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Oral statements delivered at the forum


I. Opening meeting

Statement by the Vice-President of the Human Rights Council H.E. Ambassador Ms Iruthisham
Statement by the Chief of the Special Procedures OHCHR Ms Jane Connors
Remarks by the Independent Expert on Minority Issues Ms Rita Izsák
Remarks by the Chair of the Forum on Minority Issues Ms Hedina Sijerčić
Remarks by the UN Special Adviser on the prevention of Genocide Mr Adama Dieng

II. Legal framework and key concepts

Assigned Speakers

Ms Nazila Ghanea, presenting on “Religious minorities and the question of responsibilities”

Mr Brian J. Grim, presenting on “The connection between government policies and social hostilities toward minorities”

Mr Rodrigo Vitorino Souza Alves, presenting on “The protection of religious minorities in the United Nations and Organizations of American States’ Systems”

Mr Mohamed Eltayeb, presenting on “Towards a framework for guaranteeing the rights of religious minorities: a quest for combating religious hatred”

Participants

Permanent Mission of Italy
Permanent Mission of the United States
Minority Rights Groups International
Permanent Mission of Norway
Permanent Mission of the Russian Federation
International Development Law Organization (IDLO)
Permanent Delegation of the European Union
Permanent Mission of Spain
International Association for Religious Freedom
Permanent Mission of Greece
Permanent Delegation of the Council of Europe
Indonesia National Commission on Violence Against Women
Permanent Mission of Thailand
Permanent Mission of the United Kingdom
Evangelical Baptist church of Georgia
Ecumenical Federation of Constantinopolitans
Association for Human Rights in Kurdistan of Iran
Szekler National Council
Assyrian Universal Alliance
Zagros Human Rights Center
Permanent Mission of Mexico
Autistic Minority International
Christian Study Centre
Nisa Ul Haqq fi Bangsamoro (Women for Justice in the Bangsamoro)
Major & Co
Permanent Mission of Indonesia
Alkalema Center for Human Rights
Institute for International Law and Human Rights
Ishtar TV
Permanent Mission of Ethiopia
Faith Matters
Permanent Mission of Pakistan
Permanent Mission of Romania

III. Protection of the existence of and prevention of violence against religious minorities

Assigned Speakers

Ms Salpy Eskidjian, presenting on “Inter-religious dialogue and the Cyprus Peace Process”

Ms Diane Ala’I, presenting on “Involvement, inclusion, expression and protection”

Mr Majed El Shafie, presenting on “Protecting religious minorities: a human imperative”

Participants

Permanent Mission of Serbia
Permanent Mission of Finland
Organization for Defending Victims of Violence
Permanent Mission of Austria
Permanent Mission of the United States of America
African Rights Monitor
Permanent Mission of Spain
Prevention Association of Social Harms
Yasa-Kurdish Centre for Legal Studies and Consultancy
Permanent Mission of the Holy See
World Uyghur Congress (WUC)
Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO)
Federation of Western Thrace Turks in Europe (ABTTF)
Permanent Mission of China
Permanent Mission of Italy
Imam Ali Center
Afaghe Jahan Center for Culture Studies and Strategic Communications
Asociación Miraísmo Internacional
Permanent Delegation of the European Union
International Association for the Defense of Religious Liberty
ARC Culture
Association for Human Rights in Kurdistan of Iran
Egyptian Center for Human Rights
Zagros Human Rights Center 1
Permanent Mission of the Russian Federation
Franciscans International
World Barua Organization
Ahwaz Human Rights Organisation
Jaffna Civil Society for Equality
Chin National Front
Youth Human Rights Movement
Nineveh Center for Research and Development
International Association for Religious Freedom
INFORM, Human Rights Documentation Centre
Forum of European Muslim Youth and Student Organisations
Andalus Institute for Tolerance and Anti-violence Studies
Permanent Mission of Montenegro
National Human Rights Commission of Korea
Fund for Support and Maintenance of Ecclesiastic Monuments
Union of Arab Jurists
Permanent Mission of the Syrian Arab Republic
Centre for Human Rights and Development
Forum for Development and Human Rights Dialogue
Joshua Generation and Youth Development
United Copts GB
European Union of Coptic Organization
Assyrian Democratic Organization
AfriForum
Iraqi Minorities Council
Democratic Solidarity Party of Al-Ahwaz
The People of Champa Descent Living at Conditions of Diaspora Academy
Ahwaz Mandaie Minority in Iran
Permanent Mission of Switzerland
Ahwazi Organization for Defense of Human Rights
The National Commission on Human Rights of Indonesia

IV. Promotion and protection of the identity of religious minorities

Assigned Speakers

Prof Mr Heiner Bielefeldt, presenting on “The rights of religious minorities”

Mr Sergine Mansour Sy Djamil, presenting on “The rights of non-Muslims in Islam”

Mr Maung Tun Khin, presenting on “The situation of Rohingya people”

Ms Leila Elali, presenting on “Challenges encountering women belonging to minorities, women’s rights and cultural relativism

Participants

Latvian Non-Citizens Congress

Permanent Mission of Brazil

Chin Human Rights Organization

Greek Helsinki Monitor

ICAAD, International Center for Advocates Against Discrimination

Arab Center for Research

Baloch Voice Association

WSI (World Sindhi Institute)

Permanent Mission of Azerbaijan

University of Athens

Rhodes, Kos and Dodecanese Turks Culture and Solidarity Association

Civic Chamber of the Russian Federation

Islamic Religion Teachers and Officers association

Western Thrace Minority University Graduates Association

Prevention Association of Social Harms

Permanent Mission of Egypt

Permanent Mission of Armenia

Permanent Mission of Hungary

The Cham National Federation of Cambodia

Mr Otto Kölbl

International Dalit Solidarity Network (ISDN)

Professional Development and Research Center (PDRC)

Union de Juristes Arabes

Permanent Mission of Nepal

Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka

Permanent Mission of Paraguay

Hammurabi Human Rights Organization


V. Promotion of constructive interfaith dialogue, consultation and exchange

Assigned Speakers

Mr José Riera, presenting on “UNHCR’s engagement with faith-based organisations, faith leaders and communities of faith”

Rev Mr Usman Fornah, presenting on the “Inter-Religious Council of Sierra Leone”

Ms Carmen Asiaín, presenting on “Freedom of conscience and religion as a uniting factor in interfaith dialogues”

Mr Louis Climis, presenting on “Minorities in Iraq, victims of religious, sectarian and ethnic conflicts” A - F

Participants

Nepal National Dalit Social Welfare Organization (NNDSWO)
International Association for the Defense of Religious Liberty
Religious Board of Muslims of the European part of Russia
Mr Tim Wood
Youth Development Foundation
Permanent Mission of Myanmar
Civic Integration Foundation
Permanent Mission of Canada
Permanent Mission of The Philippines
Permanent Mission of Georgia
Norwegian Center for Human Rights
Permanent Mission of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation
Permanent Mission of Greece
Permanent Mission of Austria
ARC
Ecumenical Federation of Constantinopolitans
Permanent Mission of Morocco
Faith Matters
Permanent Mission of Indonesia
Permanent Mission of Ethiopia
Permanent Mission of China
Permanent Delegation of the Council of Europe
Permanent Delegation of the European Union
Permanent Mission of Spain
Indonesia National Commission on Violence Against Women
Zagros Human Rights Center
Permanent Mission of the United States of America
Permanent Mission of Italy
International Association for Religious Freedom
Permanent Mission of Brazil

VI. Concluding remarks

Remarks by the Chairperson of the Forum on Minority Issues
Remarks by the Independent Expert on Minority Issues