Religious freedom and Islam in Thessaloniki

9713576-major-world-religions--christianity-islam-judaism-buddhism-and-hinduismIn Greece the right of religious tolerance and freedom is guaranteed in Article 13 of the Constitution: "The freedom of religious conscience is inviolable. The enjoyment of civil and political rights does not depend on religious beliefs." Furthermore, all EU residents are free to practise their own religion. This freedom is enshrined in the EU Treaties, the European Convention on human rights and the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights. According to Article 10 of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union (2010/C 83/02), "everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion. This right includes freedom to change religion or belief and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or in private, to manifest religion or belief, in worship, teaching, practice and observance."

Symbiosis works with all the Muslim communities of the Thessaloniki - namely from Macedonia and Thrace, the Middle East, the Balkans, Africa and the Far East - to propose solutions at the local level in cooperation with the local government on the key issues facing Muslims living in the city. On the issue of a cemetery the sponsorship of a site to serve as burial space according to Islam for the Muslims of Thessaloniki. Moreover, the support of the cemetery's safety, dignity and cleanliness. On the subject of a place for worship space is required to build a place of prayer for all Muslims living in the city, and during the preparation the concession smaller spaces (metzit) for the communities.