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Welcome to you Mr. de Greiff and thank you for your report. You plead for victim participation in the design, implementation and monitoring of transitional justice measures, while urging all relevant stakeholders to ensure that those participating victims are adequately protected and benefit from the necessary psychological support. You also call for more capacity building designed to share expertise and empower the victims.
As one of the largest financial contributors to transitional justice worldwide, the EU actively engages with partner countries and international and regional organisations to support transitional justice processes. We agree with your assessment that transitional justice processes need to have the rights and participation of victims at its heart and therefore actively support measures to enhance the security and reintegration of victims.
In your opinion, Mr. de Greiff, how can the international community help countries that are going through transitional justice processes to ensure that participating victims are fully protected and do not become the subject of intimidation, threats and reprisal measures?
Turning to the Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief
The European Union would like to thank Special Rapporteur Shaheed for his report and presentation.
The EU welcomes the attention dedicated in the latest report to the identification of practical guidelines to further contribute to the implementation of the Freedom of religion or belief.
The EU continues to support the protection of the freedom of religion and belief and recognizes the need to address all forms of discrimination based on religion or belief. In this regard, the EU shares the Special Rapporteur’s emphasis on the need to clarify common misconceptions used to justify violations of the right to freedom of religion or belief, for example in the form of restrictions on access to education, employment or family law matters.
Furthermore, the EU also shares the Special Rapporteur’s conclusion that there is a need to undertake a more systematic study of the patterns and causes of intolerance and incitement to violence and discrimination.
We would be interested to hear more about what concrete actions can be undertaken with regard to overcoming obstacles to freedom of religion or belief.
How can the protection and promotion of FoRB lead to more security and what can States and Civil Society Actors do to support this?
Are there any specific examples of best practices in this respect?