International Panel of Parliamentarians for Freedom of Religion or Belief


IPPFoRB seeks to advance freedom of religion or belief for everyone everywhere.

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Oslo Charter

IPPFoRB parliamentarians sign the Oslo Charter, which guides their work on religious freedom.

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IPPFoRB Activities

IPPFoRB participants work individually and jointly to promote religious freedom.

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Welcome to IPPFoRB

The International Panel of Parliamentarians for Freedom of Religion or Belief (IPPFoRB) is an informal network of parliamentarians and legislators from around the world committed to combatting religious persecution and advancing freedom of religion or belief, as defined by Article 18 of the UN Universal Declaration for Human Rights.


Attendees at launch of IPPFoRB in Oslo, November 2014.

Article 18 declares, “Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance.”

At a time of rising violations of freedom of religion or belief around the globe, IPPFoRB seeks to advance this fundamental freedom for everyone everywhere.

IPPFoRB is centered around the Oslo Charter for Freedom of Religion or Belief.  All parliamentarians participating in the coalition must agree to the Charter’s principles to advance religious freedom for all, including the right to believe or not, change faith, and share faith with others. In November 2014, the Oslo Charter was signed by over 20 parliamentarians from around the world at the Nobel Peace Center in Oslo, Norway.



“The situation of freedom of religion or belief has dramatically deteriorated in many parts of the world, and countless people suffer harassment, intimidation, discrimination and persecution. One of the silverlinings in these gloomy days is the IPPFORB, which has brought together parliamentarians from all over the world who are committed to using their influence on behalf of religious freedom for all. This new dimension of advocacy is a source of hope, which is so urgently needed today.”

– Dr. Heiner Bielefeldt, former UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief


“Within a very short time, the International Panel of Parliamentarians for Freedom of Religion or Belief has established itself as the central actor for this essential fundamental right. The fact that there is now such a strong network gives strength, courage and confidence.”

– Dr. Angela Merkel, Federal Chancellor of Germany