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MZVEZ SR State Secretary František Ružička Speaks on Religious Freedom in Budapest

MZVEZ SR State Secretary František Ružička Speaks on Religious Freedom in Budapest

27.11.2019 | Aktivity štátnych tajomníkov

František Ružička, State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, delivered a speech today (November 27, 2019) at the 2nd International Conference on Christian Persecution, in Budapest. In the panel called “The Change in the Paradigm in Foreign Policy,” he pointed to the incontestability of religious freedom as not only one of the fundamental human rights and part of human dignity but also as a pillar of democratic societies: “Our generation still keeps alive in memory the era of the absence of freedom – and all the more in the context of the 30th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution. With this historic experience and appropriate concern, we approach the topic of religious freedom. Even though the freedom of faith today is globally recognized as a universal moral and strategic value, there is quite often a huge gap between the declared obligations and their respect in practice.” Slovakia has been paying attention to this topic in the framework of the UN Council for Human Rights and its chairmanship in the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe. SlovakAid has been providing practical support to persecuted Christians and other religious groups in crises via humanitarian projects focussing on the improvement of their situation.

 

During his visit to Budapest, the state secretary also held talks with the Advisor to the Hungarian Prime Minister for European Policy Péter Gottfried. The partners discussed the current issues related to bilateral relations and several items on the European agenda, with the emphasis on the issues of climate change, the continuing negotiations on the Multiannual Financial Framework, and