Religion and Religious Freedom in International Diplomacy (22-23 September 2016)

On 22 September 2016, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief in collaboration with the World Council of Churches and Finnish Ecumenical Council organised a workshop on “Religion and Religious Freedom in International Diplomacy”. The main objectives of the workshop were:

  1. To understand the use of religion in foreign policies including in development and humanitarian aid;
  2. To sensitize the need of both “literacies” on religions and religious freedom in international diplomacy and foreign policies;
  3. To find ways to contribute to the advancement of religious literacy and freedom of religion or belief.

See Summary Brief of the Workshop.

Following the workshop, on 23 September 2016, the Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief with the sponsorship of the delegation of the European Union to the UN in Geneva and the World Council of Churches (WCC) organized a panel discussion “Religion and Religious Freedom in International Diplomacy” during the 33rd Session of the UN Human Rights Council.

See flyer.

See press releases*

http://eeas.europa.eu/delegations/un-geneva/10373/religion-in-international-diplomacy-promoting-religious-literacy_en

http://www.oikoumene.org/en/press-centre/news/wcc-holds-discussion-on-religious-freedom-literacy-and-diplomacy

* Note: OHCHR is not responsible for the content of external websites.


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