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"Mr President, this report throws a spotlight on an array of fundamental rights abuses: violence against women and girls; female genital mutilation; violations of the freedoms of speech, press association and religion. Sometimes, however, we think of these abuses as being somewhat foreign or distant. In Northern Ireland on 26th and 27th of this month, the publicly—funded Equality Commission will bring a legal case against Ashers, a Christian—owned family bakery business, for refusing to bake a cake inscribed with a political message supporting same—sex marriage. Such an action, such a challenge to the right to exercise faith is deeply regrettable and a violation of Article 9 of the European Convention on Human Rights. The challenge therefore for legislators is to find, as Lady Hale, Deputy President of the British Supreme Court, has described it, a reasonable accommodation for those who hold strong religious beliefs. We need freedom of conscience and religion, and I am glad that you have referred to it, High Representative. I urge Members of the European Parliament to join with me in saying so."@en1
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