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Vatican representative urges OSCE protection for religious minorities, parental rights in education

April 20, 2016

In a statement to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), the Vatican's representative has emphasized the importance of national religious-minority groups, noting that these groups leave "a mark in the history, identity, culture, and social life of our societies and communities."

In his address to the OSCE, Msgr. Janusz Urbanczyk also called for respect for the rights of parents in the education of their children. He observed that these rights "do not imply only the right of parents to choose their children's schools, or the rights to establish and managed alternative educational institutions; it also requires states to ensure that instruction in public schools does not pursue an aim of indoctrination and to ensure that children are not forced to attend lessons that are inconsistent with the convictions of their parents."

 
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