International Panel of Parliamentarians for Freedom of Religion or Belief

About IPPFoRB

PDF: An Introduction to the 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.

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, the IPPFoRB seeks to advance this fundamental freedom for everyone everywhere.

The IPPFoRB is centered around the Oslo Charter for Freedom of Religion or Belief.  The Oslo Charter was signed in November 2014 by over 30 parliamentarians from around the world at the Nobel Peace Center in Oslo, Norway.

All participating parliamentarians are committed to accomplishing shared goals of advancing freedom of religion or belief, as outlined below in the Oslo Charter:

  • Promote freedom of religion or belief for all persons through their work and respective institutions;
  • Enhance global cooperation by endeavoring to work across geographical, political, and religious lines; and
  • Undertake efforts to jointly promote freedom of religion or belief, share information, and mobilize effective responses.

The Oslo Charter guides the work of parliamentarians joining the IPPFoRB and commits them to action.  Towards this goal, the IPPFoRB:

  • Responds to cases where religious freedom is threated. To date the IPP has written several letters to heads of state to raise concerns about religious freedom issues – Burma, Pakistan, and North Korea.
  • Encourages the formational of national groupings of parliamentarians committed to combatting religious persecution and advancing freedom of religion or belief. To date the IPP has assisted the efforts of parliamentarians in Brazil.
  • Supports parliamentarians around the world who stand up for religious freedom often at significant personal risk to themselves. The IPPFoRB’s website provides a secure space for parliamentarians to seek support and advice in the area of religious freedom.

There is no formal membership, but the IPPFoRB welcomes parliamentarians from around the world committed to combatting religious persecution and advancing freedom of religion or belief for all, as defined by UDHR Article.  The IPPFoRB is committed to regional, political, and religious diversity.

There is no official IPPFoRB office.  Parliamentarians participate as individuals not representing their parliament or government.  Meetings occur on an ad hoc basis, subject to funding.  The IPP is led by an informal steering committee and a volunteer secretariat of advisors.

If you have any questions regarding the IPPFoRB – its work and how you can support it – then please email its Secretariat at: contact@ippforb.com

Leadership

The International Panel of Parliamentarians for Freedom of Religion or Belief is led by an informal steering committee and a volunteer secretariat. There is no formal membership, but the network includes parliamentarians from around the world committed to combatting religious persecution and advancing freedom of religion or belief for all, as defined by Article 18 of the UN Universal Declaration for Human Rights.

IPPFoRB Steering Committee

David Anderson
David AndersonCanadian House of Commons
Elizabeth Berridge
Elizabeth BerridgeBritish House of Lords
Leonardo Quintao
Leonardo QuintaoNational Congress of Brazil
Abid Raja
Abid RajaNorwegian Parliament - Storting

IPPFoRB Secretariat

A volunteer secretariat helps manage IPPFoRB activities and works with parliamentarians on issues of concern.

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