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Ed Brown: IPPFoRB’s “Cons...

Politicization of FoRB for Better or Worse Recently I had the opportunity to participate in a conference hosted by the Norwegian Centre for Human Rights and the Oslos Coalition on Freedom of Religion or Belief (http://www.jus.uio.no/smr/english/about/programmes/oslocoalition/events/politicisation–forb2.html). The purpose of the conference was to analyze different approaches to the context, scope and content of FoRB as […]

Jonas Adelin Jørgensen: Har udenrigsm...

Jonas Adelin Jørgensen: Har udenrigsministeren glemt kampen for religionsfrihed?

View original article here Det er afgørende, at Kristian Jensen, når han besøger Vietnam, fremmer synspunkterne på tros- og religionsfrihed, samtidig med at han taler om virksomheders samarbejde og dansk eksport, skriver generalsekretær i Dansk Missionsråd. Men er det mon sket? I dag er international tros- og religionsfrihedsdag. I sit regeringsgrundlag har den danske regering […]

Jackie Wolcott & Sandra Jolley: ...

The contrast was poignant and powerful. As we sat in September with a global gathering of parliamentarians in the majestic Bundestag in Berlin, we recalled how more than 80 years ago, Germany’s chancellor had extinguished freedom and begun sowing the seeds for the Holocaust. On that same September day, we watched German Chancellor Angela Merkel […]

Ján Figeľ: Century of Genocides: End ...

The annual International Day of Religious Freedom on October 27 is a reminder that freedom of religion or belief (FoRB) is neither a self-evident reality, nor a broadly winning international trend. Quite the opposite is the case, since the actual tendency is negative. This essential, universal human value is currently seriously restricted or attacked in […]

Narend Singh, MP: Is it possible that...

Opinion piece by the Hon. Narend Singh, MP, Parliamentary Chief Whip of the Inkatha Freedom Party Is it possible that we in South Africa take our freedom for granted? I couldn’t help asking myself this unthinkable question as I sat in plenary sessions of the 2016 International Parliamentarians’ Conference on Freedom of Religion or Belief. […]

Narend Singh, MP: International Relig...

International Religious Freedom Day is observed today, the 27th of October, throughout the world. It behooves us as parliamentarians to promote and protect this fundamental human right which is a core value across all nations and is the birthright of every individual as enshrined in Article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. In […]

David Anderson, MP: Marking Internati...

Every day, Canadians are inundated with international news that speaks of unimaginable atrocities committed against people just because of their faith.  This involved all MPs last week when Conservatives called for the House to recognize the genocide that the Yazidi religious minority, and particularly women and girls, are facing at the hands of ISIS.  These […]

Viktor Yelensky, MP: Fostering Religi...

Viktor Yelensky is a parliamentary member of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine and the head of its Subcommittee for Freedom of Conscience. He also serves as the current president of the Ukrainian Association for Religious Liberty. Previously, Yelensky worked as a researcher at the Institute of Sociology and Philosophy and as an editor for the […]

Chancellor Angela Merkel: Keynote Spe...

Rede von Bundeskanzlerin Merkel bei der Internationalen Parlamentarierkonferenz zur Religionsfreiheit am Mittwoch, den 14. September 2016 Lieber Volker Kauder, sehr geehrte Baronesse Berridge, sehr geehrter Herr Raja, Herr Botschafter Nӕss, lieber Hans-Gert Pöttering, liebe Kolleginnen und Kollegen aus den Parlamenten, meine Damen und Herren, bei drängenden politischen Fragen ist es das eine, zu kritisieren, was […]

José Ramos-Horta: Keynote Speech

José Ramos-Horta: Keynote Speech

José Ramos Horta is a Nobel Peace Prize Laureate (1996); President of Timor-Leste (2007-2012); Prime Minister (2006-2007); Senior Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs (2001-2006); Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General and Head of the UN Integrated Peace-building Mission in Guinea-Bissau (2013-2014);  Chair, High Level Independent Panel On UN Peace Operations (2014-2015); Co-Chair, Independent Commission […]