World Congress of Ethnic Religions Resolution to Ending Discrimination Against Ethnic (pagan) Religion

The delegates to the 10th World Congress of Ethnic Religions June 19-21, 2007 in Jurmala, Latvia hereby affirm

  1. That the ethnic (pagan) religions of Europe existed before the advent of Christianity;
  2. That existing ethnic religions were never eliminated but were practiced by people even while banned under Christian and communist rule;
  3. That ethnic religions continue to face discrimination and persecution within Europe;
  4. That ethnic religions are not getting equal recognition from European governments;
  5. That ethnic religions are not getting equal protection under the laws of various European nations and the European Union;
  6. That the human rights of ethnic religions in Europe have been ignored by most organizations claiming to promote human rights and religious freedom;

And hereby resolve to demand that European governments and human rights groups

a.       Recognize ethnic (pagan) religions on an equal footing with other religions;

b.      End official and unofficial discrimination against ethnic religious groups;

c.       Provide ethnic religions with equal protection under the laws of each country and the European Union, and as provided for by United Nations declarations and conventions.