The Politicisation of Freedom of Religion or Belief - for Better or Worse?
In a climate where the regulation of religion is increasingly used as an instrument in political power struggles, the growing politicisation of FoRB as a fundamental human right can have both negative and positive effects.
This conference will discuss both the challenges and possibilities arising from the politicisation of FoRB can be handled in order to strengthen the international legal framework on human rights.
• Heiner Bielefeldt: United Nations interrim Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief (FORB)
• Kishan Manocha: Senior Advisor on Freedom of Religion or Belief at the Organization for Security and Co-operation Europe (OSCE)
• Mark Lattimer: Founder and Director of Minority Rights Group International
• Muhammad Khalid Masud: Presently an ad hoc Judge of the Shariat Appellate Bench, Supreme Court of Pakistan. Former leader of Council of Islamic Ideology in Pakistan and Academic Director of International Institute for the Study of Islam in the Modern World.
Information on participation and registration
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The purpose of the conference is
- to analyse the different approaches to the context, scope and content of FoRB as revealed by a variety of international declarations,
- to examine the international instruments and tools available for the monitoring and protection of FoRB, and
- to discuss how both the challenges and possibilities arising from the politicisation of FoRB can be handled in order to strengthen the international legal framework on human rights.
The programme for the conference can be downloaded here.
The conference will gather national and international professional expertise on the areas spotlighted. The intention is to contribute with recommendations for the international bodies charged with the monitoring of the freedom of religion or belief at the United Nations, in particular the new Special Rapporteur, who will be appointed in June.
A “Principles on Promotion of Freedom and Religion or Belief” will be drafted by a working group in advance of the conference, and will be edited during the conference, in harmony with the contributions to the debate.
More about the background to this event, underlying documents and international experts here.
Forum: 28 October: The Politicisation of Forb (Nobel Peace Centre)
Following the conference, there will be a Forum on Politicisation of Freedom of Religion or Belief at the Nobel Peace Center with the same title, arranged by The Nobel Peace Center, the Council for Religious and Life Stance Communities (STL), and the Oslo Coalition.
The Forum will consist of an international panel, where the newly drafted “Principles on Promotion of Freedom and Religion or Belief” will be presented and discussed.