Posts by IPPFoRB

Opinion: An opportunity for a fresh s...

By: David Anderson, Member of Parliament, Canada, and Chair of the IPPFoRB Steering Group There is much anticipation in Nepal as the nation awaits the results of its recent historic parliamentary and provincial elections—the first under its new constitution. This is also a significant time for Nepal on the international stage, as it begins its mandate […]

Freedom of Religion or Belief: A Litm...

MUNICH: The Munich Security Conference side event, A Neglected Dimension of Security Policy? The Struggle for Freedom of Religion or Belief in the Middle East and Northern Africa, convened by Hanns Seidel Foundation in collaboration with the International Panel of Parliamentarians for Freedom of Religion or Belief (IPPFoRB), brought together religious and political leaders who addressed freedom […]

Cheryllyn Dudley: Trust and Hope for ...

  We empower each other to fulfill our individual and collective purpose as the best “us” that we can be. This builds trust and generates hope for a shared future, writes MP Cheryllyn Dudley.   What a privilege it has been for me to meet once again with IPPForb colleagues – this time in New York. […]

Eva Sundari: How Indonesia’s model of...

Indonesia’s founding ideology, of a state that enshrines both religion and religious tolerance, can be a model for Asean amid the rising conflict that is threatening stability in Southeast Asia, says Eva Kusuma Sundari. Religious extremism is on the rise worldwide. The issue constitutes a serious threat to the stability and identity of nations around the […]

Opinion: Religious Freedom in Nepal –...

  By: Lokmani Dhakal, Member of Parliament, Nepal, and Chair of IPPFoRB Nepal Chapter David Anderson, Member of Parliament, Canada, and Chair of the IPPFoRB Steering Group Nepal is a country known throughout the world for its spectacular geography. It is home to eight of the world’s ten tallest mountains and perhaps most famously, to […]

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 […]