30 January 2020 The National Assembly delegation at the gathering on the new Law on Freedom of Religion in Montenegro
Thursday, 30 January 2020
Serbian Delegation to PACE on Montenegrin Law on Religious Freedom
The delegation of the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe took part in the gathering on the new Law on Freedom of Religion in Montenegro organized by European Centre for Law and Justice NGO with headquarters in Strasbourg.
In the course of the gathering, attended by representatives of the Montenegrin Parliament among others, the participants stressed that the Law is groundless and contrary to the very tenets of the Montenegrin Constitution, as well as the European Convention on Human Rights and recommendations of the Venice Commission. The objective of the Law is directly levelled toward appropriating the property of the Serbian Orthodox Church and threatening the rights of the Serbian religious community.
Biljana Pantic Pilja and Aleksandar Seselj listed the many flaws of the Law both from the legal and political aspect and that of negative social implications. They urged the institutions of the Council of Europe to react to the anti-European spirit of the Law. Representatives of the UK, the Netherlands and the European religious community which the Serbian Orthodox Church is member of, joined the discussion.
Finally, it was concluded that the Law is not comparable with any of the laws in the EU acquis, so much so that it does not even respect the fundamental and elementary norms and standards of religious legislation.
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