International Panel of Parliamentarians for Freedom of Religion or Belief

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Parliamentarians speak out against re...

BANGKOK, THAILAND – Some 30 lawmakers and civil society representatives from the ASEAN member states came together in Bangkok, 6th-7th of October, to discuss new tactics for Freedom of Religion or Belief in Southeast Asia.  The 2 day workshop was organised by the International Panel of Parliamentarians for Freedom of Religion or Belief and the ASEAN Parliamentarians for […]

NEW REPORTS: Freedom of Religion or B...

REPORTS Religious freedom appears to be regressing in Southeast Asia, shows new reports by IPPFoRB and Asia Centre. BANGKOK, THAILAND – Looking at all the ASEAN countries, new research shows that religious freedom appears to be regressing in Southeast Asia.  Serious challenges have arisen in recent years across the region, such as in Brunei, Indonesia and Malaysia, according […]

Kasthuri Patto: Malaysia should prote...

How does the government intend to be a member of the United Nations Human Rights Council in 2018 when it behaves like an accessory in repressing religious freedom and women’s rights? Kasthuri Patto Member of Parliament for Batu Kawan asks.   Last week, I represented Malaysia and the Democratic Action Party at a conference organised […]

IPPFoRB Steering Group condemns appal...

STATEMENT 11 September, 2017 Ottawa, Canada – As the IPPFoRB Steering Group – comprised of parliamentarians from Canada, the United Kingdom, Brazil and Norway – we unequivocally condemn the appalling violence faced by civilian populations, including the Rohingya Muslim minority, in Myanmar’s (Burma) Rakhine State. We call on all parties responsible for the recent violence […]

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 […]