7: Missionary Activities and Human Rights

The aim of this project is to contribute, on the basis of human rights, to the prevention of conflicts arising from missionary activities. The project focuses on both governments and missionary societies and their roles in ensuring that international standards for human rights are met.

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History of the project

In November 2009 the OC launched a document of Recommendations for Ground Rules on Missionary Activities. The Ground Rules focused on the “senders” of missionary activities, and sought to establish Human Rights as well as ethical standards of conduct for actors such as missionaries, missionary organizations and other religious actors involved in missionary activities.


The project on Missionary Activities and Human Rights will now, in a new stage, seek to explore another perspective of possible conflicts arising out of missionary activities: namely the role of the states in which missionary activities are conducted. It is beyond doubt that missionary activities have led and often lead to social, political and religious tensions in many particular contexts worldwide. As a result of missionary activity, states have often developed legislation to regulate or hinder missionary activities. This project seeks to explore the legitimacy of such regulations.

Current Focus

A two days international seminar titled “What are legitimate restrictions on missionary activity toward vulnerable groups?" will be arranged at Lysebu in Oslo, October 2014.



Lena Larsen


Working Group Members:

Gina Lende
Helge Årsheim
Sven Thore Kloster
Faruk Terzic
Egil Lothe



The Oslo Coalition for Freedom of Religion or Belief: Groundrules for Missionary Activities
An introduction and overview by Ingunn Folkestad Breiestein

Recommended Groundrules for Missionary Activities, 2011
A basis for creating individual codes of conduct

النشاطات التبشيرية وحقوق الإنسان
القواعد الأساسية التي ينصح باتباعها في النشاطات التبشيرية
المبدأ الساسي لخلق منظومات فردية للسلوك

Миссионерская деятельность и права человека:
Рекомендованные базовые правила для миссионерской деятельности (Основа для создания отдельных кодексов поведения)

Aktivitas-aktivitas Misionaris dan Hak Asasi Manusia
Ketentuan-ketentuan Mendasar untuk Aktivitas-aktivitas misionaris yang Direkomendasikan (Sebuah pijakan bagi penciptaan kode etik individu)

Missionarische Aktivitäten und Menschenrechte:
Empfohlene Grundregeln für missionarische Aktivitäten
(Eine Basis zur Erstellung individueller Verhaltensnormen)



Published Mar. 1, 2013 2:09 PM - Last modified Dec. 30, 2020 10:34 AM