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Brussels, 20 March 2012 Joint statement by President of the European Council Herman van Rompuy and President of the European Commission José Manuel Barroso

European Council - PRES/12/126   20/03/2012

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EUROPEAN COUNCIL
THE PRESIDENT

EN

Brussels, 20 March 2012

EUCO 53/12

PRESSE 126

PR PCE 45

Joint statement by President of the European Council
Herman van Rompuy
and President of the European Commission
José Manuel Barroso

We strongly condemn recent violent attacks against a number of religious communities in Europe and outside Europe. Any form of persecution and violent acts against religious communities have no place in Europe and, indeed, in the world.

Europe has fought a long and painful battle to achieve freedom of thought, freedom of religion and belief and the respect for the individual. These human and fundamental rights form part of the Charter on fundamental rights which is at the heart of our European values; the EU will continue to foster these rights.


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