After a fruitful month, Profesionales por la Ética offers you, once again, a selection of relevant worldwide news on the defense of human rights. We hope it is of interest to you. 

FREEDOM OF EDUCATION

  • We had great news on 4th October last regarding freedom of education: the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe approved the Spanish report ‘The right to freedom of choice in education in Europe’. It is of the utmost importance because the right of parents to ensure that the education and teaching their children receive coincides with their own religious and philosophical convictions is currently under threat in a number of western European states. The new Resolution will be an important tool to restate the human right of parents to choose an education for their children in accordance with their personal convictions and beliefs. You can read more about it here.
  • Little by little, the long enduring battle of Spanish parents in the defense of their rights is giving fruit. The new Spanish government had committed themselves, due to resilient social confrontation, to remove the compulsory, indoctrinating subject of Education for Citizenship and substitute it with another subject which would merely consist of become acquainted with national and international institutions and laws. Only last week, a draft of the new educational law was approved at the Council of Ministers and the new law is moving forward in the right direction, amongst other things removing Education for Citizenship. Nevertheless, there is still room for a great deal of improvement in terms of freedom of education and full respect for parental rights. It will be necessary to pay special attention to the new subject on civic and constitutional education, which has been put into practice so far in only one school year, to make sure it is respectful of parents’ rights.

Even so, the new law has a long way to go to come into force across the board. Meanwhile, the situation for Spanish conscientious objectors remains the same: the same indoctrinatory subject, the same text books, the same multimedia recommended at the Ministry website and hundreds of children outside of their classrooms during the EfC lessons with their negative consequences for their academic record and no support from public authorities nor the schools, which try to ignore and conceal this fact. You can read more about it here.

Profesionales por la Ética has published a practical guide to help parents understand the new situation regarding this school subject.

  • Only on 2nd October last, the Spanish EfC was again denounced at the OSCE. Paul Coleman, of Alliance Defending Freedom, spoke during the annual OSCE Human Dimension Implementation Meeting held in Warsaw from 24th September to 5th October on international human rights standards in regard to education and the parental right to choose the moral and religious education of their children. In cooperation with Profesionales por la Ética, he described the specific case of Spain to illustrate how and where this fundamental right is being violated. You can read more about it here

CULTURE OF LIFE

  • Great success of the III International March for Life held on 7th October last in more than 100 cities in Spain. A wonderful day for a demonstration asking the government to remove the old government abortion law and to provide Spain with a Zero Abortion law. Profesionales por la Ética co-organized the March and participated with a speech. You can read more about it here and see the photographs here. Congratulations to Hazte Oir and the more than 300 organizations that supported it!

RELIGIOUS FREEDOM

  • According to the chronicle from the Observatory on Discrimination and Intolerance against Christians in Europe members of the European Parliament from the European People’s Party (EPP Group) and the European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR Group), together with COMECE (commission of bishops’ conferences of the European communities), hosted a half-day Seminar on Discrimination of Christians in Europe on Tuesday, 2nd October, at the European Parliament, Brussels. The seminar concluded that Christians in Europe are being more and more sidelined and marginalised, partly by social hostility and partly by government restrictions. Significant efforts are required to eliminate discriminatory actions against Christians. Freedom of religion has to be ensured not only for minorities, but for Christians as well. Public attention must be raised to issues which are not covered by the media and a permanent dialogue should be established on major issues. In the same manner, cross-party initiatives must also play a stronger role in this process. You can read more about it here.

 WORTH WATCHING

  • Family Watch International, in conjunction with the Foundation for African Culture and Heritage, and a number of other pro life pro family organizations, including Profesionales por la Ética, have launched a new documentary online called Cultural Imperialism: The Sexual Rights Agenda.
    This hard-hitting documentary exposes how the Obama administration in concert with other Western nations and UN agencies is trying to force a sexual rights agenda on families worldwide. You can watch it here: www.StandforFamiliesWorldwide.org