(MENAFN) On Wednesday, the European Union (EU) sent an appeal for its members to safeguard the liberty of thought, conscience, and religion since it was their responsibility.
EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini emphasized that "persecution as a response to religious belief or affiliation, or lack thereof, is a violation of international law and requires joint work to combat it."
According to the foreign policy chief, the EU is committed to the encouragement and shielding of religious freedom.
Chief Mogherini "EU legislation obliges Member States to penalize the intentional public incitement to violence or hatred directed against a group of persons or a member of such a group defined by reference to, among others, religion or belief."
"Marginalization and scapegoating of persons belonging to religious minorities can be an early warning sign of more severe persecution, as well as a wider crackdown on the whole society," Mogherini added.