International Panel of Parliamentarians for Freedom of Religion or Belief

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 […]

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 […]

Edison Broce Urriola, MP: Myanmar Ref...

As part of the IPPFoRB, I had the opportunity to visit Myanmar and engage in conversations with fellow members of parliament and civil society leaders regarding the status of freedom of religion or belief in the country. This visit was instrumental to show the Burmese government there is a global effort to help adopt democratic […]

Cheryllyn Dudley, MP: Freedom of reli...

As one of 100 parliamentarians from 60 countries who met last week (12-14 Sept 2016) in Berlin for workshops and seminars under the title, “An Embattled Right: Protecting and Promoting Freedom of Religion or Belief, ACDP Member of the South African Parliament, Cheryllyn Dudley said, “I came away from the conference with a very real […]