«At the end of September 1914, I had been gravely injured and I was lying on the ground in misery like my companions. At daybreak, I saw the heavy silhouette of the curate moving around the area. When it came to my turn I said to him in all honesty, 'I am a stranger to your way of worship and I do not share your convinctions'. He replied: 'My child, if you have to appear before the Supreme Judge shortly, know that He will be a judge of love'. This scene is one that I will never forget.»

Rene Cassin Nobel Prize winner and the 4th President of the Honoray Committee of the AIDLR

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Meeting of the AIDLR EU Country Directors

Lisbon, 6th February 2023

The heads of the AIDLR national sections in Europe met in Lisbon, Portugal, on the occasion of the International Conference "Religion and Freedom of Expression" held on 7-8 February and organised by AIDLR.

The session was chaired by AIDLR President Mario Brito and Secretary General Paulo Macedo, and counted with Dr. Ganoune Diop, Secretary-General of IRLA, International Religious Liberty Association and Dr. John Graz, Director of CILRAP, Centre International pour la Liberté Religieuse et les Affaires Publiques, as special speakers.

Directors representing the following countries attended the meeting: Austria, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, Romania, Spain, Switzerland and we were also joined by leaders from Ireland and the United Kingdom.

According to some of the participants, these meetings are good because they help to share the work being done in each territory and to learn first-hand about the challenges of religious freedom in each country. They also create links that give the possibility of working together.