This is one for your prayers folks.
I don’t have to reiterate just how profound a moral and ethical impact decisions made in Europe have on us all:
Today, we continue our high-level European training with the second round in Strasbourg! After an intense first 4-day conference in Brussels in March, the same 70 selected participants will come together again at the heart of the Strasbourg-based European institutions.
Journalists, political staff and NGO leaders from 28 European countries are being trained for the next three days in advocacy at the Council of Europe – Europe’s largest human rights institution with 47 member states – and in the European Court of Human Rights system. On the agenda are numerous training sessions and case studies of court cases regarding freedom and subsidiarity in Europe, religious freedom, marriage & family, hate speech and bioethics.
The participants will also learn about the interaction between the Council of Europe and the churches with addresses from the Representative of the Russian Orthodox Church and from the Permanent Mission of the Holy See.
The purpose of the European Advocacy Academy is to bring together a network of activists dedicated to the protection of human rights and the promotion of freedom and justice within a framework of human dignity. It will equip them with the skills and knowledge to increase their impact on the activities of the European institutions and national governments, and will enable them to collaborate more effectively across Europe.