            Considering that the Parliamentary Assembly Rapporteur of the Council of Europe is currently working on a report and recommendations on “religious freedom and religious minorities in France” (Doc. 8860, 6 October 2000) which is specifically looking into a proposed law that is causing considerable concern because of its potential to create religious discrimination in France.
            Considering that the proposed law is possibly in violation of international and European human rights standards – a matter the rapporteur is looking into.

            Considering that the French Senate has now assigned the law proposition for a debate and vote on 10 May 2001 and this does not give enough time for the rapporteur to complete his report.

            Considering that the French Senate and National Assembly could benefit from the work of the Council of Europe rapporteur in formulating any law proposition, so it is not discriminatory and violating international human rights standards.

            The Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly requests the French Senate to delay any further debate and to only vote on the law proposition after the Council of Europe rapporteur has submitted his report to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe.

Signed  [1] :

Patarkalishvili, Georgia, EPP/CD

Akgönenç, Turkey, EDG

Andreoli, San Marino, SOC

Bársony, Hungary, SOC

Begaj, Albania, SOC

Belohorská, Slovakia, EDG

Biga-Friganovi?, Croatia, SOC

Billing, Sweden, EDG

Björnemalm, Sweden, SOC

Blaauw, Netherlands, LDR

Brînzan, Romania, SOC

Büchel, Liechtenstein, EPP/CD

Calner, Sweden, SOC

Chapman, United Kingdom, EDG

Dees, Netherlands, LDR

Dmitrijevas, Lithuania, NR

Duka-Zólyomi, Slovakia, EPP/CD

Eversdijk, Netherlands, EPP/CD

Frimannsdóttir, Iceland, SOC

Gjellerod, Denmark, SOC

Hajiyeva, Azerbaijan,EPP/CD

Haupert, Luxembourg, EPP/CD

Herczog, Hungary, SOC

Higgins, Ireland, SOC

Holovaty, Ukraine, LDR

Huseynov R., Azerbaijan, EPP/CD

Jaskiernia, Poland, SOC

Judd, United Kingdom, SOC

Juri, Slovenia, SOC

Kirkhill, United Kingdom, SOC

Lörcher, Germany, SOC

Lotz, Hungary, LDR

Podobnik, Slovenia, EPP/CD

Položhani, “the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia”, EDG

Ponsonby, United Kingdom, SOC

Popovski, “the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia”, SOC

Poptodorova, Bulgaria, SOC

Reimann, Switzerland, LDR

Rise, Norway, EPP/CD

Shishlov, Russia, LDR

Simonsen, Norway, NR

Št?pová, Czech Republic, SOC

Szinyei, Hungary, EPP/CD

Tevdoradze, Georgia, EDG

Van’t Riet, Netherlands, LDR

Vis, United Kingdom, SOC

Wurm, Austria, SOC

Yañez-Barnuevo, Spain, SOC

Zvarych, Ukraine, EDG

Zwerver, Netherlands, SOC


Total =  50


1             SOC: Socialist Group

p;              EPP/CD: Group of the European People’s Party

p;              EDG:European Democratic Group

LDR : Liberal, Democratic and Reformers’ Group

p;              UEL : Group of the Unified European Left

p;              NR : Not registered in a group