In an open letter despatched on May 13, worldwide spiritual freedom consultants urged the European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen to proceed the mandate of the Special Envoy for the promotion of freedom of faith or perception exterior the EU.
“Nobody should be persecuted because of their faith. The role of the Special Envoy for the promotion of religion or belief outside the EU has been vital in standing up for those who are unable to freely practice their faith,” stated Kelsey Zorzi, Director of Advocacy for Global Religious Freedom at ADF International, the faith-based authorized advocacy organisation that co-signed the letter.
The consultants additionally cited the constantly rising variety of assaults on freedom of thought, conscience, and faith worldwide, and referred to as on the EU to take over a number one function in safeguarding these rights.
“With its Special Envoy, the EU has led in the international response, and that leadership is needed now more than ever” the consultants stated.
The assaults might take the type of blasphemy, anti-conversion legal guidelines, extreme restrictions on freedom of expression and the free follow of faith, or bodily assaults on folks focused due to their faith or perception, they added.
Especially throughout the Coronavirus pandemic, the “countless” prisoners of conscience are struggling appalling circumstances, being exceptionally susceptible to the virus, their letter reads.