International Panel of Parliamentarians for Freedom of Religion or Belief

Invitation to Parliamentarians: International Consultation

Multinational Efforts to Strengthen Freedom of Religion or Belief

Joint Action for the Common Good

New York, Thursday 17th – Saturday 19th September 2015

The International Panel of Parliamentarians for Freedom of Religion or Belief (IPPFoRB) and the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, with  the support of St Mary’s University, Twickenham, take great pleasure in inviting parliamentarians to an international consultation, Multinational Efforts to Strengthen Freedom of Religion or Belief, to be held in New York, USA on Thursday 17th to Saturday 19th September 2015. The meeting will gather parliamentarians, diplomats, and religious leaders who are committed to supporting international standards of freedom of religion or belief, as defined by Article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

International commitments under Article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights are clear that freedom of religion or belief is a fundamental right to be enjoyed by all. Yet these rights are increasingly violated around the world with devastating human consequences. This consultation, organised in the margins of the UN General Assembly, will provide a platform for key stakeholders to identify ways to increase their international cooperation in defence of this basic human right. We would be delighted if you would join this effort.

The consultation will start with a reception at the German Mission to the United Nations on the evening of Thursday 17th September to which you are invited. The main public event will take place on Friday 18th September with a range of interactive discussions. There will then be time reserved for parliamentarians to meet in closed sessions that afternoon and on the morning of Saturday 19th September to discuss the particular challenges and opportunities they face in safeguarding the right to freedom of religion or belief for all.

Accommodation for parliamentarians will be provided for the nights of 17 and 18 September. Parliamentarians who require financial assistance with travel should complete the form found by following this link which will be submitted to the Secretariat of the International Panel of Parliamentarians for Freedom of Religion or Belief for review.
*(Please note that registration is now closed due to the fact we are now fully booked for the conference and have a waiting list).

For more information, please contact the IPPFoRB Secretariat at contact@ippforb.com or through our Contact page which can be found here. The Secretariat is very happy to answer any questions you might have regarding the aims and purpose of this consultation.

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We very much hope we will have the opportunity to welcome you to New York City in September.

Yours,

Baroness Elizabeth Berridge of the Vale of Catmose
International Panel of Parliamentarians for Freedom of Religion or Belief

Dr. Hans-Gert Pöttering
President of the European Parliament ret.
Chairman of the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung